With your Chihuahua secure between your legs and with a helper assisting you to keep him in place, put 4 to 5 drops in the ear. You will then massage the base of the ear for 2 minutes. This will loosen wax and move the fluid around to catch dirt and debris.
Once that is complete, use the gauze to wipe out the swirls of the inside flap of the leather and as far as you can safely go without digging deep into the canal which can cause damage, push things further in and even exasperate an infection.
Herbal Remedy for Chihuahua Ear Infections
One holistic approach to helping to resolve an ear problem is to clean the inside of the ears with Mullein Oil, which is a fluid extracted from the Mullein flower. It is not recommended to treat infection; rather it is an herbal cleaning solution to maintain good ear health.
It is suggested to use a well-known brand with a non-alcohol formula. If you would like to see our recommendations, you may wish to look to 'Grooming' in the Chihuahua Specialty Shoppe
Treatment for Chihuahua Ear Infections
While you can use home remedies for cleaning the ears as discussed above and it may clear up minor issues, when a Chihuahua has a full-fledged, raging infection you will want to seek the care of a reputable, experienced veterinarian.
The vet will perform an examination to look for signs of swelling, redness, discharge and irritation. The canal should be inspected for a foreign body such as grass seeds, tiny blades of grass, a sand pebble and other elements that may have fallen down into the ear during playtime outside.
The veterinarian should take a sample swipe of the outer canal to look for bacteria, yeast or parasites (mites). For Chihuahuas that have chronic ear infections, other tests should be run as well such as looking for thyroid issues or allergies.
A professional cleaning should be performed at the office. Once done, this will be followed by prescribing medications to be given at home. With most Chi, this will include both oral and topical medicine.
You will probably be instructed to perform a daily cleansing in order to keep them clear enough to absorb the medication.
Be sure to follow through will all doses, even if your Chihuahua appears better. Just a trace of bacteria left in the ear can grow into a widespread infection.
Chihuahua Dogs with Chronic Ear Infections
It can be so frustrating to work to clear up an infection, only to have it come back again and again. Each time that the ear is assaulted in this way, it can cause small amounts of damage. In time, this will add up and can lead to permanent damage including loss of hearing.
Owners will need to work together with a trusted veterinarian to ensure proper treatment both at home and with prescribed medications.
When the problem keeps coming back, the vet should look for an underlying cause. One of the most common reasons for reoccurring problems is allergies
. This may be an inhaled allergy (weeds, pollen, trees, and grasses) or a food allergy. Aside from ear infections there may also be other signs such as watery eyes, wheezing, coughing and/or skin and coat problems.
In the case of food allergies there may be vomiting, upset stomach, loose stools and/or diarrhea.
While prescribed medications are given, owners must work to keep the ears both clean and dry. Cotton balls should be gently placed in the ears before baths are given and the outer flaps and outer canal should be wiped dry afterward. Dogs with chronic ear infections should not be allowed to swim until the condition is under control.
Hygiene is vital, done by removing excess wax and by plucking any thick long hairs that may contribute to the issue.
When a dog does not respond to antibiotics and is nearing the point of permanent damage, surgery may be recommended as a last course of action. There can be bone degeneration that can be seen via x-rays. It may seem drastic; however with stubborn infections it actually is quite successful.
The surgery is called Total Ear Canal Ablation (though other less evasive operations may be done, they do not have the high success rate in eradicating ear infections as this does)
During the procedure, the diseased ear canal is removed; though the hearing organ remains. This involves pre-surgical dosing of antibiotics for 10 to 14 days. After the surgery, the dog is given medication to control pain along with another course of antibiotics.
The success rate for resolving chronic ear infections is quite high with this surgery and many owners report that their Chihuahua has a happier and easier going personality once he no longer had to endure ongoing pain.