What Could The Crusty Substance In My Dog's Ear Be?


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terry rossignol Profile
terry rossignol answered
It might be ear mites what does it look like?
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
It could be a few different things, simple ear wax, or mites, and even ringworm. I would opt for the ringworm, and get some cerumite. Hope this helps.
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Anonymous answered
Aural (ear) discharge can be due to infection-bacterial, yeast, or both, ear mites, foreign body, or normal earwax-consisting of skin cells from the ear and debris.  Ringworm rarely invades inside the ear-it prefers to attack the haired areas of the coat, the same is true for mange-this type of mite lives at the base of the hair follicle. 
Your dog needs to be examined by a veterinarian to make sure there is not a foreign body in the ear canal--grass awns are very common in the summertime.  A swab of the ear will be taken, smeared on a slide, then examined under a microscope to look for mites and infection.
Identifying the cause will lead to appropriate treatment. 

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