Monitor your dog and prevent them from scratching
- Contact your family veterinary hospital ASAP if the problem gets worse, or if your dog develops any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen ear or ear flap
- Constant head shaking or ear scratching
- Damage from scratching (redness, bleeding etc)
- Discharge from the ear that is bloody, purulent or odorous
- Pain when you touch the ear
- If you have a vet-approved ear cleaner, you can clean their ears (you can also use gauze or cotton pads with warm water). Do not use Q-tips as they may break or you may puncture the eardrum.
- To prevent your dog from hurting themselves scratching, you can put a cone around their neck or socks/booties on their paws.