Wounded Dog Ears, Part the Second

But first, Zoe wishes to show off her new t-shirt,  which DH put on her this morning on an impulse. She loves it; in her mind, it probably means she’s going to wake up in human form (or at least with opposable thumbs) any day now.
Alas, the other pooch is not so perky; she wouldn’t look at me while I held the camera for this shot, and only turned toward me when I put it down again.
(Read on only if you’re actually interested in gory details about bleeding ear tips)
Her ear has been spattering blood over various parts (both reachable and unreachable [for those who’ve asked, I find that Magic Erasers work wonders on most surfaces, and enzymatic “pet accident” cleaners work well on carpets and fabrics]) of my house for quite a while now, and no amount of Bandaid liquid bandage would hold for more than a day or so (other brands, the nail-polish types, actually seem to make it worse – they don’t bond with the skin, but they do bond with the wound, so when the stuff gets shaken off it tears the wound open more). The excessive head shaking is due to allergies most likely exacerbated by excessive ear wax, and thus begins the vicious cycle; cleaning the ears results in more bouts of vigorous shaking. The ideal solution for this problem would simply be for her ears to not get hives; I don’t know if there’s much to be done aside from daily doses of benadryl, gentle cleaning and cortaid cream. However, it’s important to have your dog checked by the vet to identify the problem. It can be anything from allergies to ear mites to yeast infections, to a myriad of other causes, but whatever it is, if you can cure the itch the ear tips are much more likely to heal up.
Anyway, on Saturday, I finally went to the vet to get some more of the super sticky tape, but even that wouldn’t stay in place used as just a bandaid. I hated to do it, but I decided it was time to immobilize the ear, hence the above picture from this morning. I had it taped so that only the injured ear was held; the other one was free to flap. So of course, flap she did, and within an hour of waking this morning the free ear had a small cut, just enough (for now) to leave red marks on the bandage.
So I’ve decided to try the solution suggested by Leslie, who commented in my previous dog ear post that she had used pantyhose to keep her Great Dane’s ears from flapping. So I’m giving it a try; the benefits are that I can band-aid the wounds as per my first post on this topic, clean the ears and apply cortaid or cortisone cream as needed for the hives, and they aren’t held so still that they’ll get bruised. Also, I think she’s a bit embarrassed/ depressed about having hose on her head, so for now she’s moping and not shaking her head. The real question is whether it’ll stand up to a vigorous bout of shaking when she’s outside, since that’s where the injuries usually seem to take place.
I’m very lucky, though – she’s extremely sweet natured, and puts up with the various tortures of treatment without getting aggressive, so long as she can have a treat and a little extra belly rubbing when it’s over.
Hopefully, a week from now the wounds will be healed. If only I could say the same for the allergies…
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13 Responses to Wounded Dog Ears, Part the Second

  1. QP says:

    The pantyhose look(s) like a good solution. Your doggies are so lucky to have you giving them TLC.

  2. sammy says:

    There is a new product on the market called KytoStat you could use. KytoStat is as easy to use as a regular bandaid. You can find it here: http://www.wherebleedingstops.com.

  3. julie says:

    Thanks Sammy, that looks like a very interesting product. Your link has an extra period in it at the end though, so here’s the proper one: KytoStat

  4. Rocket says:

    Sounds like you need to get to the bottom of the allergies. Start with food. You’d be surprised what dogs can be allergic to.

  5. Julio says:


    I have a viszla with the same problem. My vet said it was allergies, but I am ready to go for a second opinion. She is 4 years old. Like 6 month ago one of her ears started to get red and full of little bumps. The other ears stood clean for nearly 4 month. Now both ears are really red. I have her in $pecial dog food, but to no avail.
    Please, let me know if you find what is affecting your dog. I will keep you posted if I found what is affecting mine.

  6. Summer says:

    I know it has been quite a while since your original post, so I hope this is still useful for you. I was trying to find help for a dog that we are watching for a while when I came upon your post. I noticed that you have referred to this “sticky tape” that you had a few times. You also mentioned that you couldn’t find it anywhere except the vet’s office. If you have any stores that cater to larger farm animals (such as cows and horses), this is where you should check. Most basic pet stores won’t carry it. Here in Iowa we can get it at “Horse and Hound” or at “Farm King”. Probably some more in the area, but I’m not sure. Keep checking around, and ask if anyone carries “horse tape”. Hope this helps in your search.

  7. julie says:

    Thank you, Summer! It looks like her ear troubles are pretty much resolved now, but it’s always good to know where to find the unusual items. It would never have occurred to me to check a big farm store, but I’m sure there are some around here.

  8. Brian says:

    Julie and Julio,

    I TOO have a vizsla (Branson) with ear issues. He has a yeast infection in his ears, which is pesky enough to deal with. But now he has a cut at the end of one ear, and I’m experiencing all the head-shaking, blood-on-everything, tried-everything, when-will-this-end drama. One suggestion for the yeast infection was to make sure his food doesn’t contain wheat, so I’m switching that over now. But I suspect I’ll have to erradicate the yeast infection before the head shaking will stop.

  9. julie says:

    Brian, before you try anything else, save yourself a lot of time and money by trying Zymox. It cleared up her ears completely within about three days, this after really years of recurrent infections. She hasn’t had troubles since. It’s the best $12 I ever spent on her.

  10. Brian says:

    I’ll try Zymox if there is a next time, since I wouldn’t have to pay for an office visit or the more expensive prescription medication. This time around, I switched to the wheat-free food and the vet gave me more Otomax. The yeast infection cleared up in a few days, so the head-shaking stopped and the cuts are now healed! Yay!

  11. Kara says:

    Read these posts. All helpful for a Lab with bloodied ear and cheek puncture wound from a dog scuffle. Cleaned with H2O2, betadine, colloidal silver and finished off with neosporin for good measure. Still the wound was weeping everywhere.

    Over lunch a friend suggested making a fresh cutting of aloe from the garden and applying it. Her mother did for years for dogs with wounds in Mexico. Ran to the pharmacy for liquid bandage and other recommended products on this site. Home $20 in bandaging materials later and sure enough the aloe had crated a seal or scab over the wound. it even survived a round of robust scratching.

    Haven’t tried with aloe from the bottle, but I’m truly relieved.

  12. julie says:

    Aloe? Wow! Sounds like it was effective. Seems surprising, but aloe has never come up as a method of creating a scab here (or anywhere else I had seen, or I definitely would have tried it).

    Thanks, Kara – I’ll remember that!

  13. dave says:

    I have a female Boston with a yeast infection that affects her ears and belly. Neosporin did nothing, a waste of money. On a whim, I tried Cortaid: It works magnificently. Her ears became smooth after only a few applications and regular baths. I give her the natural-soap bath, put the Cortaid on her ears and belly, and she clears right up. The lotion is soothing, as well. Good luck…

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