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His ear is red and it looks like it has a bit of a skin

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His ear is red and it looks like it has a bit of a skin problem only occurs on one ear, and has had previous issues with a similar problem with his paws but now they are ok and only his left ear.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear your Satoshi is having issues with his ears!

I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no change or they worsen then please consult your veterinarian to begin stronger treatment such as topical antibiotics/ steroids and possibly even oral ones as well...

- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to help with the itch and discomfort of an infection/ inflammatory response. May sedate mildly
- 75/25 Water to white vinegar solution with cotton balls to wipe the ears out every 1-2 days (no q tips!) and remove any debris and infection
- Take a moist towel and put it in the freezer and apply to the ear or side of the face for relief of discomfort
- If you have any previously prescribed pain medication for him then that can also provide relief as well orally
- Please no over the counter ointments or salves which can put the tympanic membrane or inner ear at risk
- You can use an oatmeal-based dog shampoo on the pinna or flap itself but make sure that this doesn't get into the ear canal. Apply to the affected area twice daily x 10 minutes before wiping off then taper as this heals/ resolves.

I hope this makes sense and helps guide the treatment for your Shiba. If this is a moderate infection unfortunately it will require prescription topical medication to treat and hopefully allow this inflammation to resolve swiftly...

Please let me know how else I can assist you both today!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

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