My 8 year old Chihuahua has suffered from repeated ear problems. She has begun to act differently, she was a very active dog until recently ,she acts as though she wants to hide herself,even to the point of not wanting to go outside or be a part of activities that she enjoyed. I can not afford all of the testing my vet has asked for and rather then see her suffer I am at the point of making the aweful decision to put her to sleep. My vet has given her Gentizol for the problem and I have used it as perscribed, I also keep her ears clean of debree and make sure she gets a good diet and exercise. I am very concerned because her personality has changed dramatically. Can the use of Gentizol cause other health problems?
There is always a risk of dogs who have chronic problems with their ears suffering from hearing loss. I had a dog that did lose her hearing and it did cause her to act strangely especially at first. It is a scary world out there if they cannot hear.
As to the Gentizol itself I found these cautions under Veterinary drugs on this site.
Prolonged use of gentizol can cause temporary loss of hearing, especially in older dogs. Also small dogs are at higher risk of receiving an overdose of gentizol. All aminoglycosides have the potential to produce reversible and irreversible vestibular, cochlear and renal toxicity. Prolonged use or overdosage may produce adverse immunosuppressive effects.
I hope that helps.
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