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Thread: Shaking her head repeatedly & 1 ear drooping - any ideas?

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    Senior Dog Member Lizaveta's Avatar
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    Shaking her head repeatedly & 1 ear drooping - any ideas?

    Most of the time Keeda's ears are level and one doesn't appear to be lower than the other. But I've noticed that sometimes her right ear starts to droop visibly lower than her left. When this happens she starts to shake her head a lot as if it's bothering her.

    I've noticed this several times, but haven't been sure if I'm just seeing things as most of the time before I get a chance to really take a closer look her ears go back to normal and she stops shaking her head. Today it happened again and now I'm sure that I am not imagining things. It normally lasts for a couple of minutes at a time.

    Facts that may or may not be relevant:

    -I've noticed that this tends to happen most when she's excited or when we're outside. Today it happened right before our walk. She was in a sit-stay outside of my room while I was putting on my sweater when I noticed it. Not sure if this is a coincidence :/
    -Keeda is about 2 years old
    -She is an ACD/Kelpie/Beagle mix
    -She has not had any health problems (that we know of, anyway) so far.
    -She is vaccinated yearly


    Does anyone have any idea what this might be? I'm considering taking her to the vet for this, but I'm just not sure how good it'll do as it's not like she'll go into one of these episodes on command and if we start driving to the vet when it starts by the time we get there she'll be back to normal.

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    she most likely has an ear infection you should make a vet appointment thanks

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    I agree, it could be the first signs of an ear infection or hygroma.
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    Senior Dog Member Lizaveta's Avatar
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    Thanks for the advice, guys. Unfortunately I won't be able to take her to the vet until the weekend after next, but I'll go ahead and book an appointment.

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    You can give your dogs ears a cleaning right now. Maybe it would help a bit.
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    Good idea, I'll do that. Hopefully I'll get to take her to the vet earlier than expected if I can get someone with a car to drive us. If it gets really bad we'll walk to the vet, it'll be about 1.5-2 hours to get there, but it's not like we'll have much of a choice :S

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    Quote Originally Posted by fairlight View Post
    I agree, it could be the first signs of an ear infection or hygroma.
    Er... hematoma ??


    Lizaveta, look in her ears and see if they appear red or there is any gunk. Smell them.
    Do you clean them regularly, and if so with what?

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    Poppy did this a couple of weeks ago (the head shaking) - her ears looked clean but I clean them regularly anyway so didn't expect to find anything. But I still decided to put a few drops of our regluar cleaner in her ears. You wouldn't believe the gunk that came out and within a few hours the head shaking had reduced and after a couple of days (with cleaning 3-4 times a day) she was back to normal.

    I hope you manage to get her sorted out.
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    Cearbhaill, I actually haven't been cleaning her ears regularly When asked about cleaning when we first took her to the vet as a puppy we were told to be very wary about touching anywhere near the inside of the ears and that giving them a swipe with a moist cotton ball monthly would be enough. I take it this isn't what we're meant to be doing? I'll do as BabyElephant did and start cleaning much more often. Any recommended products to use?

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    Oh and also - can dirty ears explain the drooping? It's only her right ear that droops, but it is very visible when it does. I wouldn't have thought that would have anything to do with dirty ears.

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