Some time ago now, Carol went through a series of “Check your …………” training exercises* with Ray. These consisted of “Check your teeth”, “Check your ears”, “Check your feet” and were designed to not only make our lives easier when checking those areas, but to make veterinary visits so much more amiable.
Ray was diagnosed with a mild ear issue some time ago and, while we treated him regularly and prevented it from getting any worse, it became very questionable as to whether we were making any progress. We noticed that he went through bouts of scratching one particular ear and so a visit to the vet was deemed necessary. Ray was immediately enrolled in a refresher course on “Check your ears!”
Carol has always taken the lead when it comes to “manhandling” Ray because he gives her more latitude than he would anybody else (which includes me) however, we had to expand his acceptance of who was going to be looking inside his ear.
She later expanded the session to include touching his ear with objects (TV remote!) and ultimately putting a pencil style flashlight into his ear. This would hopefully prepare him for the vet having a good look inside.
The vet visit was pretty much a non-event with Ray being cautiously cooperative. We did however leave there with a container from which the contents had to be squeezed down a tube and well into his ear.
Thank goodness for the flashlight in his ear training because although he clearly did not like the sensation, his lack of any serious resistance, together lots of pieces of cucumber, enabled a good dose of medication down inside his ear!
*See Post “The Check Routine” – May 3, 2015