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my 21 month female pitbull is scratching her left ear to the point of some bleeding. I looked inside as best I could and fairly deep is a mass of dark colored ( wax )?? I can't afford to take her to a vet and I'm asking if there is anything I can do for her at home. she doesn't seem to be in pain but I'm afraid the continued scratching will cause a even bigger problem. thankyou

Your dog needs to see a vet.Sorry to be so harsh but this is not comfortable for your dog. It can be painful. She could have overactive ear glands and that will cause this or she might have a huge, nasty case of ear mites. She is going to get a really bad ear infection if this isn't treated and if she keeps scratching she could give herself a hematoma on her ear flap.

Owning a pet is a responsibility. We are responsible to make sure our pets have the proper medical care, food and shelter. It comes with the privilege of pet ownership.   

Please call a vet tomorrow and make her an appointment. She loves you and looks to you to take care of her medically as well as in other ways.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!


I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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