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I wanted to share the issue I’m having with Stanley’s ears, because I believe this may help some of you later on. Sorry will be a bit long, but worth reading I think.

Stanley has been struggling with itchy ears, which our vet said that he couldn’t find anything wrong with them. I have elaborated my initial issue on this thread: Ears - Hair loss


Well, last week the daycare reported that he scratched his ear so hard that it took a chunk of the tip off, making it bleed a lot. They used styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Yesterday, as I was cleaning his ears and applying Zymox before bedtime – he shook his head and the wound came open again… I freaked out.:cry2:
There was blood dripping non-stop on my bed, carpet, and walls (he wouldn’t stop shaking his head).

I used styptic powder to make it stop bleeding, and that works fine. However, this is just a temporary solution, as the wound will probably come open again if he shakes his head/drags the ear on the carpet…
I have applied Neosporin when the wound became dry, and I’m hoping that helps with the healing process.


I found this article online – Caring for Wounded Dog Ears - that teaches you how to use bandage around the dog’s ears (which is what I wanted to do last night, but didn’t have any of the first aid supplies necessary to do so).
I will try to do it tonight and see how that goes. The challenge will be making the bandage stay put.



Here is a pic I took of how my bed looked like last night :(
I should've taken pictures of my walls and carpet too, but I had to rush and clean it before it would stain forever.


 

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Poor Stanley!! I would have freaked too. I wonder what could be causing it that the Vet cant find. What does you gut tell you it is? Do you have any thoughts?
 

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what is he eating ? Bella would scratch her ears too until I switched her to raw feeding.. out vet could find nothing wrong with her ears at all but she has not even tried to scratch or rub her ears since the switch and we had her in to the vet at least four to five times just for her ears...
 

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Ear itching is a sign of allergies. I would try him on some Benedryl 3 times a day. 1mg per 1lb of body weight, if that doesnt help than I would consider food allergies.
 

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Poor Stanley!! I would have freaked too. I wonder what could be causing it that the Vet cant find. What does you gut tell you it is? Do you have any thoughts?

I started out second guessing the vet, because to me it was obvious he had something wrong with his ears.
Now that I have tried Otomax and Zymox, and he continues to scratch, I don't know what to think anymore :(
 

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what is he eating?
The vet also advised us to switch him to a Holistic food *no grain* diet, and I have tried Pinnacle and TOTW, but the diet change didn't improve on the ear scratching problem.

Ear itching is a sign of allergies. I would try him on some Benedryl 3 times a day. 1mg per 1lb of body weight, if that doesnt help than I would consider food allergies.
I will try the Benadryl to see if it helps. If it's indeed allergies (not food related) does he/can he stay on Benadryl for how long?
The food allergy I am not sure what to do anymore, as I have switched him to 3 different dog foods, and nothing seems to help.

The raw diet thing will be my last resource. I'm getting tired of failing in every attempt to get my buddy better...

 

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Ear tips tend to bleed profusely :(

Maggie and Mongo were playing in the yard one day and Maggie must have nipped the tip of Mongo's ear, but we didn't see it happen. When we let them in the house we panicked. Mongo was covered with blood (because he had shaken his head) he had blood all over. We had to firgure out where it was coming from. It was the very tip of his ear.
I kept putting neosporin on it and found that the bandaids used on knuckles stayed on the best. Had to change it about twice a day. Here's a pic of Mongo modelling his bandage:




As far as allergies, high doses of fish oil may be beneficial. See this article:

Fish Oil For Dogs

That, or a raw diet :)

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I would be careful with undiluted ACV if there are open sores. It can sting really bad. ACV is good as a cleanser and to achieve a balanced PH in the ear. Do you think it might be yeast? Does it have an odor?
 

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I would be careful with undiluted ACV if there are open sores. It can sting really bad. ACV is good as a cleanser and to achieve a balanced PH in the ear. Do you think it might be yeast? Does it have an odor?
I don't think it's yeast, as I imagine that would've been caught on the swab tested by the vet?
 

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Last night I put some liquid bandage on his ears, as well as Zymox, then he immediately started shacking his head, and I noticed blood again...
I bought some big band-aids, so I folded one on his ear to retain the blood and protect the area. It stuck pretty good, so he's got that on, which I hope will prevent the scratching/shaking head to open the wound again before it heals.
He looks funny, but oh well.... hope that takes care of it. =/
 

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Geez I wish I could help more its frustrating to me. I cant imagine how frustrating it must be for you and Stanley :(
 
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