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Kodee's left ear has been just slightly red for a while, and a couple of weeks ago I cleaned it b/c it was looking dirty. I got out some black stuff (not lots), and a tiny bit of blood. I didn't worry about it, just decided to watch it and see. This was a few days after he was hit by a car, and I thought it was probably an old scab or something down in the ear. however, today I cleaned his ear again, as it was looking dirty (dark stuff on the ear, not really way down inside it, although it was down towards the ear canal as well) - got out more crud and some more blood. I clean his ear with cotton gauze and Advanced pHormula Ear Cleanser (bought at vets). After I run out of this, I will just start using peroxide, now that I know you can. I also don't notice any odor or anything. He's on a good diet - raw w/Honest Kitchen alternated w/Orijen Adult, just FYI.

He's not really scratching at the ear, and it's not really red, just slightly more than the other ear (which has foam in it, but when I take the foam out it always looks fine. No blood and very little dirty.) Should I just watch it, or take him in to get it looked at? I used to work at a vet clinic, and I've seen tons of dogs and cats w/ear mites, but right now Kodee's symptoms are so mild I'm not sure what to do....

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Originally Posted By: doggiedad how did you allow your dog to get hit by a car??????
Wow, doggieDaD - thanks for the helpful post. Read my previous threads, like you really give a rip:

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=633163&page=10#Post633163

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=633877&page=10#Post633877

I'm pretty sure from your tone that you don't really give a crap about my dog, and that you just want to make me feel like horrible. But too late - I already do. But just in case you are actually interested in what happened, I broke my own rule and my dog paid for it. Luckily he's fine and it won't ever happen again.

In case you didn't notice - my question was in regards to ear mites.

Thanks for nothing.
 

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That was a very rude comment, doggiesdad. Humility goes a long way in life. Accidents can and do happen to dogs, children and adults.

Here is a picture and website that will hopefully help you determine if they are ear mites.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=h...:en-US:eek:fficial
 

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KodeeGirl, please ignore someones rude comment.

It is very seldom that dogs get ear mites, it is more common in cats not so much with dogs. I would have your Vet check out the ear.
 

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Why am I being reprimanded and not the person who posted the rude response?

BowWowMeow - Thanks for the link! I appreciate your helpful response!
 

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KodeeGirl, I wasn't reprimanding you. I am sorry that you read it that way. I was trying to point out to doggiedad that there is no reason to be rude. Sorry that you took it the wrong way.

I hope Kodee is feeling better soon.
 

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Oops - KodeeGirl - I think you misread WiscTiger's response. You were being defended.


Some dogs don't react as much to an ear infection - usually you will see head shaking or pawing at the ear.

I agree about going to the vet - it's much more likely to be an infection of some type. Could be from water getting in the ear, food allergy or other causes. If you can determine the cause you may be able to avoid further infections.

Good luck with it. Good that you saw the redness and are taking good care of your pup!
 

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Thanks, all. Wisc. Tiger - sorry I misunderstood your post! I was so irriated at doggiedad that I let it carry over when I read your post.
. Anyway, I will take Kodee to get his ear checked - I forgot to mention it, but he has been "digging" inside his ear carefully (like it's sore), so I know something's going on. I didn't think about infection, just ear mites, and I don't know where he could have gotten those.

Doesn't matter, I guess. Sounds like taking him to the vet is the way to go.
 

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Kodee, dont pay attention to doggiedad. some people really do not know how to fraze a question so dont worry hon. mite s are not common this time of year and as it had been pointed out our gsd do not get it often. bearla had stuff like that coming from her ear (i thought it had been mites too), it turned out to be a infection but with the meds, it went away rather quickly.
im glad you are taking him to the vet sweety.
 

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i answered your question about ear mites, take him to the Vet. i find it very annoying that people put their children and pets in harms way. when you have children and pets you can't trust them. the doors were always locked when my children were young. the basement door always locked, gates across the stairways, nothing in their reach that's harmful. i wasn't trying to make you feel badly. i was making a point that it's our fault when these things happen and we have to really be aware and don't chance things. as for as caring about your dog, i care about all things living. i care about life. i'm glad that you and your family and pets are all well.
 

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some people don't know how to fraze a question, what does fraze mean??
Originally Posted By: bearlasmomKodee, dont pay attention to doggiedad. some people really do not know how to fraze a question so dont worry hon. mite s are not common this time of year and as it had been pointed out our gsd do not get it often. bearla had stuff like that coming from her ear (i thought it had been mites too), it turned out to be a infection but with the meds, it went away rather quickly.
im glad you are taking him to the vet sweety.
 

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i wasn't trying to be rude. i was making a point that it's our fault when a dog gets hit by a car. we can't put our pets in harms way. we can't take chances.
Originally Posted By: Wisc.TigerKodeeGirl, I wasn't reprimanding you. I am sorry that you read it that way. I was trying to point out to doggiedad that there is no reason to be rude. Sorry that you took it the wrong way.

I hope Kodee is feeling better soon.
 

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I took doggiedad's response as a bit rude too...

I believe we all try to do the best we can for our families.... animal and human alike.

Originally Posted By: doggiedad when you have children and pets you can't trust them. the doors were always locked when my children were young. the basement door always locked, gates across the stairways, nothing in their reach that's harmful.
I know I'm not perfect and therefore I try not use the words 'always', 'never' etc... in relation to my own actions...


Hope Kodee's ear is better.... does sound like an ear infection though... my lab mix has had quite a few.
 

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doggiedad, I took you post as rude. As far as your comment that
Quote:i was making a point that it's our fault when a dog gets hit by a car. we can't put our pets in harms way. we can't take chances.
is rude also. Life and this world is far from perfect, dogs are living breathing animimals and things happen, stuff happens and accidents happen. If it was a perfect world no dogs, kids or adults would get hurt. You can take all the precautions in the world, but in one split second some thing can go wrong and a child or dog is in harms way, sadly that is life.

I agree with K9Kaos we are humans and we are not perfect, no one is.

Once again Kodee girl, let us know what the Vet says. I didn't go read all your posts but is Kodee on Antibioitics for any open injuries from the accident. If yes that can be the cause on the ear infection, I know sounds weird but Antibioitics upset the balance in the dogs body.
 

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He got very lucky (if you can call anything about getting hit by a car lucky) - no open injuries, no internal injuries, and no broken bones. He was knocked unconscious, as his head is what hit into the car . Took him to 2 different vets, both said he was fine, just very sore. So he wasn't on any antibiotics - he had one shot for pain right after the accident happened, then had aspirin a couple of times about 2 or 3 days after, when he got really stiff and sore. I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow, and I'll let you know what they say.

Thanks to all of you (except Know-It-All).
 

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doggie dad, i applaud you that you love all things living, and that its our job to protect them no matter what but we cant be everywhere at all times. what happens if you yourself go to work and your puppers god forbid gets hurt while you are not there. do we say, 'why did you leave it to take a chance of being hurt? no. we try to support you.

as pointed out by someone with the voice of wisdom, we are human. Mistakes can happen. accidents do happen. saying what you did is like saying its our fault when a dog gets sick. thats just not the case. we all do our best. i really hope that your gsd stays healthy and accident free. Koddee, you hang in there. its not your fault hon, accidents happen no matter how careful we are. even if your gsd had been on a leash, it was in the stars or fate that it be hit for what ever reason. it would have happened anyway. you seem like a truly loving gsd parent and do all you can for it. so keep your chin up. everything is going to turn out okay and we are all praying for it. let us know what the vet says okay. never ever listen to negativity in life whether about this issue or any other. negativity can only get you down when you allow it.

im sending out hugs for you. lots of hugs and support
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