Wheaten terriers are often prone to ear infections (otitis externa). It is very important to keep their ears clean and free from hair and waxy buildup. The hair growing inside the ears has to be pluck out and the ears have to be clean with a otic solution at least once a week to prevent waxy build up that can promote an environment for organisms to grow in the ear.
A few years ago, Seamus was getting ear infections on his left ear. I kept taking him to the veterinarian for this problem. The veterinarian was giving him cortisone shots, oral antibiotics and ear drops. The veterinarian even sent a sample for culture to identify the organism causing this infections, but this did not resolve the issue. After many visitis to the doctor and expensive bills, I decided to get a second opinion. I made an appointment with another veterinarian. After evaluating Seamus' ear condition, this doctor decided to give Seamus another type of antibiotic. Seamus took the new antibiotic for two weeks and his ear infection was resolved. Althoug this antibiotic was very expensive ($8 a pill), it was the right medication for his condition. It has been almost two years and Seamus' ears are free of infection!