So I already have a vet appointment scheduled, but I was wondering if I could get some ideas as to what this could be for expense and time healing reasons. Tucker has those too-big yet adorable shepherd ears that I'm sure collect more dirt than I realize, but somehow they always seem pretty clean. Lately he's been shaking his head like he's trying to dry it off after a bath and slow scratching near his one ear. I don't see any dirt or wax inside, but his ears always seem itchy on the inside whenever I clean them (mine always are as well, so I wasn't sure if some dogs have forever itchy ears like some people do?). There's not really any other symptoms other than this new whine/bark thing he does when it's bothering him. Not looking for cures or remedies, just thoughts as to what it might be so I can prepare financially (it's textbook buying season...).