Q. My dogs outter ear was fine about 6 hours ago when I left for work- I came home and it's swollen- what could cause this ?

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A. A bee sting maybe? check the area for a stinger, and scrape at it gently with your fingernails to try to scrape the stinger out. If you see something come out that is tiny, sharp, and has a small sack on the bottom of it.. you have found your stinger! If the swelling doesn't go down by tomorrow, you may want to bring him to the vet.

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