Chronic ear problems are a new Scottish Terrier health issue for me. Before Nibbles and Pudley, I never had a dog with any kind of ear problems. On their initial visit with the V-E-T, which was only days into their stay at the Scottie House, I learned that though they already had been undergoing treatment, their ears were in pretty bad shape. So, we had something called BNT treatment done in which this thick, yellowish goop is placed all over the inside of a dog's ears to help clean things up.
|Surely, she won't take us to the V-E-T again...|
It was evident Nibbles and Pudley did not appreciate having that goop inside their ears. Every few minutes, they would shake their heads from side to side trying to clear them out. And, when we returned to the Scottie House, they tried to rub their ears on any surface of the house they could find that would help relieve them of the yucky goop. We also switched their diets to the same limited ingredient formula Heather and Mr. K have used for years in case they, like Mr. K, had food allergies. For two weeks, things seemed pretty good and I thought we were in the clear.
Not long thereafter, Nibble and Pudley started pawing at and itching their ears again. Then, there was the return of the head shaking. I knew another trip to the V-E-T was in store for us. Poor Nibbles and Pudley aren't accustomed to trips to the V-E-T as Heather and Mr. K are and so they nothing short of terrified when we go. Nibbles even shakes and refuses to cross through the door's threshold on her own. Despite this, I knew they needed relief from itchy ears so we hopped into the Scottie Mobile and off to the V-E-T we went for the fifth or sixth time in the last month.
The V-E-T recommended doing another BNT treatment in the hopes it would clear out Nibbles' and Pudley's ears once and for all. If it doesn't, we'll be back at the V-E-T in another two weeks or so in search of another solution. Though the BNT treatment does a good job for the two weeks or so it lasts, it costs $82 for both dogs and I'm not sure if BNT treatment is even intended to be a long-term solution. If it can be, combining that cost with Heather's treatment for Cushing's every two weeks will necessitate our canine healthcare budget for the year being readjusted considerably!
Tell us: have you ever had a pup with chronic ear issues and what treatment did you choose?