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I'm not sure if she has something in her ear as she keeps

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I'm not sure if she has something in her ear as she keeps scratching it and when I touch the left-hand side of her she yelps. She's not eating and is very lethargic, She has had a lump on her head since being a can't it seems to get bigger
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this decrease in the dog's appetite?
Customer: Two days ago
JA: Does the dog seem to be in any pain?
Customer: Yes She keeps scratching it and crying
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bubbly 4 years old toy poodle
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No - she's normally very active and hyper. She is the opposite
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this.

Is the ear canal red, smelly or full of discharge?

Are her gums pink. and wet?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 18 days ago.
Are you saying no to a phone call?
This is a suggestion only and I am happy to continue talking via typing.Did you see the above questions?
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Without further information it is very difficult for me to provide the best advice but I shall certainly try. Please reply when you can and we can continue the conversation.

From what you have said, I would very much want a vet to look in her ears. I would consider e.g.

A bacterial or fungal infection

A foreign body within the canal

An ear polyp

Ear mites


The vet will look inside the canal and may swab any discharge for a culture and sensitivity test.

Ear infections can make a dog feel unwell and they cause significant pain but we would also want to ensure there isn't something else going on.

I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions,

Take care,


Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 17 days ago.

Hi there, this is just Dr Linda checking in. How is everything going?