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A few days ago, my dog started holding one ear out to the side; occasionally shakes her head. There's no redness, odor, or brown gunk as far down as i can see with a flashlight. A couple tiny scratches on the inside of the outer edge such as a bramble might make. I'd like to avoid a $70 vet bill, if possible. Any ideas what might be going and/or suggestions for home treatment?
 

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A lot of times when pets start showing signs of something wrong there's been a problem for some time already and they get to the point that they can't hide the pain anymore. It's instinct for them to act like nothing is wrong.

If she's actually tilting her head to the side and you can't see anything obvious, you should take her in.

My 7 month old puppy had a C.T. scan last week for a follow up on a foreign body that she had in her nose. The C.T. scan didn't show anything more with her nose, but they said she has inner ear infections in both ears. She hasn't shown any signs of ear problems. Her ears have good color, she hasn't tilted or shook her head, no signs of pain, etc. They even said there is some bone erosion from the infection.

I wouldn't let it go. Have her get a full exam while there that way the cost will cover two things. Her yearly physical exam and treating her ear. Hopefully, it's all good and an easy fix, but better to find out than to let it go.

Also, you could call around and see if another clinic has a better price. I know prices here range from $40 to $110 for an exam.
 

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We just had a similar issue with our dog - a lot of scratching and head shaking for a day. We decided to take her to the vet and she had an ear infection that needed an antibiotic. They administered it and she is doing so much better - the scratching disappeared within a day or two and she shakes her head only occasionally now which the vet said is ok as the antibiotic is working. She has to go back in three weeks for a re-check.
 

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You really need to see a vet. I could be nothing but surely it's a infection or what. It's better to know the source so that you will be aware.
 

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I saw my vet for this exact thing cost me 140$ examination showed no infection cz an infection will smell he said. It was wandering dew weed allergy. She got anti inflamatterys & ear wash solution. It helped temporarily. He said it may be an ongoing problem as one exposure can cause an all year reaction. The thing that gives her the best releif altho it still comes back every few weeks or so, but no head tilt just a wee itch & scratch is Rawleighs salve. She stood on some w.d.weed twice since on walks before I saw the horrid stuff! File the back feet nails smooth so they don't hurt the ear. Oh & also wash ,soak the feet after walks or being outside, & try to get rid of the weed. It grows back SO fast tho! some other causes are fleas, mites, grass ,pollen, wheat allergy (food allergy), water in the ears, ringing in the ears, tinitus, ears too dry-not enough wax, (over cleaning)
 

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A few days ago, my dog started holding one ear out to the side; occasionally shakes her head. There's no redness, odor, or brown gunk as far down as i can see with a flashlight. A couple tiny scratches on the inside of the outer edge such as a bramble might make. I'd like to avoid a $70 vet bill, if possible. Any ideas what might be going and/or suggestions for home treatment?
You need to take her in. My neightbour's dog did something similar and I can't remember exactly what the problem he said was but I think he had some bloody vessle problem (burst blood vessle or something) and had to extract the blood (or fluid, can't remember) out.
 

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what the vet said

I took her in; there is no infection. Dr. said it's an allergic reaction. He gave her a cortisone ear wash and a stronger antihistimine. (i'd been giving her 12 mg benedryl twice a day.) $120, lol. But i know what it is and what to do about it.
 

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Always better to be more cautious and bite the bullet and take them to the Vet when there is any question needing an accurate answer. Now with good information, you know what the issue is and how to deal with it.


You might consider medical insurance for your dog. I have it for ours, and, I always at least get my premium back, or very close, during the course of the year. Last year having to deal with a neurological auto-immune disease, my premiums for a number of years will be paid.
 
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