Scratching at ears, shaking head, whining, head tilt, swollen/puffy earflap, strange odor or discharge from ear(s).
Muzzle your pet or ask someone to restrain your pet while you are looking in their ears. Look for signs of redness, swelling of the ear flap, discharge, or unusual odor. Look for any obvious foreign material such as plants, grass, or rocks. If possible, pull it out with a piece of gauze. Using your fingers may lodge it further into the ear canal. If your pet still seems bothered by an ear problem or has frequent ear infections, seek veterinary care. You may be referred to a specialist to look for underlying causes of ear problems such as allergies.