What Is Wrong With My Dogs Ears?


My dog has got itchy flaky ears. I can't take him to a vet as he gets aggressive out of fear with strangers. Does anyone know what is causing it and what I can get to treat it?


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June 9, 20210 found this helpful

I'm not sure what might be causing the ear issue but it's important to take your dog into the vet. We had a feral kitten that was terrified of the vet. We were prescribed gabapentin to sedate her for the visit. After a few visits, she was able to go in without freaking out. Perhaps that could help your dog get used to the vet as he will need to be seen regularly for shots and health concerns

Good luck!

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June 9, 20210 found this helpful

No one on here should diagnose your dog. You need to take him to the vet.

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June 9, 20210 found this helpful

It could be several things such as Scabies, severe ear mite problem, a skin problem, allergies...and more. BUT a vet is the only one who can look at the problem and come up with a solution. Call the vet beforehand to see if the vet will come out to your vehicle to take a look at the problem, instead of your dog having to go inside. Good luck.

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June 10, 20210 found this helpful

It is best to be sure about your fur babies ears, See a Vet as soon as you are able. This could be all or nothing, get advice from a professional.

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June 11, 20210 found this helpful

How to test for Ear mites.

  • One way to test for ear mites is this.
  • Use a qtip to take a swab of the black stuff, which looks like it is fairly close to the opening of the ear.
  • Don't go further into the ear because you may damage it.
  • Smear the black waxy looking stuff onto a black piece of paper, nothing special, even a small black section of a magazine.
  • Place the paper with the smear under a lamp.
  • You may need a magnifying glass, or not if your vision is good.
  • The light will make the mites start crawling around.
  • If you see mites you might be able to just get some medicine from a vet.
  • Another way to check for mites is to rub your dog's ear while he is resting and not scratching his ears.
  • If he immediately starts to scratch it is because the mites have been activated by the motion of your rubbing his ears.
  • If you have a Petco in your area, you can see a vet without a visit fee, and you can also have your dog vaccinated. Good luck with your dog.
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