Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
VERY SIMILAR, BUT EDITTED FOR GRAMMAR AND CLARITY Hi - from visuals only, I wondered whether Ringworm could be involved; this may be worth trying to rule out, especially given the implications for human health. Another non-itchy cause might be demodex. The history, however, might suggest something itchy; possibilities include an aural foreign body, or pain to the ear, head, even teeth / jaw. Another common possibility may be otitis. We used to say 'ear infection,' but actually most itchy ('otitis') ears aren't infected - just irritated / inflamed and therefore prone to being scratched - and if the claw happens to catch the skin, then secondary issues such as superficial infection or removal of skin, may be common. Furthermore, one can't rule out cancers from here. Itchy skin is frustrating because it seems as if it should be an easy problem to solve, but actually it is complex; there is the damage to the ear (the secondary effect) and then there is the cause e.g. allergies or pain. We would recommend that you to persist in visiting the vets and let them know that you are interested in getting to the bottom of the case. If you do (get to the bottom of the cause in this case), please would you let us know?