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    Let me stress, we went to the vet on Friday. I'm looking for help, advise about carrrying out part of the Vet orders.
    The vet wants me to apply warm compresses twice a day for 5 minutes at a time to the eye.
    I'm lucky if he cooperates for a minute at a time. I have zero issues applying his ointment.
    Magic does not growl, snap or get nasty. He simply pulls his head away, on leash and slams the eye shut as tight as he can. If this does not work, we will have to knock him out for a one minute procedure, a stiitch, and worst several days of a cone of shame.
    Any ideas to get him to work with me?
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    This is a real shot in the dark. You might try some Benadryl to make him a little drowsy and calmer. Ask vet if this will help
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    If you have another person to hold his head and turn it up such that the eye you need to apply the compress to is facing upward, you can then straddle him to keep his body from moving and use one hand to hold the eye open and the other to apply the compress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    This is a real shot in the dark. You might try some Benadryl to make him a little drowsy and calmer. Ask vet if this will help
    He suffers at times from seasonal allergies and takes Benadryl then. It does not make him drowsy or calmer.
    He is a very calm dog in general around the house. Magic has been a working therapy dog since he was 12 months old so he's not off the walls. He just slams the eye shut. Thanks for the idea though.
    Hihope Hiland Heathen of Perth CD, RE, CGC, TDI

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    Maybe try a frozen Kong with peanut butter and have someone hold that still for him so he stays in position. He would be moving enough to lick the kong, but it might work. This is very helpful for drawing blood from puppies. So helpful that my vet was planning to put some in her freezer in case she needed them for other clients. They were oblivious to all but the Kong. Good luck.

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    I have a dog with occasional cherry eye that warm compress and massage helps.

    We use a wash cloth soaked with warm (almost hot) water and then cover with a dry ace bandage loosely wrapped. Supervised /petted with a Marrow bone treat stuffed with PB & Crushed dog cookies ... the head wrap does not exist. The calmer you are when applying the compress the more relaxed the dog can be... Maybe a bennedryl wont hurt either

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    Thanks for the ideas. I think I will try a frozen pb and kibble kong. I used to give those to him all the time when he was little and he loved them. Forgot all about those. Now to find all the kongs around the house.
    I better make up 4 or the others will feel left out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    Let me stress, we went to the vet on Friday. I'm looking for help, advise about carrrying out part of the Vet orders. The vet wants me to apply warm compresses twice a day for 5 minutes at a time to the eye. I'm lucky if he cooperates for a minute at a time. I have zero issues applying his ointment. Magic does not growl, snap or get nasty. He simply pulls his head away, on leash and slams the eye shut as tight as he can. If this does not work, we will have to knock him out for a one minute procedure, a stiitch, and worst several days of a cone of shame. Any ideas to get him to work with me?
    What was your vets diagnosis? Just curious why you are doing warm compresses to your dogs eye...

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    What it may be is that you think it won't work and the dog pulls back. Why not get the dog's head in your lay and simply pat and scratch his ears. Once he relaxes, let him sniff the warm cloth and satisfy his curiosity. then, when he relaxes again put the cloth on his neck. When he's used to that, then try the eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uplandbird View Post
    What was your vets diagnosis? Just curious why you are doing warm compresses to your dogs eye...
    OK, this is what I understand from what my vet said. The actual eye is fine. The issue is on the inside of the lower eyelid. He said to think of having a big teenage human zit there. I could have been caused by any number of things, from a piece of dirt, leaf crap, or an ingrown eyelash. When we there the vet actually squeezed puss out of it while I held him. The stuff that came out really did look like popping a zit.
    The warm compress is to try and pull the cause of the " zit" to the surface and out plus any more "zit" junk.
    Vet said about 40 % chance of success. We also have an ointment to use 2X's per day. Luckily Magic does not mess with the eye.
    Hihope Hiland Heathen of Perth CD, RE, CGC, TDI

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