My Dog’s Ear is Scabby What Should I Do?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 02/19/21 •  3 min read
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Has your dog developed scabs on his ear? Have you noticed any other concerning symptoms? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

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We understand seeing your fur baby with anything wrong is difficult. So, we’ve put together some information on what could be causing the scabs and whether or not you’ll need to get your dog to the vet’s.

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What Causes Scabby Ears in Dogs?

Scabby ears in dogs can be caused by any number of health issues, including:

Bacterial infections

Canine dermatitis: inflammation of the skin caused by an underlying health issue. If this condition is found around the ears, it’s called ear edge dermatitis.

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Just about any dog can develop skin problems, and some breeds have a tendency to develop ear dermatitis, including:

Symptoms of Ear Dermatitis in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has developed ear edge dermatitis:

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, then it’s time to call the vet for an appointment.

Treatment of Ear Dermatitis in Dogs

They will do a complete exam of your fur baby at the vet’s, which will probably involve checking his skin for signs of dermatitis. Next, the vet will check your dog’s ears with an otoscope, which may involve sedating your dog. During the procedure, the vet will take samples (scrapings) of skin, along with samples of any lesions that may be present.

Treatment will then depend on the vet’s diagnosis.

If your dog has allergies, then the vet may prescribe antihistamines for your dog or give him an antihistamine injection. If the problem is severe, the vet may recommend allergy tests.

If the problem is cellulitis, which is caused by an infection, the vet will give your dog an antibiotic injection.

If your dog’s ear dermatitis is caused by mange, the vet will prescribe the right type of medication to give your pet. There are two types of mange: demodectic and sarcoptic, both of which can be treated successfully; however, it can take time to heal.

Ear dermatitis is very treatable, especially when caught early. After treatment, your fur baby will be back to his mischievous ways once again!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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