Dog with itchy ear? Not infected?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Our Golden has a bunch of environmental and food allergies, and sometimes he’ll lay on the ground and scratch both ears with his front paws. Our vet actually recommended using chlorphenamine, which you can get at human drug stores, for his allergies. It’s a non-sedating antihistamine with no steroids, so we can give it to him very regularly during allergy season. Maybe you can ask your vet if that would be okay to give your dog for allergies so it can be used more often?

There are skin infections that can happen that don’t have a smell to them, so they’re probably going to want to see his ear.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It could also be yeast.  One of our danes gets yeasty ears from time to time.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@wandering_gypsy:  My best guess at this time of year would be a food allergy. What’s your dog eating right now? This is easy to rule out by putting him on a whole food for a week or two and seeing if the reaction improves. The easiest way is to choose a protein that isn’t the main protein source in his food (eg. ground beef if the food is chicken based) and serve that boiled with rice. (We use the instant microwave variety since boiling rice can take forever and is a pain.)

The infection can definitely not be stinky considering its placement, but that would be my guess if the vet rules out an ear infection. Also you can give your dog benedryl (1mg for every pound of body weight) if the infection is mild enough that you’d like to keep him away from his steroid based meds. 

Good luck! Hope he feels better.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our Golden used to get a LOT of ear crap, and it sounds similar to what you’re describing. One of his favorite things (he was weird) was when we’d take a tissue and gently clean it out for him.

He would scratch at it as well – as a matter of fact, he got all gross-college student with it. He’d generally scratch for a minute, then use his nail to pick in his ear a bit… then bring it to his mouth and lick it. I always told him he was a gross-o for doing it, unfortunatley dogs don’t care.

We’d just take the tissue, cover our finger with it, and wipe the inside of his ear. He’d wag his tail and bury his face in our laps when he saw the tissue (so his ears flopped on our legs – it was easier to clean them that way) and the scratching would stop after we did it (though sometimes he would check his own ears, he always stopped picking around in there)

I believe some people use oil (coconut, olive, etc) to help clean the outside parts of dog’s ears, I’ve never tried it myself so I don’t know.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Our Golden has also gotten yeast infections before (usually after his Setter sister decides to ‘clean’ the inside of his ears with her manky breath), and the odor was there, but very light, so it could be a yeast infection despite seemingly not having a smell.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@wandering_gypsy:  This happens to my dog frequently.  I bet it is an ear infection.  When she gets an ear infection, I don’t think it ever smells bad, but our other dog always notices it!  Don’t let it go too long, but I did the first time my dog got an ear infection, and it was really bad…. I felt sooo guilty!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

@wandering_gypsy:  One of my parents’ dogs is always scratching and itching at his one ear. The vet did all kinds of tests to rule out mites and everything. All of the tests came back negative, and then the vet realized that the dog’s inner ear was filled with a ton of wax, and he was cutting his outer ear trying to get to it. Now we have to give him ear drops and gently scoop out the wax. I do it probably once a week when I go back to visit (I’m the only one he allows to do it), and it’s always digusting, but we refer to that as his “stink ear” because it is pretty foul smelling, so this could be different.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@wandering_gypsy:  if the dog is a puppy, i would say maybe ear mites? or it could be a bad infection

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

we had a husky lab who’s ears were always bothering him.  We had drops that we put in and he LOVED having his ears rubbed – helped with the itching I guess.

He was really prone to infection but if I remember correctly it was a lot of yeast too.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

@wandering_gypsy:  Have you tried maybe massaging his ears at the base? I wouldn’t do it right now just incase the vet says something is wrong, but we rub our dogs there all the time to help break up the wax. We really don’t like putting Q-tips into their ears with the exception of the one dog who needs his ears done weekly, so this seems to help. I clean my ears out a lot, so I couldn’t imagine having years of ear wax built up in there! LOL

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