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Excessive itching, particularly around the ears, can be indicative of several underlying issues in dogs, such as allergies, ear mites, bacterial or yeast infections. Given that your poodle is currently being treated with Animax ointment, which is a combination of anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial ingredients, it suggests that an infection or inflammation was suspected.

If the itching has subsided after 12 days of treatment and is no longer ongoing, it's possible that the medication has addressed the initial problem. However, if the itching resumes or persists, it may mean that the underlying cause was not fully resolved or that there is another issue at play. It's important to ensure that the ear canal is kept clean and dry, as moisture can exacerbate or lead to infections.

Without flea and tick prevention, your dog is at risk of infestations that can cause severe itching and skin problems. It's advisable to start a vet-recommended flea and tick prevention program, especially if your dog is outdoors often. This will help prevent future skin issues related to parasites.

Considering your dog has a history of diabetes, it's crucial to monitor for signs of infection or poor healing, as diabetes can affect the immune system and the ability to recover from infections.

In the current situation, watch for signs of ear discharge, redness, swelling, or a foul odor, as these can indicate an infection that may require further treatment. Additionally, if your dog shows signs of systemic illness such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or unusual behavior, these could be signs of a more serious condition and warrant immediate veterinary attention.

For immediate relief from itching, you can use an Elizabethan collar to prevent your dog from scratching his ears and causing further irritation or injury. Ensure that the collar is fitted properly to prevent discomfort and allow for normal eating and drinking.

If your dog's skin issues continue despite these measures, or if you notice any new symptoms, it's important to seek further veterinary evaluation to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

Remember, maintaining regular check-ups and keeping up to date with vaccinations are important for your dog's overall health, especially with a pre-existing condition like diabetes.

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