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mites or infection? [Jan. 13th, 2011|04:28 am]
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For the past couple of weeks my dog has been scratching his ears. At first I thought it was just random dog scratching, but lately it seems to have increased. I checked out his ears last night and noticed that there's a bit of an odor and one ear is pink on the inside. His ears do not look dirty, and I made him an appointment for Friday at his vet. Can this wait until then or should I take him to the on call vet at the VCA? Also, my mom has leftover ear drops from when her dog had ear mites, but I don't want to give him medicine for something I'm not sure he has. From how vaguely I've described this (sorry) can anyone tell if he has mites or an infection? Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: harliquinnraver
2011-01-13 03:09 pm (UTC)
pink, smelly, not dirty looking. im leaning toward it being an infection.
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[User Picture]From: pinknbrowngeek
2011-01-13 04:52 pm (UTC)
It sounds exactly like what my dog has. We took her to the vet last week. It's a severe yeast infection in her ears. We got her a shot, antibiotics, an ear cleaner and ear medicine gel. She is doing much better now. Your dog can probably wait until Friday, as long as he isn't hurting himself by scratching. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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[User Picture]From: chaostrophy
2011-01-13 05:10 pm (UTC)
I will, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: fwickee
2011-01-14 09:22 pm (UTC)
Dogs can get mites, bacterial infections, and fungal infections in their ears. I see fungal infections most commonly, followed by bacterial infections, and then mites.

It is usually okay to wait a few days for an appointment when they have an ear infection. As long as he is not holding his head crooked or staggering, which could indicate it has moved to his inner ear.

Most likely, the vet will take a swab from his ears and look at it under a microscope to determine what type of infection it is. Then they can get you some medicine which should fix him up rapidly. =)
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