Why are my French bulldog’s ears crusty?

Why are my French bulldog's ears crusty?

Because of weather and heat, French bulldogs’ ears are quite often dry/crusts. Crusts and sores just on outer ear flaps are normal, but they can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.

 It might be a symptom of an ear infection, fleas, mites, or allergies if your Frenchie is frequently scratching his ears. If you only scratch for 30 seconds every now and then, it’s probably just an itch that needs to be scratched.

Scabs and Crusts on Your Dog’s Ear Flaps: What Causes Them?

– Other parasites, such as flystrike (like mange, ear mites)

– Intolerances (that cause otitis, ear inflammation).

– A traumatic event (bites from other dogs, lacerations).

– Frostbite

– Trauma caused by aural hematoma, ear fissures.

– Autoimmune disease

We do recommend that you try to keep your Frenchies ears clean. These ALOE VERA DOG WIPES help to stop itching and infection.

Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

There is indeed much you can do at home if you can figure out what’s causing your dog’s crusty ears. It is, nevertheless, advisable to consult a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis, especially if the problem persists.

Dermatitis caused by fly bites

Flystrike, also known as fly bite dermatitis, is a condition that affects dogs with upright ears, such as Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, Akitas, and other breeds. Here on the tips of the dog’s ears, there will be lesions and dried blood.


This should be treated with a fly repellent like Flys-Off to keep flies away from the animals. (I use Flys-Off to deter flies from biting the margins of my dogs’ ears.) Clean the ears that use soapy water and betadine from your first level kit before administering any ointment, then dry with a cotton ball.

Flystrike may be treated at home in the same way that your veterinarian would. Severe cases may require the application of a topical antibiotic.

Ear Mites Can Indeed be Treated at Home:

If you notice black wax and ear mites, you can cleanse the ear canals and cure the mites with olive oil at home. If ear mites are discovered during a veterinary check, the ears will be cleansed and a topical pesticide will be applied.

Always Address Mange:

Mange is diagnosed at the vet using skin scrapings. A topical cream, an insecticide bath, or one of many types of oral medicines can be used to treat it. Itching, crustiness, hair loss, and a rash are some of the symptoms.

Allergies Can Also Cause Ear Margin Issues:

The inner ears are typically red and itch a lot if indeed the dog’s crusty ear margins are provoked by an allergy, identical to how mange affects some dogs. You must first determine what allergies you have before you may treat them at home. Food allergies may be treated with an elimination diet, whereas inhalant allergies can be treated organically.

Inhalant allergies may be treated with antihistamines, steroids, or immunosuppressants at the veterinarian’s office to alleviate itching. Allergy shots may also be recommended by the veterinarian. If the dog has food allergies, the irritated ears will be treated first, followed by determining what he is sensitive to and eliminating those allergens from the diet.

Trauma Could Lead to Flystrike:

If your dog suffers from a wounded ear flap as a result of the fight, and it’s quite small so you don’t have to go to your doctor to be sutured, you have to keep it clean and keep flies. To keep the area moist and avoid infection, most veterinarians recommend using a triple antibiotic ointment.

If the dog has indeed been traumatized, the doctor will clean the outer ears and perhaps stitch a ripped ear flap. Antibiotics will be given to some dogs that have developed a skin infection. If you believe your dog has frostbite after being outside in severe temperatures, he should be checked. His life may be saved by surgery (to remove the tissue before it turns gangrenous).

Fissures in Floppy Ears:

It cracks that itch a lot and is generally caused by scratching or shaking of the head owing to an underlying disease.

In some situations, simply cleaning the ear and treating the infection can be enough. If the ear becomes infected, the fissure may need to be sutured in the veterinarian’s office.

Auditory Hematomas Must Be Treated:

An atrial hematoma will be drained (blood pocket in the ear), and the ear may be due to nail in certain situations to avoid filling the blood again.

If your dog’s ears canals are infected, the doctor will try to establish the source of the hematoma and may prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medicines.


We’ve found that this is usually due to the dog scratching excessively. Some of our best tips for preventing this are using doggie ear wipes, giving your pup a nice massage with coconut oil or olive oil, and making sure they have some toys to play with while you’re away. If none of these suggestions work after trying them out for a while, it may be time to talk to your vet about other possible causes like allergies or infections.

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Dan James

Dan James is the founder and editor of FrenchBulldogio, a canine enthusiast who writes about what he's learned on the way of being a French Bulldog owner and sharing his advice, tips, and research.

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