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    hey everyone just after some advice!!

    my 1yr old german shep rescue has an ear issue. i dont know if she is allergic to anything because as i said she is a rescue so i dont know her history. these are her symptoms.

    her right ear gets a:


    1. browny black waxy build up even if i have cleaned it the previous day.
    2. when she scratches it she whimpers
    3. it has raw scabby bits in it
    4. she shakes her head a little (not Excessively)
    5. its hotter than her other ear

    my ag scientist of an oh, has treated her for all parasites that drink blood, and wormed her with top of the range stuff.
    he thinks she might have a bacterial infection does this sound right?? if so is normal anti bacterial cream ok to use in her ear??

    i cant see anything in her ear and the grass around us has'nt gone to seed yet, and there's no puss so im assuming its not a foreign object issue...any sudgestions????

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    Hey Laura,
    Unless someone in this forum is a vet, you'll need to go to one.
    Your dog most likely has an ear infection and I am not authorized to give medical advice.

    Hope she gets better,
    Charlie
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    The poor dog is obviously in pain. Take her to a Vet so the ear can be examined properly by a professional.

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    yep am going too...just cant get in to see her vet until tomorrow. she dosent whimper when you touch it or when we clean it and is running around and eating and playing also im pretty sure its not an ear infection as there is no fluid or puss and she is not acting like she has a sore head.. i am definatly going to take her to the vet just thought id see what you uys thought as well

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    1. browny black waxy build up even if i have cleaned it the previous day.
    2. when she scratches it she whimpers
    3. it has raw scabby bits in it
    4. she shakes her head a little (not Excessively)
    5. its hotter than her other ear

    Ear infection - probably bacterial - vet will probably give you stuff to wash the ear out with

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    yeah thats what i thought and i was wondering if there was any earwashes ou can get from pet stores that are anti bacterial

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    Hi Laura77

    "there is no fluid or puss and she is not acting like she has a sore head"

    I think you are about to find out that these symptoms are not the only symptoms or mandatory symptoms with an ear infection. Pus usually only comes with contact with the blood supply ie under/through the skin because puss is dead cells caused by the war between white blood cells and the bad bacteria. If the infection is outside the skin, the white blood cells will not be able to make it into pus.

    Also sore head - is not a definite symptom. I know my cousin is not a dog - but he got a middle ear infection - he just felt like he had water in his ear (like after swimming) and it never hurt - he just went deaf in that ear - and unfortunately - stayed deaf after the infection was discovered (after months of not feeling right) and treated.

    Does the ear smell bad too? This is another symptom of bacterial infection - stinky ear. Along with the ones that you have listed.

    And I suspect she does have a sore head - or at least a sore ear - hence the whimpering when she puts pressure on it.

    The browny black waxy (stinky) stuff is the biggest giveaway. We did ear checks in puppy pre-school that involved rolling a kleenex tissue into a long tube and stuffing that down the dog's ear. Surprisingly the malamute puppy came up black and stinky - and was diagnosed with ear infection. Surprise - because ear infections are less common with dogs with pointy up ears (malamute) and more common with dogs that have hanging floppy ears (cocker spaniel). Hanging ears keep inside of ear nice, warm and moist for bacteria to grow in but pointy ears are no guarantee a dog won't get an ear infection.

    Hopefully the vet can help you sort it.

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    well we went to the vet today and she has an allergy to something thats making the skin in her ears sore, but we caught it early and there was no infection. we got some good antibiotic ear wash to stop any looming infection. thanks for all the advice!!

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