Post # 1
Hi I’m hoping someone on here can help me without just telling me to go to the vet. I have a 4 year male akita who is seriously the most wonderful dog, a big teddy bear but has a terrible fear and aggression problems with the vet. It is such an ordeal to go, and is pretty pointless because he will not allow the vet ANYWHERE near him to look at him and we usually end up treating him ourselves successfully with human meds, such as general antibiotics. Last tiem we went to the vet the got out of his muzzle and collar and was growling at the terrified vet, luckily he sat for me and allowed me to muzzle him again. I know he sounds deranged but it really is only at the vets, he is the most loyal and lavable companion I could wish for.
ANYWAY, he has developed thick flaky skin that looks like bad dandruff inside his ears for the past few weeks and the hair on the back of his ears looks like it is thinning with white flakiness in the skin under it. He used to get smelly ear infections before which I trerated myself with antibiotics but I have never seen anything like this. It doesnt seem to smell or be painful. I gave him a course of antibiotics and I am not sure if it has helped or not. It doesn’t look like ear mites because I think they leave a black residue and his just looks like dry flaky skin. He won’t allow me to clean them out or put drops in, I only just get a look in when im playing with him. Has anyone any experience or have any ideas with this? I would be eternally grateful.
Post # 3
I’m sorry, but he does need to go to the vet for that.
I don’t recommend treating him yourself with antibiotics for anything, either. If he gets an ear infection caused by yeast or mites, it won’t help.
Post # 4
Have you changed any of his foods? treats? bones? Do you give him table scraps? My oldest Lab has very bad allergies, and her allergies show in her skin. So over the last 9 years she has lost almost all of the hair on the back of her ears and when she gets inflammed it gets all scaly and gross. She also has this issue on her sides just infront of her hips. The vet says that this is how dogs show their allergies. She has been tested for mites which can also cause it- they do a skin scraping and test it, but nothing has come up.
We have bought wipes from Walmart that are for dogs that clean out their ears or for their skin. They seem to be helping some. They have aloe in them so it sooths her ears and skin. The vet has always said that self-treating our dogs with human meds is bad because some drugs can react very badly with dogs. My parents gave my dog a bendadryl when she was a young dog and she went nuts! I mean like really nuts and destroyed a bunch of stuff!
I would suggest phoning the vet, see if you can send pics of your dog. If they are aware of your dogs temperment when it comes in, maybe they will do a virtual consult if they can and prescribe what is needed.
Hope that helps!
Post # 5
Have you tried aloe vera on it, this souldnt be too difficult if you get a bit in his ears then rub into the ear from the outside. It sounds like just dry skin so give it a shot, if he gets smelly ears or doesnt seem to get better maybe it would be time for the vets.
I have a spaniel and she is prone to ear infections. Any sign of a smelly ear and I just bathe her ear with a cotton wool ball with salt water solution. Really works! Hope his ears get better 🙂
Post # 6
My shih tzu developed a skin infection that sounds like what you’re talking about. It was on the very tips of her ear flaps, and was like scales, or a scab. She got the infection because she had long hair, and the tips of her ears got wet (from a bath/drinking in her bowl) and never dried properly because the hair was so long. Turns out it’s a common skin infection, but we didn’t notice it for so long, that it got really bad, and she ended up getting a hematoma in her ear flap (blood swelled up between the flaps of her ears). We had to pick off the scales/scab after wetting with a warm cloth, then dry very well, and give her ear drops/meds for the hematoma. The skin infection went away, but she had to have survery on her ear to drain the hematoma and sew the ear flap so that it wouldn’t happen again.
These things can be serious, and you need to get your dog to the vet. Perhaps you could pick up something (from the vet) that would calm your pet down first?
Post # 7
I would suggest calling the vet to ask their advice, and see if they can work something out with you if they feel he needs to be seen by a professional. I called the vet once about a problem with my cat and they advised me over the phone and we didn’t wind up having to bring him in. The vets will work with you to make sure your pet is safe!
Post # 8
I wouldn’t keep giving your dog human medication, because it could end up having severe side effects and that can be prevented. Plus, not everything requires antibiotics and you may be building up a tolerance to them in your dog, so that when he really needs them, he won’t respond to treatment.
I would first call the vet and ask what they recommend. If they suggest bringing him in then that’s what should be done.
As far as trips to the vet goes, does he get upset in the car on the way there, or just when he actually sees the vet?
Our puppy used to go beserk at random times on walks and it would stress me out so much. We started watching the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and the one thing he repeats over and over again is that the dog is acting out because it feels unsure about something and senses your fear/tension and then ends up getting out of control because both of you are stressed. He talks about how important it is to remain as calm as possible so that your dog will learn to relax in these situations.
I found that when I went on walks and was worried about whether or not my dog would go crazy, she often would. But when I decided to try practicing being calm, I was able to tell myself that it would be a great walk and nothing bad would happen, and it actually worked and my dog doesn’t go nuts anymore.
Maybe you can practice taking your dog to the vet, not to see the actual vet because that gets expensive, but practice going in the building and getting him to relax, then rewarding him for relaxing. It’s important that you stay calm too though or he won’t be able to relax. The more often you practice this, the less scary the vets office will seem and hopefully your dog won’t react so negatively in the future.
It’s worth a shot and hopefully you can find a solution that works for you and your dog.
Post # 9
I don’t know anything about that health issue but I want to echo the above poster about socialization and the vet. The trainer we’re working with in our dog’s class suggests visiting the vet when your dog is well just for a fun and painless visit. Stop by and have the nurses greet your dog and let them give him some commands and reward him with treats. If the doctor could possible also do this, that would be ideal. It helps to get the dog used to the idea that the vet’s office is not a scary or threatening place.
I agree also that pets sense our energy. I was so nervous when we first adopted our dog to take her on walks and she could sense when I was trying to keep her away from people or things during the walk and she would become frustrated. Now I have learned to calmly allow her to approach people who are willing, she reacts in a calm way.
I was just at the vet yesterday with her and I DREAD it because she thinks that any meeting with another dog is play time. She is extremely playful with other dogs and obviously the vet’s office is just not the place for it! I could have definitely acted with more calm and composure because I think she sensed my nerves and reacted accordingly. Anyway that’s just my experience but I hope it helps!
Post # 10
@pinklemonade12: @phillygirl629: – I agree that desensitization training would be super helpful. Does he have a favorite treat? You could try rewarding him for letting you get closer and closer to his ears, then rewarding him for letting you touch his ears, and so on. I also think rewarding him for going to the vet for fun visits would help change the current association in his mind that going to the vet = pain/bad things.
Finally, you might talk to your vet about getting an anti-anxiety med for him to take before he goes in (along with the aforementioned strategies).
Good luck! I would call the vet in the meantime.
Post # 11
It could be a number of things causing it. Can you post a pic? He does need a vet visit. I would call around and ask if there are any vets that can COME TO YOU. Im not sure where you live; but I know there are a couple in my area that will make housecalls for this very reason.
Its worth a shot! I hope its nothing serious! Keep us updated!
—and I will discourage you from giving him human medication as well 🙁 —
Post # 12
Can your vet come to you? My vet here does house calls which makes it a lot easier for tricky pets. I’d hold off on all meds till he’s seen.
Post # 13
Stop giving him human meds..just because they have similair/the same antibiotics that they do for humans and dogs, does NOT mean that you should give them to your pet!!! And, oral antibiotics arent going to do anything for his ears! Honest!! Have you considered getting a referral to a vet dermatologist? Sometimes they can be more helpful with chronic skin/ear issues and have different treatment plans than what rDVM’s usually do for ears. Also, you may have to have your pet sedated for a proper exam which is to benefit both the veterinary professionals AND your pet…it seriously makes everything SO MUCH EASIER. Have you tried leaving the room when you go to the vet? Sometimes animals react more aggressive with their owners in the room, and maybe this will help.