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I need a straight-jacket, not for me, for the dog!

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ShelleyRose Report 16 Nov 2012 21:24

Hi everyone,
Could anyone help please, our dog Poppy has been diagnosed with 'dry eye' syndrome, treatment is Optimmune cream in a tube, so far three of us have failed to get this in her eyes properly, she wriggles and fidgets so much. (instructions say wear gloves when using and wash hands afterwards)! Only way I've managed to get any in her eyes, is by putting the cream on my finger and hoping it's going in the right place.
Any help/advice on how to do this please,

from a very stressed ShelleyRose and Poppy. xx


AnnCardiff Report 16 Nov 2012 21:31

is this any help

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from the garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail. Get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans and drink one beer to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the top of the tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How To Give A Dog A Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.
2. Toss it in the air.



Porkie_Pie Report 16 Nov 2012 21:54

I no this is eye drops and not cream but it may help,

check out the (Best Answer)

I would never use force, Your dog needs to no you love him and trust you

Which ever method you use make sure you praise him and give him a treat for his patience and good behavior



Susan10146857 Report 16 Nov 2012 22:05

Take it back to the vet and ask them to demonstrate......If they can't, they shouldn't prescribe the ointment. I bet you paid a fortune for it, so the vet should have the answer.


SheilaWestWilts Report 16 Nov 2012 22:16

Get cream etc prepared beforehand without the dog seeing what's going on, best when she's sleeping or quiet. Stay calm. Get her to sit and hold her from behind, close to your body, one arm round her neck and holding head still, one keeping front legs down. Hold gently but firmly. Other person meantime gets a bit of cream on finger and gets in as much as possible. It's fine to put on eyelids and then rub in. The ointment can be tricky as it's thick and gungy, but a little should get in to the eye itself :-D. Release dog and give her a treat!!

You don't say how big she is.... :-D


ShelleyRose Report 16 Nov 2012 23:11

AnnCardiff, Thanks for that, I needed a good laugh (I have a cat as well as a dog).

Roy, Many thanks for the website, will look.

Susan, I got a prescription from the vet (£10.41 for 3 months) and bought it online, a month's supply at £23.50 plus p & p, the vet wanted to charge £50.51 for the same, said they couldn't do it cheaper!

SheilaWestWilts, Many thanks we'll certainly try this, think we were all getting stressed, Poppy's a 2 yr old cav. king charles spaniel.

Many thanks again for all your advice.

ShelleyRose x

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)


maggiewinchester Report 16 Nov 2012 23:24

When my daughter had a GSD, I'd stand with her sitting between my legs (after the first time, I had to do this when she wasn't expecting it), put my arm under her neck, pull her head up as I squeezed her shoulders gently with my knees and poke the cream in!

That's the dog, not my daughter :-D


Barbra Report 17 Nov 2012 16:50

I would sit beside the dog .put your hand through the collar hold tight .other person on the other side .with dog treat .you should get cream in with your spare hand .talk to poppy reasure her good luck Barbra x Ann you are a star really funny :-D


maggiewinchester Report 17 Nov 2012 17:53

...when George the cat had a confrontation with a car and broke his jaw, he also got an abcess, and I was given 'palatable' antibiotics for him. 'Palatable' may work with dogs, but rarely with cars.

As he had a broken jaw, I couldn't use the usual way of grasping jaw, openng mouth & shoving pill down.
Tried it in his food (difficult with 3 cats - they have their own bowls, but finish each others' food off) no luck.

I was pondering what to do, and was fiddling with thefoil packet, when George came up to me & looked interested.
I released a pill, tossed it towards him muttering 'You may as well play with it'. He caught it in his mouth and ate it!!
This became a regular game, to such an extent, that when the antibiotics were finished, I had to continue playing the game using treats! :-S


ShelleyRose Report 20 Nov 2012 21:39

Maggiewinchester & Barbara,

Many thanks for that advice, it's verymuch appreciated.

ShelleyRose x

:-) :-)