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Old 07-02-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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We just adopted a puppy (3 month old lab/pitt mix. awkward, clumsy and just too darn cute) yesterday from the SPCA. He has been WONDERFUL adjusting to everything (except his crate, working on that slowly though!) and seems super super happy.

One of my major concerns at the moent are his ears. He's been slightly itchy since we got him (saw no fleas, but lots of dandruff and i'm assuming thats just from lack of TLC from the shelter) but he woke up at 1am this morning and would NOT stop scratching his ears.

Now they are all red and irriated and he just wont leave them alone! I looked inside them this morning and they are a little dirty but nothing huge. What ear cleaning products out there (preferably found at Petco or Petsmart at the moment) are puppy-safe?

He's getting his first bath today and I plan on cleaning his ears then and hoping it stops. Should I may put some type of ointment in there, antibiotic or anti-itch (for humans...or dogs?)

If you have any advice that would be great!

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He also received his rabies and bordatella shot yesterday at the SPCA before we took him home. Possible allergic reaction...?

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Hi Peytonlove and welcome to the forum!
And bless you for adopting! I'm glad to hear it's working out well so far!
I doubt it's the shots - do you have things like fire ants where you are? Maybe he got something on his ears. For now I'd use warm water and a washcloth and not buy anything special for cleaning. And no offense to these wonderful pet supply chains but I wouldn't take advice from the associates so I don't think it's a good idea to walk in with questions about what to buy.
Also it's not a good idea to bathe them too much - doggy skin is very sensitive, whatever you do make sure you use a shampoo especially for dogs. Since you just got this doggy he may be stressed for a few days, not eat etc so don't be too concerned about that.
So when do we get to see pics of the little darling!
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I was definitely expecting him to be stressed but he hasn't shown one sign at all. Eats, plays, learned quickly to go potty outside and he even learned sit, all in one day. He is craving attention and stimulation and loves every minute of it.

I'll just gently wash his ears today when he gets a bath. He smells pretty much like stinky dog lol, i'm sure its from the shelter. But I absolutely appreciate you advice, it is most helpful!

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It could be the disinfectant they use. Sometimes it can be pretty stinky!
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