Dog Scratching at Ears

The causes and treatments of a dog’s ear scratching.


Allergies/Hypersensitivities: Atopy (allergy to inhaled substances) or food allergies.

Parasites: Ear mites, ticks (pinna, canal), or fleas (in ear area, not in canal).

Foreign bodies: Dirt, grass awns, wax concretions, or other objects in ear.

Infectious diseases: Otitis externa (bacterial, fungal/yeast).

Tumors: In ear canal.

What to do: Scratching at the ears is not an emergency. Call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment.

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julia   Bklyn, New York

11/6/2014 4:10:54 AM

I have a one month old Chihuahua when do I get his first shots.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/20/2013 4:58:56 AM

I just do regular cleaning of my dogs ears so I do not have any ear problems.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

1/15/2013 6:19:19 PM

Good information. thanks

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

11/30/2012 3:47:44 PM

My vet gave some ear drops to put in his ear 3 times a day and it worked no more scraching !

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