Rubbing the Ear

The dog or cat has an itching ear and rubs the ear against furniture or the floor. When pets begin rubbing the ears, it is usually indicative of some form of health issue. Perhaps the most common reasons that dogs and cats may begin rubbing the ears are flea or tick infestations, allergies, debris, fly bites and excessive wax build up. However, there are some serious reasons for this behavior, and they include bite wounds, hematomas, ear infections, hypothyroidism, seborrhea and adrenal malfunctions.

Rubbing the Ear

How to Recognize

If your pet begins rubbing at the ears, it can be a sign something is bothering him/her.


Your pet is most likely rubbing the ear due to an irritation caused by fleas, ticks, or ear mites on the ears or in the ear canals. Other causes include excessive wax accumulation, injuries on or in the ear, insect bites, inner ear infections, skin allergies, aural hematomas, hypothyroidism, seborrhea, and adrenal malfunctions.


The veterinarian will inspect your pet\\\'s ear canal and may test a sample of your pet\\\'s ear discharge.


In most cases, the veterinarian will clean out your pet\\\'s ears and prescribe a topical or oral medication.

Rubbing the Ear Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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