Originally Posted by cEElint
last couple of weeks Dre has been randomly shaking his head and scratching at his ear.. today it seemed worse so i looked in his ear and its got dried blood in there.. or dark reddish brown crusties.. was reading up online and the symptoms describe ear mites... it doesnt smell at all so i'm thinking its not an ear infection...
suggestions on ear mite medication?
I heard this thread was a mess so I'm not even going to read through all the BS and BS advice. It sounds like an ear infection, ear mites are more of a cat problem not a dog problem. Ear mites are small red mites you can see.
The best thing is too is go to the vet and get some Mometamax which is for ear infections. I have tried the home remedy with vinegar, alcohol, and peroxide and that alone has not cured them.
Venom just got over an ear infection this last week. You need a ear wash to clean the ear out and balance the PH of the ear. I have used a modified version of the wash I described earlier. I do not use the Peroxide anymore in the wash as it was irritating the ear and making it worse. This last time I also cut out the alcohol. I just used like 3/4 apple cider vinegar and 1/4 water and it worked perfect. I got a used bottled water I had just drank, poked a hole in the lid, and used that to squirt it in the ear to wash it out. It worked like a charm! I cleaned it everyday then after put in the Memetamax. I have dealt with ear infections a lot and this was the easiest by far.
No need for oral antibiotics unless your dog gets a secondary bacterial infection from scratching the ear. An ear infection is most often a yeast infection not bacterial so antibiotics are not needed.