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…