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06-18-2014 12:23 PM
Freestep That looks like a normal healthy ear to me. A certain amount of brownish wax is normal. I'm not seeing the "coffee grounds" you describe. Maybe it is just regular garden variety dirt in the ear? Ear mites are usually very itchy. If it's not painful or itchy, I'd just keep cleaning the ear with Witch Hazel and keep an eye on it.
06-18-2014 11:42 AM
Courtney The description of coffee grounds appearance made me think yeast right away. I have also been told the same as Freestep mentioned, ear mites in dogs is actually rare.

I do hope the OP just goes to the vet for a swab and confirms so treatment can begin on whatever the issue is. Ear infections are painful.
06-18-2014 11:11 AM
my boy diesel normal dog ear wax is a brown color
06-18-2014 07:29 AM
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06-18-2014 07:27 AM
SBS I couldn't really get a pick of what I'm seeing. His ear before cleaning looks like there are some small coffee grinds sprinkled. Once cleaned with a cotton swab, the dirt dissolves and turns brown on the cotton

The reason I thought it might be mites, is I usually clean the ear 2 or 3 days in a row, and then it is fine for the next week or two. But then it seems to get the coffee grind look again.

I had cleaned his ear the day before taking this photo, and it was still pretty clean today, but did have a few spots of what I'm calling coffee grinds.

It seems to be mostly deeper in the ear, and I'm unable to detect a smell. He does not scratch or thump his leg when I rub his ear.

06-18-2014 03:22 AM
Freestep Ear mites are actually rare in dogs. We see it more in cats.

Where is the dirt? Is it on the inside flap, or is it coming from inside the ear, or can you tell? Does it have an odor? Is it crusty, waxy, goopy? What color is it? Is the dog scratching the ears? Does the dog thump a back leg when you rub the ear?

I would suspect a yeast or bacterial infection before mites. For that, you really do need a vet in order to get the proper treatment. They do have ear mite medication that you can buy over the counter, but it'll be a waste of money if the problem isn't ear mites. You say you've been cleaning them with Witch Hazel, which is a perfectly good ear cleaner and should be doing a good job of keeping infection at bay if you keep up on it.

It's also possible that it's just dirt from the outdoors sticking to the skin of the ears.
06-17-2014 10:24 PM
katieliz no tea tree oil. sorry, vet visit has to happen to properly diagnose this. all the witch hazel does is have a drying effect. but it's not doing anything to get to the cause of the problem, which has to be diagnosed before it can be treated.
06-17-2014 10:04 PM
Courtney Honestly with what your describing I would suspect a bad yeast ear infection over mites. This is painful. Going to need a ear swab & meds right away.
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
my boy diesel if your dog has ear mites scratching and head shaking are the number one symptom
you notice that often before the dirt they leave behind
do not use tea tree oil
if your dog really has an issue guessing and asking advice based on those guesses is kind of dumb
get it to the vet
unless your vet is really outrageous it should not cost more than 40 or so for an office call
06-17-2014 08:36 PM
SBS Thanks for the reply, I do have some organic coconut oil shelved. I also have purchased tea tree oil, but after reading warnings am not confident enough to apply.
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