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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Curling ears

Does anyone have any idea what causes my dogs ears to start curling at the tips? She is 5 years old and this has only begun in the last few months. Could it be a deficiency or something? The tips started out like they were beginning to flip down but now seem more firm and are curling in from the sides. It also looks like the skin is drying out at the tips. I've search the web and found nothing. Curling ears-imageuploadedbypg-free1353257964.775886.jpg


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 12:15 PM
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is she scratching at them? i am thinking infection or allergy.
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It doesn't seem to bother her at all. She doesn't mind when I fiddle with them to check them out and she doesn't scratch at them.


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It looks like fly strike--is she outdoors a lot? Around horses or livestock? Biting flies love the tips of pointy ears, and will bite and chew on them until they bleed, become dry and crusty. They make an ointment you can put on the tips of the ears to keep the flies off and allow them to heal. If it is fly strike, you should see the issue resolve itself as the weather gets colder and the flies disappear.
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Thank you. It could be that. We rescued her and just got her this weekend but was visiting with her for about a month prior to make sure she was ok with our other pets. She was mostly outdoors previously in kennels so that could be it. I will try the ointment and see if that resolves it. I started putting bag balm on it as soon as she came to our home and is now indoors most of the time so hopefully that is it and it will begin to heal :-)


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Each time we visited her it seemed to get dryer and harder but I never saw it bleed. It could have during the times we weren't there though.


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