Top 3 Reasons Why Dogs Scratch their Ears Until they Bleed
A slight scratch of the ears is normal but scratching until the point the dog’s ears bleed isn’t. This concerning behavior could be explained by one of the following reasons.
1. Consequences of allergies
Your dog might need an allergy test. Excessive scratching of the ear is a potential sign of an allergic reaction. This could come from food or environmental allergies. You might also notice other common symptoms of allergic reactions such as the appearance of red bumps along the dog’s ear. The dog is scratching because of the crazy itch he feels. They can’t help themselves but scratch until the ear area starts bleeding.
2. Ear mite infections
Dogs may also scratch their ears until they bleed because of the irritation caused by ear mite infections. In addition to the bleeding, other common signs of ear mite infections include excessive shaking of the head and dark discharge from the inner ear. Don’t try to clean up a dog’s ear infection on your own. Put your dog on a cone until he is able to get a proper diagnosis and treatment from the vet.
3. High degree of stress and anxiety
Dogs that are highly-stressed may develop compulsive disorders, one of which might be excessive scratching. The dog is so stressed that he doesn’t know he is scratching his ears until they start bleeding. If anxiety is the reason for the excessive ear scratching, it should be fairly evident as to what’s causing them to be anxious. Perhaps it has something to do with severe separation anxiety or the stress might be something picked up from a rescue dog’s past history.
Consultation with a pet behaviorist is strongly recommended if you think dogs are scratching their ears until they bleed due to behavioral issues. Otherwise, the scratching behavior won’t go away and the resulting infections from the open wound may make your dog even more sick.