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Why is My Shar Pei Puppy Shaking Her Head and Scratching Her Ears?


Dear VetBabble: Help! My 8-Month-Old Shar Pei is Shaking Her Head and Scratching Her Ears

Dear worried pet owner, it sounds like your furry friend may be experiencing some discomfort in her ears. While you’ve already tried cleaning out the visible wax, it’s possible that she might have an underlying ear infection that needs veterinary attention. In this article, we’ll provide you with some helpful information on possible causes and treatments for your pet’s situation, as well as some general advice for pet owners who may be experiencing similar issues.

1. Understanding Ear Infections in Pets

Both dogs and cats can develop ear infections, and it’s important to recognize the symptoms to provide your pet with the proper care. The most common signs of an ear infection in pets include head shaking, ear scratching, and a foul odor coming from the ears.

Ear infections can be caused by a variety of factors, such as bacteria, yeast, or even allergies. It’s essential to consult with your veterinarian to determine the cause of your pet’s discomfort and get appropriate treatment.

It’s worth noting that some dog breeds, like Shar Peis, are more prone to ear infections due to their unique ear canal shape. This makes regular ear cleaning and check-ups especially important for these breeds.

2. Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

While you’ve already tried to remove visible ear wax, it’s important to know how to properly clean your pet’s ears to prevent further irritation or potential infections. Whether you have a dog or a cat, Vetbabble has some helpful resources on how to clean dog ears and ear infections in cats which provide comprehensive guidance.

When cleaning your pet’s ears, always use products specifically designed for pets, and avoid using cotton swabs since they can push debris further into the ear canal and cause damage to the ear drum. Instead, use a clean cloth or a gentle ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian.

It’s essential to clean your pet’s ears regularly, but not too often, as over-cleaning can also cause irritation. Your veterinarian can provide the best advice on how often your particular pet’s ears should be cleaned based on their breed and individual needs.

3. When to See a Veterinarian

Given your pet’s ongoing discomfort despite your efforts to clean her ears, it’s best to take her to your veterinarian for a proper evaluation. Your pet may have an ear infection that requires prescription medication, such as antibiotics or antifungal treatment, to effectively address the issue.

Additionally, your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate ear cleaner for your pet based on her specific needs, which sometimes includes prescription ear cleaners for pets with particularly sensitive ears or a history of ear infections. Your veterinarian may also provide a step-by-step guide on how to clean your dog’s ears effectively and safely.

Keep an eye on your pet’s ear health regularly, and always consult with your veterinarian if you notice changes in their behavior or appearance that may indicate an ear infection or other health concern. Early intervention can help prevent more severe complications and keep your pet healthy and comfortable!

Remember, the information provided here is meant as a general guide, and it’s important to consult with your veterinarian for advice tailored specifically to your pet’s situation. We wish you and your furry friend all the best!

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