Maggie and Rufus have a vet appointment shortly. Rufus for his first check up, shots, and flea / tick medication. Maggie for her ears, yet another yeast infection.......and I know it's yeast because I recognize the smell. ugh Over the course of a lifetime I've owned many dogs of varying personalities and breeds/mixes. I can't recall any other who was "skiddish" when it came to medications or being cared for when hurt/ill. They all just sort of let me do what needed to be done without much fuss if any at all. Not Maggie. And let me tell you having an intelligent dog can work against you at times. Maggie is so intelligent it is impossible to "fool" her. Bribes don't work.......except it will ruin that treat for her forever it seems. (she refuses cheese now, won't take peanut butter, and won't so much as smell yogurt.........3 things she used to really like) Approaching her calming and sort of sneaking it up on her doesn't work more than once. Actually she has never fallen for it again. Just doing what needs to be done doesn't work either. Oh, I can maybe manage it once.......but then it takes days or weeks to get her to come to me again. ugh (and she will be skiddish as all get out for a long time) I'm going to guess this is due to her being too smart and not having been properly socialized with people while she was still with her Mommy. She has come a very long long way in her socialization with people........she is finally attempting to sit in my lap for love.......of course now that she is basically too big to do so. lol But it doesn't quite extend to trusting me in this area. Maybe it never will. (god I hope not) The vet looks at me like I'm sort of stupid because of course she'll let him do whatever he wants to her. She's pinned on the exam table for pete's sake and he only does it ONCE. If he had to do it twice, he'd see a totally different dog. And when Maggie doesn't want you to touch her, you're not going to touch her because she's fast, she's squirmy, she jumps HIGH.......so yeah. I'm going to refuse the ear drops. I don't care if he likes it or not. I've done that several times now. They're sitting on my hutch. 3-4 bottles of the stuff. I have gotten only a couple of doses out of the first bottle and that has wound up on the floor more than her ears. I'm wasting my money on the stuff. There is no point. I'm hoping, and pretty sure this time he has no choice, he will put her on pills. (the yeast has now gone from ears to mouth/feet) Bad thing is.............. I don't know that I'll be any more successful attempting to get pills down her than with the drops. Oh, I can get them down the first time, regardless of method. It's after that when we have the problem, especially if it upsets her tummy. I *might* be successful with pills if I can grind them up and hide them in canned or homemade dog food. (notice how I worded that) But Maggie's nose is so darn good she could easily be a drug sniffing dog. omg If I can't grind them, though.........I'm gonna have major issues. I have never been so frustrated over an issue with an animal......... Even Rufus, little as he is and as much as I know it hurt, seemed to know that I was "helping" him when I had to remove those nasty ticks from his ears. As far as the flea medication..........not a problem. It's a once a month deal. Goes on fast, doesn't hurt, and it's done. Not to mention she gets a month to forget the procedure. lol I think if we can get this yeast licked once and for all, it may never be an issue again. She got it by licking Molly's ears when they were infected.........she'd never had an issue prior to that.