My Dog is Scratching or Rubbing Her Ears
Itchy ears are one of the most annoying and common complaints of all dogs and their owners! Not only are itchy ears uncomfortable, but they are quite easy for dogs to reach, permitting them to make a mess of things without ever achieving much in the way of solving the initial problem. Your prompt action may save you some money and a great deal of aggravation.
What to Look For
Start with a thorough examination of your dog's head and ears, paying strict attention to signs of asymmetry in the way she holds her head and moves her ears and the angles that her ears adopt at rest. Look at each ear both outside and in, using a flashlight if needed. Finally, watch your dog walk both toward you and away from you, checking for signs of clumsiness or imbalance.
What to Do
Asking yourself a few questions should help you figure out what to do next:
If you suspect that your dog might have an ear infection, be particularly thorough, yet cautious, in your examination of the insides of her ears. Some ear infections are quite painful and if your dog is anxious to begin with, she may snap at you if you try anything too aggressive.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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