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Shih Tzu Care- Watch His Ears

Jan 24, 2008
Shih Tzu care is a challenging yet enjoyable task. Isn't it amazing to think of you and your dog, spending time together in doing things like bathing and cleaning the ears, eyes and other parts of the body? Your dog's ears are as important as other parts of his body and must be cleaned to prevent ear mites and allergies.

Cleaning your dog's ears requires cleaning implements such as cotton balls, cotton swab, damp wash cloth or ear cleaning solution. Ear wash or ear cleaning solution is available at your local pet supply store or you can also get one from your veterinarian. A mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a substitute for your dog's ear cleaning solution.

The best way to clean the ears is to start from the outer area first. removing the dirt in this area can be done with the use of cotton ball dampened with cleaning solution. Then proceed to the inner ear by filling the ear canal with cleaning solution. Massaging the ear for about 20 seconds is enough to help loosen the dirt and ear wax. Using dry cotton balls, carefully wipe off the dirt and excess fluid.

A Shih Tzu will less likely contract the following diseases if proper cleaning of the ear is regularly done:

Otitis Media

When the infection of the external ear canal extends into the middle ear, Otitis Media or infection of the middle ear occurs. Reasons that your dog will endure from this disease is because of foreign bodies, debris and ulceration. Bacteria reach the middle ear when the eardrum ruptures therefore careful cleaning of the ear is necessary. Odor, discharge, ear scratching, head shaking and head tilt are signs of Otitis Media.

Otitis Externa

Outer ear infection is another term for Otitis Externa. Otitis Externa is an infection of the ear canal that usually begins at the outside of the ear opening and moves inwards to the eardrum. Causes of outer ear infection include bacteria, fungi, ear mites, accumulation of wax, thick or matted hair in the ear canal, debris, impaired drainage of the ear and infections from other parts of the body.

Hematoma of the Ear Flap

Hematoma of the ear flap occurs when the blood is accumulated between the cartilage and skin of the ear flap. This condition occurs when the cartilage is damaged because of too much head shaking or scratching at the ears.

Ear Mite Infestation

Animals like dogs and cats can possibly be infested with ear mites. Dog owners should watch out for these tiny white parasites because they are highly contagious and could infect the whole litter even if only one dog is infested initially. Signs of ear mite infestation include head shaking and ear scratching.

Shih Tzu care is not only limited to making your dog look beautiful. Keeping him clean matters the most.
About the Author
Richard Cussons has composed various pieces on dogs. For added information on Shih Tzu care, take a look at out this site dedicated to Shih Tzus.
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