|Written by Donna Thacker|
If you own a Shih Tzu, then you know they are prone to ear infections. My Shih Tzu was plagued with a terrible ear infection shortly after I got him. We set off on a strict ear care regimen, and he has never had an infection since. As a matter of fact, our vet was pretty amazed at the condition I kept his ears in.
First and most important, the ear must be kept clean and dry. This can be hard at bath time, but it can be done. Just make sure you keep your hand over the ear flap, holding it tightly against the ear canal opening. This way the water and soap cannot get in.
Always keep a good eye on the dogâ€™s ears. Examine them every couple of days to insure they are clean and healthy. Lift the long floppy ear up and look into the ear canal. It should be clean looking and a light pink color. If you see dirt, or any redness the ear needs cleaned.
Clean the ear canal once a week with a mixture of mineral oil and vitamin e. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture of Â˝ mineral oil and half vitamin e. Saturate the ear canal with the wet cotton ball and massage the ear well.
Use a dry cotton ball to swab out any excess oil. If the cotton ball appears to be dirty or brownish color (ear wax build up) you need to continue the cleaning until the cotton ball comes out clean.
If the ear appears a deep red color or if it has an odor your Shih Tzu may already have an ear infection. A few drops of aloe vera juice will help clear up a slight infection. Washing the ear with Green tea will relieve the infection too. Warm the juice or tea slightly and put a couple drops into the ear canal. Message in and wipe out any excess.
You can do this daily, but if the ear is showing no improvement, you may have to take your Shih Tzu to the vet for a prescribed antibiotic. Keeping the ears clean and dry and paying daily attention should avoid an infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics.