My Beagle Keeps Shaking His Head- What Does This Mean?

beagle keeps shaking his head

Hi, Welcome. When your Beagle keeps shaking his head, pawing or rubbing his ears on the furniture or scratching the areas around the ear itself, this is a sure sign that there's an infection.

You may notice a yellow, brown, or bloody discharge and an abnormal odor coming from the ear channel. There may be swelling, hair loss, or scabs or crusts around or in the dog's ear. Dogs sometimes have strange and unusual eye movements. Some start walking around in circles or begin experiencing a loss of balance.

Most adult ear infection is caused by bacteria and yeast, although ear mites are often the cause of infections in puppies.

Most ear conditions can be dealt with fairly easily once you’ve been able to find out exactly what your dog’s scratching is all about.

Whether it's due to an ear infection, mites, ticks or fleas inside the ear, when a Beagle keeps shaking his head it indicates that the irritation is ongoing and needs to be addressed.

Beagles are known for their cute, dropped ears. The problem is that these tend to block air flow, creating a dark, moist environment in which bacteria can grow. If you lift the flap and there is swelling, redness, thick wax, or discharge coming from the ear, an infection is the probable cause of your dog's discomfort.

It's also possible that your dog is spending his day scratching to relieve the itching and pain caused by ticks, mites or fleas.

My Beagle Keeps Shaking His Head- What Does This Mean?


beagle keeps shaking his head

Beagle keeps shaking his head

Flea allergy dermatitis is an allergic reaction to the saliva of the biting flea. It only takes one flea to drive your dog bananas.

Fleas are one of the most common parasites in dogs and these are usually spread throughout their body. This means that if you notice dog scratching other parts of the body as well then he probably has fleas.

Flea allergies can be eliminated in most cases with regular use of flea medication along with controlling fleas throughout the home. Consult your veterinarian as to which product is best to help you remove the fleas from your dog. Be careful with the dosage, it's set by the weight of the animal.

Your vet will administer steroids or antihistamines that will help calm your dog’s itching and give both of you a break from all the scratching and whining.


Ear mites are the most common type that infests dogs and are easily spread from one animal to the other.

Just three or four adult mites in the ear can cause considerable discomfort. The mite life cycle lasts three weeks. First, the eggs are laid and cemented in place within the ear canal. These eggs incubate in only four days, then hatch into six-legged larvae which feed for another 3 to 10 days.

Your Beagle keeps shaking his head, yelping in pain and scratching and rubbing his head along the ground in an attempt to stop the itching. You may see dried blood or a discharge draining from the ear. If you clean his ears with a cotton ball, you can usually see the mites moving.

Clean your dog's ears with a gentle cleanser as the ear will be painful. Here's how you should do this: Pour cleaning solution into the ear channel then use a medium sized cotton ball and gently massage the ear at the base. Clean the ear until the cotton ball comes out clean.

I don't recommend using Q-Tips. They may push debris deeper into the ear and could even rupture the dog's eardrum. Avoid alcohol or other solutions that are irritating to inflamed skin. Once you’ve cleaned the ear canal, allow it to dry for about 10 minutes.

Clean the ears and treat with drops at least twice a week for another three weeks. Otherwise, ear mite eggs left behind in the ear canal will hatch and the process all start over again.


It's going to be important to remove a tick to avoid damage to your dog's ear. Try using tweezers carefully taking the parasite close to its mouth and pulling it out slowly, avoiding any turning or sudden movement.

Ear Infection

beagle keeps shaking his head

Dog ear infections are one of the most frustrating canine health issues around today. They’re difficult to deal with because they often come back, again and again. On top of that, an expert assessment is the only means to determine the cause.

Dog Ear Yeast Infection

These infections happen when yeast, which is a natural organism required to keep a dog's immune system working, gets out of wack and grows out of control.

The balance of yeast in your dog’s body and his ears can be affected by his diet, any medications he may be on, other illnesses, or his daily activity.

Beagles enjoy running, swimming, and just lying around in the sun. Water and sweat gather in the creases and nooks and crannies in their ears where yeast loves to grow.

Yeast thrives on sugar, and sugary treats or snacks tend to throw yeast levels out of balance as well.

beagle keeps shaking his head

Beagle Keeps shaking his Head

Outer ear infection

This is the most common type of ear infection found in dogs. These infections affect the ear canal through to the eardrum.

They're most noticeable by the swollen appearance that's red and warm when you touch it.

There's usually a nasty smell. Your dog Beagle keeps shaking his head and starts to increase the scratching area as the infection gets worse. He may also tilt his head to try to reduce pressure on the effected area.

Middle ear infection

A middle ear infection occurs just behind the eardrum. The symptoms are similar to an outer ear infection, but you may also notice a temporary loss of hearing.

Inner ear infection 

An inner ear infection can be a result of any bacteria and infection that has spread from their outer ear to their middle or inner ear areas. This kind of ear infection is rare and can cause dizziness, some sudden loss of hearing, and difficulty balancing. This infection is difficult to diagnose and usually requires CT or MRI imaging for confirmation.

How Ear Infections Are Diagnosed And Treated 

Your vet will use a swab to obtain a sample of any discharge. This sample will be examined under a microscope to see if there’s a yeast or bacteria present.

Yeast, bacteria or both confirm there’s an infection. Dark brown or black debris usually indicates a yeast infection. With other infections, there may be yellow or brown pus in the ears.

Antibiotics will normally be required to clean up the cause of the problem.

The antibiotics attack any bacterial infection present and are given orally in capsule or tablet form or in the form of drops.

Never, ever, try to put anything directly inside your dog’s ears unless your vet has directed it is safe to do so!!

It's very important to follow your vet's recommendations when it comes to dealing with ear infections. Serious potentially irreversible complications can develop. Do not stop the medication early thinking the infection is gone.

Don't try to treat your dog's ear infection using home remedies without veterinary advice. The eardrum might be ruptured making it dangerous to put anything into the dog's ear.

Take your dog back for rechecks if recommended or if your Beagle keeps shaking his head and his ears are not improving.


beagle keeps shaking his head

It's important to take his weekly grooming ritual seriously. Careful cleaning of the ears can help prevent potential problems and decrease the frequency of ear infections.

Dry your Beagle’s ears after every bath and check for any foreign matters that may be there.

Never spray or dump water directly onto your dog’s head during a bath. Rather, start at the neck and wipe down his ears and face with a damp towel.

Thanks for reading! If your Beagle keeps shaking his head and scratching quickly take him to the vet for a check-up. Do you have any suggestions for treating doggy eye infections. Please share them with us in the comment box below this post.

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