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Let me think here, in my climate ,any scratching of any kind the first thing I do is eliminate the possibility of fleas.being short coated,the fleas may pick on the moist areas of your dog and folds,we often see fleas on the faces . Sometimes a contact allergen like a lawn treatment or a new carpet could be the culprit. A yeast problem on the skin and ears can cause itching around face ears and feet. If food is the culprit, you could try changing to a different protein source food,that is also grain and additive free like Orijen fish kibble (slowly of course) You could consider looking at a raw or partial raw diet with some plain probiotic yogurt added too. My breeds are poodles and a golden who all swim a lot and using a grain free diet ,with added yogurt,and a turkey neck dinner has pretty well taken care of worry about yeasty ears. If his skin is really irritated,red,or losing hair I would take him to vet for a skin scraping,as well hope that helps
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