Puppy traumatized ?

  • Puppy traumatized ?

     Bill updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago 3 Members · 6 Posts
  • Zuma

    April 15, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Good day!

    Our GDS is 10weeks old and we’ve had him for 2. Last night and today I had to clean his ( came inflamed ) ears and he seems traumatized and runs away and avoids me now. He did gobble up a pile of high-value treats from my hand as soon as I put the meds down . Next hour he keeps away and won’t come for nothing.

    Our latest dog had problems which was tragic and we are trying to be very careful with puppy to make every every experience positive . Never mind I feel like crap over this 🙁

    Any advice ?

    Can this ruin our boy for life ?

    Thank you in advance .

  • Zvonimir

    April 15, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Re. the ear infection, you took him to the vet, right?

    Just to mention, to have in mind; skin diseases, arthritis, gum disease, ear infections, obesity, etc. can be linked to improper nutrition. You had him for 2 weeks only, so please take good care of him, treat his ear infection carefully, and give him best raw food you can. Raw food is easier on dog’s stomach and dogs generally feel more relaxed when on raw food. He will recover much faster.

    Dog’s ears are his prime sense, and he is traumatised not because of your handling, but because of his confusion with the transition, affected hearing, probably some pain, missing his litter mates, mother, etc. Avoid touching his ears for now when handling him, lower the voice when calling or handling him, lower the noise in the house for now (his ears are super sensitive now) and provide him plenty of water.

    • Zvonimir

      April 15, 2021 at 5:03 PM

      Another idea: oftentimes for ear infections vets prescribe some antibiotics. The problem is that they are generic treatments and often too strong for a puppy, which may influence his digestion, irritability etc. I would suggest you also treat the ear itself with specific balms and drops, like this one from GreenPet (they ship internationally): https://www.greenpet.com.au/product/greenpet-herbal-ear-drops/

      Like skin itch, ear infections may repeat on a regular basis if not treated specifically, so this can help in the long run.

  • Zuma

    April 15, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Thank you for your time and wisdom !

    We try our very best to provide only quality raw and whole prey food; ear problems started at breeders . I hope we can remediate the yeast with holistic care.

  • Bill

    April 17, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Hi Zuma – Ear infections have to be painful and likely he’s staying away from all sources that increase discomfort, ie: trying to clean the ears when they are inflamed. My 5.5 year old GSD never had an ear infection until 2 weeks ago. I noted he was shaking his head more than usual but there was no inflammation and ears appeared clean and there was no funny smell. Went to the vet as this was abnormal for my dog. Sure enough – ear infection – both ears. Vet stated that due to the higher than normal pollen counts – they are seeing lots of ear infections and I caught it very early. The vet cleaned the ears, took cultures, determined what type the infection was and prescribed ear drops for that issue. As Zvonimir has indicated you need to know what you are treating. The vet advised me not to dig in the ears to clear debris, etc and instead, administer the drops and use cotton balls to gently wipe away any debris and excess “drops” after administering them. My dog was very annoyed when the vet was probing in the ears for the samples! VERY unhappy is an understatement. After administering the drops once a day for 7 days, he would shake his head to clear out the excess whatever and I gently wiped away the wetness and any debris with cotton balls which was not painful to him as noted by his willingness to let me do it. If you and your vet determine it is related to allergies during high season – there are remedies that can help with the allergy symptoms that may block drainage and increase the likelihood of another infection. As your puppy was delivered to you with the issue is beyond disappointing, but it is what it is. You’ll get through this – we did – and that’s why I offer this experience. All the best!

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