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Is this the sign of an ear infection?

Asked by GrellAKAFruitQueen (65points) August 6th, 2015

I just got a 3 month old terrier mix puppy from a rescue center, and she’s gorgeous! Although gorgeous, this puppy was stinky, so I gave her a bath. In the midst of giving her a bath, I was worried I got some water in her ears, but not too worried, considering I tried to avoid her head as much as possible when rinsing.
Just a few moments ago, I came into my room, and she was excited to see me, whining and wagging her tail. So I began to pet her and stroke her ears. Scrunching up my nose, I then noticed a peculiar smell on my hands. It didn’t smell like her, if anything, it reeked of poop. I pet her again, and she started to whine. I wasn’t sure if she was in pain, or still happy to see me. And when I lifted up her ears, I noticed they seemed to be wet, almost like they were leaking water, but maybe not. Did I get water in her ears, or is this a sign of an ear infection? Because I don’t think water in her ears would cause them to reek like this.

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

It could be a number of things, but I don’t think it’s normal. Because she was whining, combined with the smell, I’d get her to a vet sooner rather than later.

Wet dogs can stink, but I honestly wouldn’t risk it.

johnpowell's avatar

I am not a dog…

But I have crazy ear problems. I only have about 10% hearing in my left ear. When it flairs up there is a nasty dark wet paste on the q-tip. Saying it smells like ass is a accurate representation. It is almost like tar. Luckily the drops from my doctor clear it up. But be warned, this is going to be expensive so your wallet is going to be tested.

Buttonstc's avatar

Vet. ASAP.

Buttonstc's avatar

That smell is your clue that something is seriously wrong.

If it’s not an ear infection, it could be an abcess caused by a small puncture wound. Its possible she cpuld have gotten into a tussle with a cat.

But at this point it doesn’t really matter WHICH it is. It won’t clear up by itself. It needs medication from a Vet.

Call the shelter from which you adopted her. Many shelters nowadays have a policy of free Vet care for a period of 2 weeks to a month.

They do this to encourage adoptions and allay fears about shelter pets. They are aware that animals which appear healthy might have something needing attention which shows up once the person takes the pet home.

Give them a call tomorrow to let them know what you’ve observed. You might be pleasantly surprised.

longgone's avatar

The smell is definitely cause for concern. Dogs’ ears often smell somewhat special, but it’s more of a sweet smell. What you’re describing does not sound good, and ear issues should be dealt with promptly. Call your vet right now.

jca's avatar

@GrellAKAFruitQueen: Please let us know how things turned out.

marinelife's avatar

To the vet with her right away. It could be a number of things and it could become serious at her age!

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