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My dog just woke me up in a panic about her itchy ears. She

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My dog just woke me up in a panic about her itchy ears. She is a 14 year old fox terrier. I see no obstructions and her ears look only slightly dirty. She's panting and very upset. I gave her a small amount of dog safe Benadryl and put mitocide in her ears. Is there anything else I should do?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner, Annika. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dosed at 1-2 mg/lb and repeated at 8-12 hour intervals is safe and often effective in controlling the hypersensitivity reaction dogs such as Petunia are experiencing. Mitocide isn't indicated; mites are rarely found in a dog of her age. In fact, her ears may not be the primary problem. Itchy ears can arise secondary to systemic hypersensitivity reactions such as seen to foods, envenomation, vaccination, chemicals, plants, and environmental allergens and variables. May I have an update on Petunia, please?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Petunia. How is everything going?

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