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Any advice for ear drops??

Post by Zo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:54 pm

Hector really, really hates the ear drops, to the point that it's a massive struggle to give him them, and it's really stressing him out. I'm debating seeing if there's an alternative to ear drops, it stresses him out so much that I don't feel like it's overly beneficial. All his cheeks are greasy feeling because he scratches his ears after I put the drops in and gets it all down his face.
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Re: Any advice for ear drops??

Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:33 am

I would recommend that you burrito him then keep him in the burrito for a good 5 mins after putting in the drops.


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Post by Tuckerbunnies on Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:09 am

A lot of rabbit's hate ear drops as it's most unpleasant for them but sometimes they need to have drops in, I am near to passing out when I have to have drops in my ear I hate it so I can sympathize with a bunny.

Like Cheryl said a bunny burrito will help stop him struggling ( or should) if you are unsure how to make one there are numerous video's on 'You Tube' that show you how.

When you put the drops in gently massage the base of the ears.

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Post by Thumper2001 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:04 pm

I don't blame Hector! I HATE ear drops!!
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Re: Any advice for ear drops??

Post by Zo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:13 pm

I don't mind ear drops, but I'm not a fan of eye drops.

Hector's ears feel REALLY hot, the rest of him is fine temp wise, but he's been a bit lethargic for the past couple of days. He'll run around for a few minutes then he flops out for the rest of the evening :/ he's eating, drinking, and pooing fine.
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Post by Thumper2001 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:14 pm

Is your house really warm?
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Re: Any advice for ear drops??

Post by Sparky on Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:17 pm

I know the vet gave the ear drops 'just in case' - is it worth asking if there is an alternative treatment? I'm not sure what it was 'just in case' of - mites or an infection or something else...?
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Post by Zo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Sparky, it was just in case of mites, could he not have ivermectin?


No it's not thumper Sad my room is always on the cooler side because I get too hot really easily
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Post by Sparky on Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:48 pm

Personally, I'd be inclined to stop the drops as they were just-in-case anyway and are causing him so much distress. Then speak to the vet about whether to give him something else or leave him be for now.

I wonder if his ears are hot because he has been scratching at them after the drops have gone in - does the skin look sore at all if you part the fur? Is he moulting heavily at the moment?
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Re: Any advice for ear drops??

Post by Zo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:56 pm

I can't look because Hector doesn't trust me near his ears now No

I think I will stop the drops, and phone the vets on Monday. Do you have any suggestions for how I can get the greasy patches clean?


He doesn't like the flash Laughing

It's on his neck and under his ear.
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Post by Sparky on Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:05 pm

Awww, bless him - you have made Hector sad Sad Wink

I'd go over the greasy bits with baby wipes but not worry too much about it if he does not want you near his ears - he'll sort it out himself.
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Post by Zo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:29 pm

Ok, I'll wait until tomorrow to try and clean him off a bit!

He just gave me kisses so I can't be doing too badly Wink
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Re: Any advice for ear drops??

Post by Zo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:54 pm

Oh and as for his moult, he doesn't seem to be losing much fur, but I think he's been grooming himself more so there's more fur in his system. I'm seeing more stringy poos, and he had a poo that was a bit stuck just now, I had to gently pull it out.
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