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Ear Problems

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP and prevent them from scratching

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning. During your call, be sure to tell them the details of your dog’s ear problem.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination that makes this a high priority situation
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If your dog’s ears start bleeding and it can’t be stopped, you’ll want to head to a veterinary hospital right away
  • To prevent your dog from hurting themselves scratching, you can put a cone around their neck or socks/booties on their paws.


Why it’s high priority

Severe ear irritation requires veterinary intervention

  • While ear problems on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include infection, food or environmental allergies, parasites, and foreign body.


Home care tips

Do not attempt to clean your dog’s ears

  • Do not put any drops down your dog’s ear without consulting your vet, because if the eardrum is damaged they can cause serious problems. If you have drops from a previous condition, check with the vet before use.
  • Don’t handle their ears if it’s very painful. Ear cleaner will not resolve the issue at this point.
  • Learn more about ear discharge in dogs


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