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Flapping ears

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I just adopted a Chocolate Lab about 10 mths old from the Las Vegas Humane Society. He is constantly flapping his ears, especially when   he lays down and gets up. Does this mean he may have an ear infection. This is driving my husband crazy.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.

Congratulations on your new, furry addition!

Some dogs will do this when they get up from sleeping, just like stretching, when you wake up; however, if your puppy is doing this on a steady basis, he may have something bothering him in his ears, causing him to shake his head. An ear infection is possible, as are ear mites, which are not an uncommon occurrence, especially when a dog comes from the Humane Society, with so many dogs being housed in the same place.

It would be a good idea to have your puppy checked out by the vet, because frequent head-shaking and flapping of his ears can cause injury to the ear flaps in the way of burst blood vessels and then a condition called 'aural hematoma', which is actually a fluid filled blood blister that must be treated immediately, by the vet.

I hope all will be well with your new puppy and chocolate Labs are one of my favorite breeds!

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