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i noticed today a little bump right his elbow, i also noticed he has an ear infection and have bee cleaning it out with mineral oil last few days, but not sure what this bump is about.. help? hard to tell by the photo but it's the best i can get
 

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he also had dry skin around his elbow but i asked the vet about that awhile and she said it's probably calluses since i have hardwood floors he tends to lay on of course. but would this be from scratching at that dry skin? it never seemed to bother terribly much. before
 

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If he has an ear infection, he should be seen by a Vet to get him going on the appropriate medication, which can vary depending on what type of ear infection he has.
 

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Seconding the vet for any ear issue...

ear infections can cause severe pain, swelling, damage the ears & hearing, etc.
Dogs with RECURRENT ear-infXns often have one or more food intolerances -
which are, contrary to popular myth, most-often to proteins, not to "grains" or any grain specifically.

Yeast infections in dog's ears can be caused by swimming & the ear canal staying wet - not draining properly. They smell like sweaty sox, a weird sweetish funky odor.
Narrow ear canals are also prone to infection / yeast, as they lack air circulation. Shar-Pei are among the breeds with ear stenosis.

Ear mites are a PITA, & often recur -
if treating the ears only under a vet's direction is insufficient, ask the vet about treating the dog's REAR Feet, using the miticide between the paw-pads. [This generally involves a deterrent to keep the dog or cat from licking-away the miticide, which isn't safe to eat, & also prevents the meds from doing their job: killing mites!
My preferred taste-deterrent to keep dog or cat tongues off of any ointment is Absorbine-Jr, which contains wormwood & other horrible-tasting stuff.]

It will take quite a bit more ointment to treat the paws in addition to both ears, that's a lot of real estate, so tell the vet U are considering this to knock down the mites once & for all.
They'll need to prescribe a larger amount of miticide.
 

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If he has an ear infection, he should be seen by a Vet to get him going on the appropriate medication, which can vary depending on what type of ear infection he has.
I called my local vet about it last week when i noticed it, she said cause it's only one ear not both it's unlikely that it's mites, she said try just cleaning it with mineral oil a few days. And his ear has no bad smell to it so i'm not sure if yeast would be the cause
 

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Ur vet diagnoses / advises over the phone?

I called my local vet about it last week when i noticed it, she said cause it's only one ear not both it's unlikely that it's mites, she said try just cleaning it with mineral oil a few days.
And his ear has no bad smell to it so i'm not sure if yeast would be the cause.
I've never had a vet advise me via the phone about a new condition - saying that a well-known chronic condition could be treated with X or Y,
or advising me to take the stitches out myself if i'm an hour or more away from their clinic & they feel i can do this safely, is very-different from Dx via the owner's description. :eek:

If U phoned about it last week, & treated it with mineral-oil for "a few days", then it is either unchanged or lessened as opposed to 'cured'.
The bump by the dog's elbow is just another reason to schedule an appt, ASAP - in my opinion / experience.

let us know what the vet says, please?
TIA,
- terry
 
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