Merlin started to scratch and shake his right ear on Saturday. As we no longer have a vet clinic on a weekend I did what I could. I examined his ear, combed gently through the outside fur in case of a burr, looked inside and saw nothing. The ear is not inflamed, sore or smelly. There is no wax. In fact, aside with the shaking of his head and him sometimes holding the ear slightly down there is no sign of poorliness. It does not hurt him at all and it seems to have improved over the last few days and he only occasional shakes and rarely itches. I did some research and wondered if it could be ear mites? This is the season for harvest mites, so I wondered if it could be similar with ear mites? I took a cotton bud and very gently touched the inside of his ear (not right inside, I know better). Though nothing appeared on the cotton bud, this gentle touch made Merlin itch. Anyway I have ordered an ear powder I've been recommended (Thornit) and I was hoping it would be here by now. I want to try that first as it is specifically for itchy ears and if nothing happens Merlin will go to the vets. I know the vet will just prescribe ABs, which I really don't think Merlin needs as the irritation is improving. What other reasons could cause itchy ears? I've checked a dozen times for grass seeds or similar.