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What do you think this could be?

my dog keeps diggin at his one ear and whining and when i touch it he yelps,so i took a qtip with alcohol on it and cleaned the ear out of course there was blood on the qtip after i assume from him diggin at it. is this ear mites or does it sound like he might have an ear infection?


Asked by jodi205 at 10:20 AM on Feb. 23, 2011 in Pets

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  • That sounds like an ear infection, more than it sounds like mites. You really need to get it taken care of because if it starts bothering him too much, he will start shaking his head and could possibly suffer an ear hematoma. A hematoma is a real pain in the butt, it requires surgery, and they are often likely to reoccur once they get one. It is basically a broken blood vessel in the ear flap from the shaking. The ear will fill up like a balloon and need to be trained and stitched up. So trust me, take him in, get the meds and be done. ANY vet can treat an ear infection, if yours is booked take him elsewhere. Also, the longer you wait, the more sore it becomes and difficult to medicate.

    Sorry! Ear infections are a pain! GOOD luck!

    Answer by spottedpony at 11:22 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Yes it could hurt him. Human grade stuff isn't made for dogs. It's potentially dangerous.

    Call the vet and ask them to see him. If he has an ear infection it can get bad very quickly.

    Answer by Acid at 10:29 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • It could be either, but either way you need to go to the vet. Mites is easily treatable with the right medication. An ear infection still needs medication of its own. Call the vet and see if you need to bring the dog in.

    Answer by gemgem at 10:30 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Does it smell? NO VICKS... bad bad bad. He needs a vet and they will give him drops.

    Answer by MelissaAnn224 at 10:30 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • It could be either.


    Answer by UpSheRises at 10:22 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • Could be an infection - especially if it's just one ear.

    Answer by JSD24 at 10:24 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • this sounds silly but i thought about putting a little vicks inside the ear incase it is an infection. i mean thats what i do with my kids and it helps if they have an earache. could that possibly hurt the animal though?

    Comment by jodi205 (original poster) at 10:25 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • melissaann i cant smell im ill myself and all stuffed up. i will call vet and talk to them. thank you i just thought someone might have an idea cuz the vet i go to is the best one in the area and usually rather booked.

    Comment by jodi205 (original poster) at 10:48 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • oops that ear needs to be *drained* not trained....hee

    Answer by spottedpony at 11:23 AM on Feb. 23, 2011

  • You've gotten good advice. Please don't home medicate without atleast speaking to the vet. They will most likely want you to come in so they can check the ear and prescribe antibiotics if neccessary.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 11:55 AM on Feb. 23, 2011