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Cut ear not healing

Hi there,

Our boy cut the end of his ear over Christmas and it's just not getting a chance to heal on its own. He shakes his head out of habit and was knocking the scab off more than once a day.

We tried various things to stop the bleeding, and also tried strapping his ear to his head to stop it flapping around.

All attempts have failed because his head shake starts the bleeding, or shakes the bandages off.

We've now got him in a lampshade collar thing, which is making him miserable. He can still shake his head and his ears rattle around inside it.

Vets have already cauterised it and can only suggest keeping the lampshade on for a week. Ordinarily, I would just persevere cos a week isn't that long, but he's still making it bleed.

Any suggestions?

12/1/08

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marcoos marcoos

HI there, our boy lurcher ear got torn in a fight with our new one, when we first got her. It bled like fury. Ears seem to do that. i used some spray plaster, and this stemmed the bleeding. (it was the ear tip, flappiest bit) Though you have already had it seen to by a vet, this was more of a first aid thing, so it may have been more effective. I may get told off for this but it worked!

12/1/08

lovely lurcher lovely lurcher

well we've tried superglue and cauterisation. It's not stopping it bleeding thats the problem, it's stopping it re-bleeding.
When he shakes his head, it's quite violent. You can hear the noise of his ears flapping on the side of his head from upstairs.
I think what I need is a way of stopping his ears flapping around and will withstand the headshake.

12/1/08

stuart stuart

Try using something like a small rubber bucket or ssuitable plant pot with the bottom removed and applied over his head in a similar way tot eh collar. the aim is to give the ears less room to flap about.
once he is used to that turn both ears up and over his head and superglue (yes superglu) the HAIRY bits of the ears togehther over the top of his head eith the damaged ear uppermost.
gently bathe or dab the wound with a warm solution of a tblespoonful of salt in a pint of boiled water at least 4 times daily. After bathing the woind gently wipe the exposed surface of both ears with the same solution. If there is any sign of any infection in the wound then get hom back to the vet for some more antibiotics.

13/1/08

stuart stuart

please keep us updated.
Good luck.

13/1/08

lovely lurcher lovely lurcher

Thanks for the advice Stuart. Looks like I need to get down to the hardware shop tomorrow!

How long do you think I should leave the Heath Robinson collar on? (as it shall now be known!)
Don't want to take it off too soon and be back to square one. Our vet originally said 3 days, but that was after the cauterisation, which didn't work!

13/1/08

stuart stuart

Think in terms of a week to 10 days minimum but realy see how it goes.
Heath Robinson!!! whats up with Stuart Easby or doineedavet???

14/1/08

lovely lurcher lovely lurcher

"William Heath Robinson (May 31, 1872 ? September 13, 1944) was an English cartoonist and illustrator, who signed himself W. Heath Robinson. He is best known for drawings of eccentric machines and "Heath Robinson" has entered the language as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contraption."
That's why!
Worry not, if anyone asks why Enzo has a plant pot on his head, I will just say "Stuart Easby"!

I saw someone out on a walk the other day who always seem to meet us when Enzo's been in the wars. He said to me "well you can't have a Ferrari and expect Mondeo reliability".

Made me smile, which is a good thing at the moment :o)

15/1/08

Chicco Chicco

I have a friend who makes his collars out of waste paper baskets. Ones with holes down or plastic mesh type. It does mean that the dog can see more clearly to the sides which is good.

Poor Ollie - walking round the woods with a home-made plastic waste paper basket over his head.

15/1/08

stuart stuart

Thanks !!! doineedavet would be better!

15/1/08

lovely lurcher lovely lurcher

Hello, Not been on here for a while. Just wanted to report that all is fine on the ear front and has been for a while now. It did take a fair few attempts though. He did make it bleed once, just after removing all the contraption, and I couldn't bear putting it all on him again and thought I'd give him a few days off.....no need, cos it didn't bleed again after that and it's all fine now :o)

9/4/08

stuart stuart

Thanks ll for the update.Just goes to prove thewanders of nature. All we need to do is give it a little helping hand now and again.
Sometimes I wish that more folks would let us know the outcomes.
How else do I know if I need to modify the advice given?

10/4/08

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