Dog Sam
Sam

Sam, my male dog mixed with shih tzu, has scratches in the ears

I just adopted him and I don't know how was his ears hygiene before, he has like dirty stuck in both ears and Im not able to remove it and also has the ears skin like wrinkled.

dermatological
almost 2 years ago
Information about Sam
  • Species: Dog
  • Breed: Mixed with Shih Tzu
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 2 years and 5 months
  • Sterilized: No
  • Dewormed and deloused recently: Yes
  • Symptoms: Itching ears
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Sam, my male dog mixed with shih tzu, has scratches in the ears Sam, my male dog mixed with shih tzu, has scratches in the ears
2 vets have answered
Veterinarian Barkibot A.I.
Barkibot A.I.
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Most valuable answer

Hello!

For the first deep cleaning of your dog's ears, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian as he/she has appropriate tools for deeper cleaning. Also, he/she can recommend you an ear-cleaning product and guidelines so you can apply it at home.

What is most important is to find a ear-cleaning product that doesn't contain antibiotics, alcohol, steroids or any toxic material. Don't use cotton swabs, and don't put your fingers too deep in your dog's ear.

Once you have an ear-cleaning product, use a big cotton ball or wrap your finger in sterile gauze. You can only clean his outer ear flap and a part that is easily reachable for your fingers. Your dog will notify you (by moving his head), once you start cleaning the inner part, when it is too deep.
Use very sensitive movements while holding gently your dog's head. Be careful not to get too deep, as you can damage your dog's ear.

You should clean your dog's ears once per week in order yo avoid risks of ear infections (otitis).

All the best for you and Sam.

Note: This is an automatic answer provided by artificial intelligence previously reviewed by our veterinarians. In case of urgency, we recommend you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

almost 2 years ago
Veterinarian Barkibot A.I.
Barkibot A.I.

Hello again!

As for wrinkled ears, it could be hyperkeratosis, which is a thickening of the outermost layer of skin.
According to the cause, this disorder may be primary or secondary.
If it is a secondary disorder to other causes, usually it could occur due to some dermatological problem, or skin abrasion and friction, that are ones of the most common cases.

To be sure, take Sam to your veterinarian, who will be able to explore him better and determine the cause.

All the best for you and Sam.

Note: This is an automatic answer provided by artificial intelligence previously reviewed by our veterinarians. In case of urgency, we recommend you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

almost 2 years ago