Wed, Jun 5, 2024

Swollen ear on the outside of the ear. Not scratching or shaking her head to much

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Since your dog isn't excessively scratching or shaking her head, an ear infection might be less likely, but it's still important to address the issue.

First, gently inspect the swollen area for any visible signs of injury, bites, or redness. Be cautious not to press too hard, as this might cause discomfort.

If the ear appears dirty, you can clean it with a damp cloth and a mild antiseptic solution. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as these can be too harsh for your dog's sensitive skin.

Applying a cold compress can help reduce the swelling. Wrap some ice in a cloth and gently hold it against the swollen area for a few minutes. Repeat this process a few times a day.

It's crucial to monitor the swelling closely. If it increases, becomes redder, or if your dog starts showing signs of pain or discomfort, it could indicate a more serious issue.

Given that the swelling has persisted for four days, it's important to keep a close eye on it. If she scratches her ears, shakes her head a lot, has an odor, or develops additional skin issues, please take her to the vet. They can provide a thorough examination and determine if any specific treatment is necessary.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.