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My min pin has one ear layed Down and it tilting and shaking

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My min pin has one ear layed Down and it tilting and shaking his head. He is playing like normal though.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is also scratching at his ears
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
Based on all the signs you have reported, we would be most concerned that Bones has an ear infection or has potentially gotten something (ie grass seed, plant awn, etc) stuck in his ear. Often the discomfort of an itchy ear (be it from something caught, yeast, bacteria, or ear mites) can lead to them tilting their heads, lowering their ears, shaking their heads, and scratching.
In this case, it would be prudent to have his vet examine his ear for you. They can check the whole canal and remove anything that may have gotten into the ear. Furthermore, they can check that his ear drum is intact and that infection is not in the middle ear as well. As long as that is intact, they can then dispense ear drops to clear this for him (or if the ear drum is perforated, oral medications can be dispensed to safely treat the ear).
In the meantime, to give him some relief, you can gently flush his ears with saline (ie OTC first aid eye wash, plain contact lens solution) or make salt water at home (1tbsp salt to a pint warm water --make sure its well mixed). This is safe to use at this stage as it won't harm the middle ear if the ear drum is compromised but will help flush some of the infection +/- foreign bodies from the canal and the warmth will be soothing. Finally, I would note that if he is scratching, we may need to place an e-collar to prevent him damaging the skin or introducing more infection into his ear with dirty feet.
I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
All the best, *****
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bones. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He's acting more normal but not quite like usual
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the update,
I am glad to hear that he is well and on the mend.
Take care & have a great day,
Dr. B.
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