Sunday, September 07, 2008

An Ear-y Tale

This has been a tricky week. Herbie got an ear infection (and a lump I was worried about, but vet's dealt with that one) and so I have had to chase him round the house twice a day in order to clean his ears and put drops in. He's normally so stoical and brave, but ear-cleaner? Noooooo!

Once I've pinned him down, I then have to squirt CleanAural into his ears (or "Nettoyant Auriculaire pour Chien" in case I ever have to ask for it in France) and duck as he shakes his head, and coats me with whatever's in his ears. Then I add some oozing yellow antibiotic drops, and have to massage them in. I think the vet was quite impressed with how much he fought the pair of us at the surgery. "He's still quite strong, isn't he?" Yup.

And smart. There's no bribing him, no distracting with pieces of cheese, no hiding little plastic bottles of ear-drops in my pocket and sneaking up on him from behind. I've had to resort to brute force, and I'm not proud of myself. His ears are much better, though, and I'm counting the days till Tuesday, when I can stop putting us both through this.


Ari_1965 said...

I had to do the same with a cat once. I had to put on gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and a sweatshirt first.

Linda Seid Frembes said...

Waldo is pretty good with ear drops. His long ears make good handles for when I need to keep his head still. =)

Lesley Rigby said...

I wish I could have been a fly on your wall!! Hope it's better now.

Fiona said...

Oh poor mr Herbs. I really hope he is all better now.....and that he has forgiven you.