Remedy for a Dog's Itchy Ears

I have a Chihuahua puppy that will be 7 months old in a couple of weeks. Recently she started constantly scratching her left ear and then licking her toes and going right back to scratching. Is there anything, other than taking her to the vet, that I can do to help her?


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April 28, 20150 found this helpful

Your dog's itching, etc., can be the result of many possible problems, however, if you do not know the exact problem, neither you nor anyone else can provide the correct treatment. If you have a problem that you do not know how to correct, such as allergies, cancer, pneumonia, etc., you certainly want a doctor to help you with a correct diagnosis and treatment. You would not wait weeks and months trying to treat the problem yourself.

Your dog is suffering and if you do not take her to your vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendation, the problem will continue to worsen. She may have an infection, mites, allergy, fleas, etc. Please take her to your vet for help to recover from her very difficult and irritating condition.

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April 30, 20150 found this helpful

Dinah said it very well. You really can't afford to guess, and neither can your puppy. You may end up with something much worse and more expensive if you wait.


Ear infections can go to the inner ear and destroy your puppies balance, which she will live with for the rest of her life.

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May 2, 20150 found this helpful

I'm going to third this one.
Many assume they know the answer- they look at websites that describe vague symptoms and attempt to diagnose the problem. A home remedy is given that usually doesn't work. In the meantime the dog is in misery. The problem only gets worse.

The vet can give you an accurate diagnosis and a real medicine to treat it.

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May 14, 20150 found this helpful

GO TO THE VET!! Your puppy must depend on you for proper care for LIFE and the highest quality life. Would you ask untrained people on any web site how to treat your human child? Your Fur children deserve the same loving compassion as your human child deserves. Please take your puppy to the vet.

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March 4, 20160 found this helpful

I have been to 7 different vets and my dog has suffered for years and still does. Nothing cures, but what helps is raw organic apple cider vinegar (Bragg's) on a cotton ball.


She puts her head on my leg a certain way when she wants it so i know it helps her.

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May 17, 20180 found this helpful

Easy for you to say go to the vet, trouble is they charge an arm and a leg as soon as you put one foot in the door.

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June 24, 20161 found this helpful

It is hard to say why the pup is scratching her ears, this does need a diagnosis to begin with. She licks her toes afterward because she is cleaning them of whatever is in her ear, dogs gain other information from this as well, though it is up to you to find out and help her. If you rubbed her ear with your finger and showed it to her, she would smell and lick your finger too. Dogs that scratch their ears constantly definitely have something wrong, whether it be ear mites or grass allergies. Unfortunately, this scratching can lead to a type of hematoma - the scratching can break a blood vessel, which fills the lining between the skin and the cartilage w blood. This will cause the ear to balloon up, requiring surgery which often doesn't work, and the ear will re-fill with blood.


Eventually the blood will re-absorb, but this takes a long time, while the ear remains extremely painful. Once the blood does reabsorb, the dog is left permanently disfigured with what is referred to as "Boxer's ear" or "cauliflower ear", where it becomes shriveled and misshapen, which often leads to further problems since fresh air and proper cleaning become more difficult. Please find the resources to have your puppy properly diagnosed. Once done don't be afraid to ask your vet if there is an over the counter option for treatment-if there is, a good vet will tell you - most are in their profession because they love animals. If there is an alternative option a good Vet will tell you -theyd rather the animal be cared for than make an extra buck off everyone. Please have your pup seen immediately. God bless

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