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    Dogs flapping his ears

    my dog has been flapping his ears like he has ear mites so i took him to the vet and he looked in his ears, he said no, he has no ear mites. however he keeps me up at night flapping his ears. i cleaned them out with some rubbing alcohol on a piece of tissue and he still is irriatated.

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    What kind of dog is it?
    You need to stop the shaking or it will cause a hematoma (sp?).
    Its where the blood rushes to the tip of the ears they form a bulge and will start to bleed and when a dog shakes his head with ears bleeding it makes a mess!
    For now cut the toe end of a sock and put it over his head with the ears tucked in (like a snood) to stop them from flapping.
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    usually when a dog shakes their head and their ears like that there is usually something bothering them...Like a infection down deep, needs to be cleaned or there is something down in there...Dogs don't just flap ears for no reason...Does the ear look dirty inside and does it smell bad..? if so then there is an infection...go to your local pet store and there is a liquid you can get to clean ears and I put some in teh ear swish it around to losen up what is down tehre and use cotton balls to clean it out...You'll have to do that a few times a day for a few days...If there is somethign in there like a fox tail it needs to come out but there is something bothering your pup !!!
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    Could be allergies, is the inside of his ears red and irritated? I've known some dogs who flap their ears to relieve itch. Did your vet do an ear swab to determine if there was bacteria or yeast in his ear?
    Alcohol can clean ears very well, but can also cause drying and irritation. I prefer vinegar, or a mix of vinegar and alcohol, or the ear cleaner I buy from work.

    Good luck, nothing more annoying to both you and the dog.


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    I was going to say something about the alcohol. if your dog naturally has dry skin, that alone can be very itchy... alcohol will make this worse. I would check around the ears and inside for flaky skin, and if you don't see that, I would guess it's something internal.

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    when the vet exmined his ears he didnt see any kind of infection and they arent red or itchy. his skin is fine, not flaky at all, kinda oily down in there. he is a blue heeler/border collie mix. he only does it every so often but when he does it he will keep doing it for 5 min or so. then stops. ill take him back by the vet on monday and see what he says, my vet said it was prob because of fly bites??? and then put some cream in it, but that didnt help at all.

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    Take him to an other vet for a second opinion. Some vets just miss things. If its bad enough you can't sleep you know its bothering the dog.

    Does he swim? Some dogs can get water stuck in the ear and they will shake to try to get it out.

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    Could be a grass seed stuck way in there. Those are ungodly painful. But could also be allergies.
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    Try cupping the right ear and moving the whole ear while gently pressing+rubbing, does the dog lean into your hand heavily? Close their eyes/grunt etc? Try the other ear as well. If you get a strong reaction odds are there is something going down fairly deep inside the ear that you cant see. Can you feel any heat from the tips of one of the ears or inside the ears? I am guessing there is something stuck in there, could be anything big or small and its making the dog itch, shaking the ears usually means there is something deeper down they cant get to with scratching, shaking their head will make the inner parts of their ear move (as does the above technique) which will help sooth their itch.
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    Out of curiosity, what do you feed??
    I had a dog that did get an ear hematoma... Painful and avoidable!!! He had it drained and had to wear the cone of shame. He was plagued with ear infections.

    Did the vet actually use the ear thingy to look in the ear or just access it from looking at it. I have (much to my shock) had vets just look at the ear externally and tell me there wasn't an issue. This happened with Ari after a summer of swimming. I insisted she look deeper and sure enough his ear was irritated deep down. Antibiotic ear dtops fixed him right up!! I will be far more proactive this year about cleaning ears after swimming or Splash Dogs!!!

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