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    Poor Tyson has a terrible tail pocket. It's extremely deep. When he came to me it was infected and honestly I don't think I ever got it completely cleared up. He has never had his pocket cleaned prior to coming to me . I was using some antibiotic/antifungal drops the vet gave me for his ears. She said I could use them in his tail pocket too. I never did get them in very deep though as he would have a heart attack, whimper cry and run away .I can see it is kinda yeasty and appears to be itchy. He let's me clean it somewhat but when I get to the deeper part he growls and barks and whimpers. I know it hurts and needs treatment but I cant get near it now .I don't want to muzzle him , but due to his reaction, I truly believe he would bite me for holding him down and messing with it. I don't blame him an bit. I want to avoid this but a muzzle doesn't work no nose. I have wrapped my cat in a towel before to do things he hates wondering if a large blanket would work or if anyone has a better suggestion. I don't want to traumatize him, but it's getting to the point that it NEEDS fixed. I know it is my fault for letting it go this long , but with all the awful things I already had to do to him since he came I didn't want to push it and I was hoping what I was doing would be enough to keep it from getting to this point.
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    I hate muzzles too..but sometimes that's the only wy to handle things. Thy have soft muzzles tht aren't nearly as traumatic. Once it's cleaned and healthy, you won't need it. Poor guy.

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    Aww, poor guy and poor mum! I've heard that cones are a must in emergency kits so our pups won't be able to bite us if they're in pain. Maybe one will work in this situation? Same idea, right?
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    I have not heard of a muzzle that will actually fit and stay on a Bulldog. Maybe Tyson needs light sedation to get that tail pocket cleaned out. I'd let the vet or vet techs handle it.

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    @ Alice Kable I was afraid of that. Honestly sedation scares me way more than being bitten. I think I'd much rather just be bitten. I know light sedation is safe but he is older and you just never know =( @savemejeebus hadn't thought of that. I may have to go grab one of those and see if that works prior to going to the vet.
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    I'd go with the cone idea. Seems much less traumatic than anything else I can think of. Or you can borrow my Shih Tzu. Gravy doesn't much like me messing with his tail pocket, but he'll let my Shih Tzu lick it clean.

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    hmm the shih tzu idea seems like the best one so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveMyBullyBoy View Post
    I'd go with the cone idea. Seems much less traumatic than anything else I can think of. Or you can borrow my Shih Tzu. Gravy doesn't much like me messing with his tail pocket, but he'll let my Shih Tzu lick it clean.

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    I would suggest panalog ointment after you clean it, it will kill bacteria and yeast better and faster than just using the anti bacterial ear/skin cleaner. Do you have any of that? If not call your vet and ask for some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveMyBullyBoy View Post
    I'd go with the cone idea. Seems much less traumatic than anything else I can think of. Or you can borrow my Shih Tzu. Gravy doesn't much like me messing with his tail pocket, but he'll let my Shih Tzu lick it clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveMyBullyBoy View Post
    I'd go with the cone idea. Seems much less traumatic than anything else I can think of. Or you can borrow my Shih Tzu. Gravy doesn't much like me messing with his tail pocket, but he'll let my Shih Tzu lick it clean.

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    Default Re: How do I avoid muzzling my bully?

    awe, I'm so sorry I can't help with any advise (i had to look up with a tail pocket is, as I've never heard of it) and hope everything works out! Good Luck

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