Thank you for sharing all your methods, I will certainly have plenty of time to try them all so helpfully some will work. I've been managing to do it so far while he sleeps, sometimes I'm even lucky enough to be able to do it just by holding him in bed right after he wakes up since he doesn't feel like fighting when he's sleepy. His eye is looking a lot better too, the vet said it's almost healed so he's all good for our little road trip this weekend! Will post pics afterwards :)
More difficult? Pilling the Doxie!! :-)
Glad to hear your boy is on the mend!!
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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should just relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Drops can be pretty bothersome. My trick is to use the high backed couch. I sit the pug with his back in the corner facing out and use my body to brace him firmly there (pin him belly to belly). I hook my arm around his neck like you are hugging him and hold the dropper above and over the outside of the eye, and then pray i get something close to the dose IN his eye!
I despise drops personally....i get really worried that in the wiggling and squirming that i won't get enough meds in his eyes, or will get too much in his eyes as i compensate for the same wiggling! I try to get the meds in ointment form if possible, and use my fingers to apply it. And both my dogs get this done x3 daily, and will actually sit for it (with bribes of course!!) I squirt the dose onto my clean pointer fingers and use my thumbs to pull down the eyelids, then 'wipe' the ointment in the eye on the lower lid. Easy peasy! And no worries about squirming, or poking the pug in the eye with the tube/dripper as they stage their revolt.
always, beth ... owned by Buddha the famished fawn boy and JujuBee the bouncing black pixie diva
I find most other things more difficult. One of my pugs gets Optimmune morning and night and lubrication ointment or drops several times a day. The others get drops at least once a day. I hold them like a baby, belly up, in the crook of my right arm while I am sitting beside a table which holds the meds. With my left hand (I'm right handed) I massage the eye, blot very carefully with a tissue to get the goop out, being careful not to touch the cornea. Then I apply the ointment or drops. If needed, I hold the eye open with my right thumb and forefinger. Then they get a bellyrub, a kiss on the forehead and that's that. Sometimes they'll even come to me where I'm seated when I say, "time for eyes". No treats. When it becomes part of their regular routine, they're not scared and don't put up a fuss.
"You cannot afford to subject your animals, or your children, to medical interventions that you do not understand. The belief system upon which the conventional medical model is founded is so faulty, so corrupt and so dangerous that you simply cannot afford to follow blindly." Catherine O’Driscoll http://www.whale.to/vaccine/driscoll1.html
Hilary & the Pugpillow Gang: Rescues: Denver (10), Tina (7), Murdoch (5) and chihuahua puppy Maximus Spartacus. Always loving my angel-girl Mei-Ling (1994-2009), my cutie-patootie Kim-Soo (1995-2010), my precious Daisy-Bo (1998?-2006), my sweet boyfriend Jake (1997-2010), my little black beauty Betsy (1995-2010), my sweet old grumpy man Gooey (1996-2011), and my sweet gentleman Farnsworth (1998-2012) at the Bridge.