My dogs ear constantly get infected :( Any advice, dog owners? :/


sirenstarlight
on Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:25 am

I have a 2 year old shih tzu who costs me a bundle in vet bills because of his ears.  His ears constantly fill up with wax which then leads to infection.
The vet tells me that this is common with shih tzus and that it might happen forever.  Scary considering the price of the vet trips!
I've tried a few washes i've bought at the vet but can never really get the wax out.  His ears are full of hair too which doesn't help :/
Any suggestions on how to care for or treat his ears at home?
I'd be especially interested to hear from someone who has a shih tzu with the same issue :/
 

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takoda
I don't have one but on Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:59 am


try keeping the hair in your dogs ear's cut short. That might help some, but I can't tell you what to do about the wax because I haven't had to deal with that, sorry. Good luck to both you and your dog.
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shagtownlady
. on Apr 14, 2012 @ 04:02 pm

Sorry, I don't have a shih tzu either - my dog's a bugg and he doesn't have a whole lot of hair in his ears. BUT he has had ear infections, because his ears get dirty pretty quickly from running around outside, and then he scratches at them with his nails. We haven't had much luck cleaning them at home (he doesn't always want to co-operate!)
So recently we took him to a groomer inside a Pet Valu Plus store that's close by, after calling around to a few other places (honestly Pet Valu wasn't the first place I wanted to take him, but now I'm glad we did). They were very good with him and they cleaned inside his ears really well, plus did his nails and gave him a bath, for about $30. It was worth it, in my opinion, for how well they took care of him, and it was little less than an hour to get it all done.
I would recommend looking into something like that if you don't find any good at-home treatments - if you find the right people, they'll have lots of experience and treat your pet really well, and it's probably less expensive than a vet.
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LadyFlash
Hi! on Apr 14, 2012 @ 06:45 pm

I use to have a Lhasa Apso (similar to Shih tzus and prone to ear infections as well) And we use to keep the hair short inside her ears and use common dog ear drops to kill bacteria (instead of washes) regularly to keep her ears clean. Also giving them regular baths can actually agitate the ears in some cases. So make sure no soap, water gets in them when she needs them. Hope that helps at all :S
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crysrob
Ears on Apr 14, 2012 @ 08:29 pm

Not completely sure on this , but did hear that putting a bit of mineral oil on a qtip and moving it around the doggies ear after they have been cleaned helps keep them that way. Also keeps mites away and that could be part of your dogs ear issue.
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sirenstarlight
Thank You :) on Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:19 am

Thanks for the suggestions! :)
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doug.the.wookie
try witch hazel on Apr 16, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

Definitely keeping the hair inside pups ears short. Also use a qtip dipped in witch hazel to clean the ears.
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sirenstarlight
Witch Hazel on Apr 19, 2012 @ 09:30 am

Witch Hazel?? I've never heard of that! Thanks, I'll have a look for it :)
He has a grooming appointment on Saturday, so i'll ask if they can trim the hair in his ears :)
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doug.the.wookie
you can find it in most pharmacy isles and health food stores on Apr 19, 2012 @ 03:34 pm

Witch Hazel is a natural astringent and is quite gentle and effective. I've had several dogs and cats over the years with build-up, mites, infections and stinky ear problems. I've used it on my own self, to help clean piercings that are healing and It's also really nice to use on breakouts/oily patches. Quite soothing and very effective. Good luck!
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sirenstarlight
Wow on Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

Thanks! I'll have to get some! Can you get it at a pharmacy? Is it liquid or cream?
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fargiemargie13
bummer on Apr 29, 2012 @ 02:06 pm

My dog used to get infections too. You really have to keep the ears dry. He had floppy ears and if the ear didn't get fully dry after swimming, an infection would start.
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