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Why does my dog keep shaking and scratching his ear?

Common Reasons Dogs Shake Their Heads Itchiness due to skin allergies. Irritant trapped in their ear such as grass seeds, water or insects. Bacterial or yeast infection. Inflammation of ear canal.

What do I do if my dog keeps shaking his head and scratching his ear?

If your dog is keeps shaking her head, scratching at her ears, or if your dog’s ears look red and irritated it’s time to visit the vet. Head shaking can lead to aural haematoms which often require surgery to repair.

Can ear infections in dogs cause shaking?

Infections. An ear infection caused by bacteria or yeast is the most common health issue that causes excessive head shaking in dogs. The distinct signs of an ear infection include intense itching, ear discharge, and inflammation.

Why is my dog itching and shaking?

They are licking, chewing, scooting, and shaking their head because there is irritation and discomfort of their skin, rear end, or ears. The most common causes of itchiness in dogs include atopy (environmental allergies), food allergies, parasites (fleas, mites), and bacterial or yeast infections.

What to do when your dog’s ear is bothering them?

Start with an ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian (don’t use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or witch hazel, as these can irritate your pet’s delicate ear canals). Squeeze a good amount of ear cleaner into your dog’s ear canal. You want to use enough that it starts to spill out of their ear.

Why is my dog shaking his head and scratching at his ears?

Why is my dog shaking his head and scratching at his ears? The symptoms you have described could be due to a foreign body e.g. a grass seed down the ear canal, bacterial or yeast infection, skin allergy, parasites e.g. ear mites, polyps or an aural haematoma (blood blister) all of which can be painful.

What are the symptoms of an ear infection in a dog?

But ear infections often cause significant discomfort and affected dogs may show signs such as: Head shaking Scratching at the affected ear Dark discharge Odor Redness and swelling of the ear canal Pain Itchiness Crusting or scabs in the ears

Is it normal for a dog to shake his head?

It’s kind of normal for a dog to occasionally scratch his ear and to shake his entire body after going in for a swim, but if your dog is frequently scratching his ear and shaking his head for no apparent reason at all, you need to step in and try to assess the situation by figuring out the cause behind his actions.

How to stop my dog from scratching his ear?

Itchy Dog Ears Remedies. 1 How to Prevent Dog Ear Scratching. Examining the Dog’s Ear as a Preventive measure to ear problems is important. This can be adopted as a preventive 2 Antihistamines. 3 Non-Prescription Corticosteroids. 4 Tea Tree Oil. 5 Anti-Parasitic Products.