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Dog keeps shaking head and scratching ear - is he in pain?

I have been told by my vet that my dog is in pain and I am worried. My dog is shaking his head and scratching his ear.

I am worried about the pain he is in. Is it normal for a dog to show signs of pain and discomfort? Is there anything that can help? I want to do what is best for my little boy.

Answers:

I have been told that the shaking of the head and the scratching of the ear could be caused by a skin condition or hair that has gotten caught in the ear, which I don't really know how to treat that. It does sound painful, and if this has lasted a while, then I would keep him in for a checkup. Good luck!

Dr. Bob answers:

Dr. Bob responds:

If your dog is having trouble with ear wax then he could be in pain or have an ear infection. If this is the case then your vet would need to put a heating lamp under the ear to remove the wax, I would say that it will take about half an hour. Be sure to have something to put in the dog's mouth to keep them from biting him on the ear.

Ear infections, especially those that are chronic can cause a lot of discomfort. You can give him some acetaminophen for pain or treat with antibiotics.

Shaking your head back and forth can be caused by a variety of conditions including arthritis, a brain disorder, stress or just a simple case of pain. A vet should be able to tell you what is causing it.

If your dog was shaking his head for longer than a week it would be a good idea to have him checked by a vet. If you do decide to take him in then it is a good idea to bring a list of any past health issues you know of so that the vet can be prepared.

If you do take your dog to the vet you will want to know how to prepare for the visit. Make sure you give your dog a treat to get him used to the environment. For more information on how to prepare for your visit with the vet please visit the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Bob answers:

Dr. Bob responds:

It looks like your dog has a lot of hair around his face and neck. This is normal and it can sometimes cause irritation which causes your dog to start scratching. It is recommended that you trim your dog's hair so that it will not get caught in his scratching. You should also make sure that you are using a good quality dog shampoo for your dog.

I have also heard that some types of skin irritation can cause your dog to have excessive ear wicking. Sometimes you can help reduce the earwicking by using ear muffs or by putting a plastic bag over your dog's ears when he is outside.

The best way to prevent and treat ear wicking is to make sure that your dog has a good diet, that his diet is balanced, and that he is receiving a proper amount of exercise. If he has an ear problem it is important to have it checked by a vet.

You should not try to stop an earwicking problem on your own. If you make the problem worse it may make the problem worse. Instead, make sure you are providing your dog with a good diet, with the proper amount of exercise, and with plenty of love.

It looks like your dog has a lot of hair around his face and neck. This is normal and it can sometimes cause irritation which causes your dog to start scratching. It is recommended that you trim your dog's hair so that it will not get caught in his scratching. You should also make sure that you are using a good quality dog shampoo for your dog.

I have also heard that some types of skin irritation can cause your dog to have excessive ear wicking. Sometimes you can help reduce the earwicking by using ear muffs or by putting a plastic bag over your dog's ears when he is outside.

The best way to prevent and treat ear wicking is to make sure that your dog has a good diet, that his diet is balanced, and that he is receiving a proper amount of exercise. If he has an ear problem it is important to have it checked by a vet.

You should not try to stop an earwicking problem on your own. If you make the problem worse it may make the problem worse. Instead, make sure you are providing your dog with a good diet, with the proper amount of exercise, and with plenty of love.

What kind of pain is your dog experiencing? Is it sharp, deep, burning, or throbbing?

If your dog is experiencing any of these types of pain, it is important that you see a vet as soon as possible. You may have an injury in need of treatment. The best way to ensure that you have a healthy dog is to make sure that you follow your veterinarian's instructions. Make sure that you are giving your dog plenty of exercise, and that he is receiving proper nutrition. If your dog is experiencing any pain, it is important that you check with your vet. You can find some great tips for getting your dog to heal better here.

About the Author: Melissa Moore has been with Pet-N-Go for 3 years. She enjoys spending time with her dog, playing with her 4-year-old daughter, and finding activities to do in her spare time.