Sudden Deafness In Rat Terrier After Ear Infection And Teeth Cleaning Treatment
I have a 14 y/o Rat Terrier named Wishbone. She has a Grade 3/4 Heart Murmur and has been on the lowest dosage possible of Vetmedin and Enalapril for her Congestive Heart Failure (which she shows no symptoms of since starting the medication). She is fed a raw diet (Stella & Chewy's) and is allergic to any type of bird...chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, etc..but we seem to do okay with beef or lamb. We do leave a small handful of kibble available to her between feedings to eat at her leisure if she is hungry...she rarely touches it, but sometimes she does. She gets raw carrot chips as treats, and the occasional apple slice.
She has had a recurrent lip infection for about 3 years...we treat it with antibiotics (she won't let us "wash" her face after eating..or..ever for that matter) and it clears it up, only to return weeks later. She seemed to be having some issues drinking her water or eating the kibble and carrots, so we agreed with the vet that a teeth cleaning would allow him the chance to get a good luck at her mouth, gums and lip. She was put on Clindamycin for 5 days before the cleaning, during which time she developed a minor ear infection.
We dropped her off and asked the vet to take a look at her ears while she was sedated (they used isoflurane gas, and kept her on oxygen due to her heart issues, and also a heart monitor during the procedure). Her teeth cleaning went well, she was sedated for 22 minutes total, and they put an OtiPack E (Enrofloxacin + Ketoconazole + Triamcinolone in a lanolin base) in each ear. She had a yeast infection in one ear, and some bacteria in the other, so this would take care of both. She doesn't let us put drops in her ears, so this is designed to slowly melt over 7-10 days...over which time her hearing may be muted or lost temporarily, until the medication is fully dissolved.
When we brought her home, she was still reeling from all of the meds (sedative to calm her...narcotic painkiller just in case), but the next morning, she was normal...except she was completely deaf. I expected it, from the OtiPack E.
Seven days later, still completely deaf. I called the vet, and he said it was normal with an Otipack and to give it another week.
Two weeks later, still deaf. He asked that we bring her in. There was traces of the medication left, her ears & eardrum looked excellent. They flushed her ears to eliminate the remaining traces of Otipack, but still completely deaf.
They told us they have no idea why it happened. Nothing in the Otipack is toxic to the ears, nor is any of the meds they used for her teeth cleaning. Her eardrums were intact when he first put the otipack in. We all fear her hearing loss is permanent. He contacted the pharmacy that makes Otipack E and they said they have no reports of permanant hearing loss, tho they do have rare reports of hearing loss that lasts 4 to 6 weeks, but no one understands why it happens.
Is there anything I can try...herbal remedies, vitamins...that may help. Perhaps something specific to the auditory or neurological systems?
She seems to be adapting well to her loss of such an important sense...I, on the other hand, am heartbroken for her!
Hope, Bc Canada
St Paul, Mn
College Station, Tx
College Station, Tx