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    Default Tips on applying eye ointment?

    Hi guys,

    I got home from work this morning to find both dogs with a mild case of conjunctivitis. I always keep a few tubes of cream here as between the horses and dogs, it happens a fair bit and I hate paying a huge consultation fee (especially for horses) for what is only a $10 tube of cream.

    Meika is fine to apply the ointment to (it's in a syringe) but Molly seems to turn into a wriggly, slimy monster and I seem to get the cream everywhere but her eye. Does anyone have any tips on how I can apply this cream and actually get it where it's meant to go? (it seems 500kg horses are easier than a 23kg dog). I've tried making her lay on her side and holding her down, putting my arm around her neck/head and standing her between my legs and trying to hold her with my knees (almost ended up on my arse a few times there!). My OH is away for work until Friday so it has to be a way that only takes one person to apply.

    Thanks in advance

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    Firstly, I would like to say GOOD LUCK lol...Maybe hold each pooch, one at a time between your legs quite firmly, that way you have both hands free to apply the ointment. It works for me occasionly, lol.

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    My firstly is that using tubes of eye ointment between infected animals can cause spread of infection...........i even only use one tube for the right eye and one for the left.

    if you only have one tube, I would between each different eye, push some ointment out and clean the tube with metho, let it dry completely, before you use on the "new" eye

    Now for the ointment placement..

    Firstly do this with no ointment. Put the dogs head between your knees softly ( you standing, dog coming in from behind) and reward for any time the dog does this......Now play with the dog eyes, close the eye, open it and just rub it...Again any good is rewarded, anything else is ignored.

    I place the ointment on the lower lid, when they eye is closed, place between lids....this is less frightening and I just rub it in after.

    If you cannot do it alone ask for some help.

    Also remember how you react, (chew your lip or purse your lips)..if you are tense and anxious it won't work. I often sing a funny little song to our Lukey, who is our problem, this makes me smile and him relax..just like when you clip toenails. You the operator needs t be chiiled for the "scary to your dog" event.

    Always reward, even if just with words
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks guys! Don't worry, I use a different tube for each dog/animal and always clean it between each eye I tried putting her between my legs standing but it didn't really work (I'm thankful I'm not a male!), will try your tips on rewarding and singing newfsie. I found out a bit earlier that if I sit on the floor and get her to lay on her side next to me, I can put her head on my lap and she lets me put the cream in without a fuss! How weird is that! Maybe she just doesn't like feeling restrained, you never know what rescue dogs have been through!

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    You have the base there for future annointments if required. What you need to do now is getting her lying down and you play with both eyes often as possible. Lots of rewards when she doesn't shy away.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    Any application of eye cream should go on your finger then put into the dogs eye, with a wiping actions. Never the tube of cream.

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