My Chihuahua Puppy Came In From Outside And Is Continually Shaking His Head. We Cannot See Anything In His Ear. How Can We Help Him?


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Anonymous answered
Head shaking in dogs is usually associated with ear infection. Ear infections in dogs can cause pain leading to head shaking and pawing in the ears. This infection can be due to bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasites. Other reasons can be trauma, cancer, polyps, foreign material, and allergy etc. Vestibular disease can also cause head shaking. Diagnosis is by physical examination, complete blood tests, x-ray, allergy test, and skin scraping. Treatment depends upon underlying cause.

Vestibular system maintains the balance and orientation. There are two types of vestibular diseases. Central vestibular disease that affects brain and peripheral vestibular disease that affects nerves. Dogs usually have peripheral vestibular disease. Its symptoms are drunken walking, falling, in coordination, head tilt, and rolling etc. Its causes are inner/middle ear infections,  thiamine deficiency, metronidazole toxicity and head trauma. Treatment requires Complete medical history, complete physical examinations and diagnostic tests. So, you should take your dog to vet.
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Kelly Walter answered
Your dog may have picked up ear mites.  The best thing for you to do is to take him to the vet.  They will probably tell you to get some ear mite medicine from Petco or will prescribe you something.

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