ASK-THE-VET: MY DOG HAS BEEN SHAKING HIS HEAD AND RUBBING HIS EARS

Question: My dog has been shaking his head and rubbing his ears against the furniture. His ears are red inside. Is there a home treatment that will help him?

Answer: The head shaking, rubbing and redness of your dog’s ears are concerning for inflammation or possibly infection.

At this point I would recommend that you see your veterinarian for an examination and proper treatment. As a general rule for healthy ear maintenance, I recommend a once weekly examination and cleaning with a mild natural solution to keep the ear free from wax and debris.

You can try a natural product like Halo’s Cloud Nine Herbal Ear Wash or a diluted vinegar solution (1 part vinegar-2 part water) for this weekly cleaning.

For more information read my article “The Importance of Proper Ear Cleaning in Pets“.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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2 Responses to ASK-THE-VET: MY DOG HAS BEEN SHAKING HIS HEAD AND RUBBING HIS EARS

  1. Melody Joyce says:

    My dog’s ear tip keeps swelling up. We took her to the vet and he gave her medication to resolve the fluid in between. It did work but now its back again but lower in the ear tip. is it because of the food we feed her? she is about 9/10 years old.

  2. Halo says:

    Hi Melody:

    Thanks for your question. What you are describing sounds like an aural hematoma and often results from itchy or infected ears. Recurrent ear infections or chronically itchy ears can have many causes including inhaled allergies or allergies to food. Some dogs with ear mites or other parasites will also experience these signs. Talk to your vet about the underlying problem that is likely to be causing this problem.

    Good luck.
    Dr. Donna Spector

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