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Old 01-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Head shaking, ear scratching :/

My beagle has recently started shaking his head and scratching behind his ears, a lot. I examined his ears today, and the insides look perfectly healthy, except for a tiny red mark in each one. It looks to me like he scratched them and managed to give himself a little nick in each ear.

Suggestions? Neosporin maybe?
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beagles get frequent ear infections due to their long ears which is a warm environment. I clean the ears with a dog ear solution and cotton balls once a week. I also had the vet check it out and got antibiotic drops which I apply about once a month. If the inside ears are a bright rosey pink and not a pale pink it could be an infection.Get a vet opinion.
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My vet told me to use cotton balls once a week with olive oil on them. I've never heard of this before and am yet to try it, I just wondered if anyone else had heard of this method?

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Double check all around the ear area also for ticks or hot spots. They will dig at their ears if anything irritates them in that area. If you don't see anything else you can try a drop of anti-itch cream. If the ears have an odor at all then it could be an infection. There are 2 types of ear infections, yeast and bacteria, so sometimes nothing will really be visible.
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Also it should be said that if it is an ear infection, it needs to be addressed immediately. The dog could develop hematomas in his ears if he is shaking his head hard and often (happened to a Lab mix I knew years ago and treating that was much pricier than if they had addressed the original ear infection)!
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Default Head shaking, ear scratching :/

Archie has had ear infections in the past as a result of which he has shook his head and scratched at his ears. The vet prescribed some drops and it always clears up very quickly. I'd definitely take him to the vet before it gets worse!

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