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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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He's been whining and shaking his head all day and night. it

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He's been whining and shaking his head all day and night. it get's better when I put a cone on him and worse when he scratched his ears.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: My Shih Tzu's name is ***** ***** is 8 1/2 years old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Benny?
Customer: I used ear cleaner on him in case he has mites and I also gave him a flea bath because he's been licking all his fur until it is soaked. He also has very long ear hair.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Benny. His shaking as you've described usually indicates either reactive ears - ears inflamed as part of a more systemic allergic dermatitis - or, less commonly, a primary bacterial and/or yeast infection. A foreign body such as a plant awn (foxtail) in the ear canal(s) is also an important consideration. Mites are unlikely in an 8 1/2 year old. Cleaning his ears was smart but if bacteria or yeast are present you'll need to follow up with a prescription product from Benny's vet containing an antibiotic, antiyeast, and antiinflammatory drug such as Panalog or Otomax. If there's a foreign body in the ear canal it will need to be extracted by Benny's vet.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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

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