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luckypenny January 14th, 2008 01:55 PM

Bleeding Ear Tip - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden
 
I just got home from work about an hour ago and all three dogs were sleeping peacefully. I went out in the yard with them for 10 minutes while they did their business. Upon entering, I notice drops of blood all over the floors, Ava shakes her head and now my diningroom looks like a murder scene :eek: . The [I]very[/I] tip of Ava's ear is bleeding. I can't see any cuts or booboos of any sort. It's[I] just[/I] the tip that's bleeding. I've applied pressure for 15 minutes but when I stopped, she shook her head and it started to bleed again. I applied more pressure, she shook, she bled yet again. I called the vet and was told to keep applying pressure and to bring her in if I thought it needed to be bandaged. I tried to bandage it myself but she'll shake which makes it bleed yet once more.

Anybody know what else it is I can do to stop it?

amatazes January 14th, 2008 01:59 PM

when we would cut ourselves heavily when we were little my grandma would put coffee and it always worked.
It has to be a really finely ground coffee, like greek, turkish even a fine espresso will do. I've used them all.
It always works and it's natural.

Ford Girl January 14th, 2008 03:19 PM

Can you use the quick clot stuff that works for nail trimming? Or in my case, we use flour or corn starch? It works to stop the bleeding. :shrug:

breeze January 14th, 2008 03:40 PM

what about a little polysprone.. it worked with Bree for small cuts.. or just plane vasaline.. it usally stopps the bleeding..

what happened to make her bleed???? did she get caught on a low branch??

luckypenny January 14th, 2008 04:35 PM

[QUOTE=breeze;530944]what happened to make her bleed???? did she get caught on a low branch??[/QUOTE]

I have no idea whatsoever. I came in, they were sleeping, she wasn't bleeding at this time, walked into the backyard with them, watched them pee and sniff around (no low lying branches), came back in with them, and noticed blood on the floor dripping from her. She shook her head and :eek: , it went flying everywhere. But I can see absolutely nothing on her ear :shrug:. It was dripping from the very tip.

She's perfectly alright though. Loved to be in my arms as I was applying pressure :angel: . They are all now napping with Daddy so she's not shaking her head anymore, thus no bleeding. I'll keep a careful eye on it.

pitgrrl January 14th, 2008 05:02 PM

Streets had the same problem a couple of years ago, I *think* from diving into a bush, but who knows really.

I basically just ended up making him lay down and stay put until I could get the bleeding to stop, then literally stayed close enough to him for the rest of the night to stop any head shaking/scratching/rubbing and eventually a scab formed. It did take forever to heal though, and the cut was all of 2mm or something.

You could also try Liquid Bandage type stuff :shrug:

rainbow January 14th, 2008 07:11 PM

Hopefull it will stop on it's own after napping with Daddy. :grouphug: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Kia January 14th, 2008 07:20 PM

[QUOTE=luckypenny;530904]I just got home from work about an hour ago and all three dogs were sleeping peacefully. I went out in the yard with them for 10 minutes while they did their business. Upon entering, I notice drops of blood all over the floors, Ava shakes her head and now my diningroom looks like a murder scene :eek: . The [I]very[/I] tip of Ava's ear is bleeding. I can't see any cuts or booboos of any sort. It's[I] just[/I] the tip that's bleeding. I've applied pressure for 15 minutes but when I stopped, she shook her head and it started to bleed again. I applied more pressure, she shook, she bled yet again. I called the vet and was told to keep applying pressure and to bring her in if I thought it needed to be bandaged. I tried to bandage it myself but she'll shake which makes it bleed yet once more.

Anybody know what else it is I can do to stop it?[/QUOTE]

I don't know if this might be the same thing as my cat had, but off and on for about 3 months my cat use to do that, she would shake her head and the blood from the tip of her ear would splatter everywhere, if would dry up for awhile , and then start up again, this went on for about 3 months off and on. So I decided to take her to the vet and she went in for day surgery where they clipped a tiny , tiny little peice shaped like a V , from the tip of her ear, and 1 stitch in it and she has never had a problem with it since. Just thought I would share that with you in case it continues on with ur dog. :thumbs up

luckypenny January 14th, 2008 07:32 PM

So far no more bleeding :fingerscr . I panicked when she shook her head the first time...there always seems to be so much more than there really is when it comes to blood. I freaked and picked up the phone to call.......911? :laughing: I had no idea who I was going to call, silly me. I could hear Hubby in the back of my mind saying, "Get over it, grab a towel" :rolleyes: .

I'll put some Polysporin on it in the morning when I'm sure it won't bleed again. Or maybe I'll just take her in to the vet if it starts up again. I really can't see anything at all. I took a flashlight and Sandman's magnifying glass and can't so much as see a tiniest scratch :shrug: . Really odd.

want4rain January 14th, 2008 07:38 PM

uh..... i have a friend whose husband is working on a new bandage to help blood coagulate faster. :laughing: isnt going to help now but.... :rolleyes:

-ashley

growler~GateKeeper January 14th, 2008 07:43 PM

Has she got anything you can see inside her ear that is causing the shaking?

I've always just either Kwik Stop or flour & water paste for nail clip cuts (which are usually really hard to stop),both work really well, have you tried a flour & water paste?

luckypenny January 14th, 2008 07:58 PM

[QUOTE=growler;531064]Has she got anything you can see inside her ear that is causing the shaking?

I've always just either Kwik Stop or flour & water paste for nail clip cuts (which are usually really hard to stop),both work really well, have you tried a flour & water paste?[/QUOTE]

So far it hasn't bled since she napped with Dad so I haven't tried to put anything on it. I just went to check on her again...she's resting on the Sandman's bed now...and all I can feel/see is a wee bit of dried blood on the tip. Nothing that I could see in or around her ear. She only started shaking her head after the bleeding started so I'm thinking she was able to feel it drip. I have the Kwik Stop out just in case it starts again.

growler~GateKeeper January 14th, 2008 08:12 PM

:fingerscr you won't need to use anything :goodvibes:

hazelrunpack January 14th, 2008 09:18 PM

Some Pack members, who shall remain nameless :rolleyes:, were testing relative status in recent weeks and we ended up with three lacerated ears--one gash, two punctures. There's a product called EMT Gel--it's a sticky gel that dries pretty solid. Works great on patching up ears! :thumbs up It's not that expensive, LP. If her ear starts bleeding again, you might want to order some. It has collagen in it, which promotes healing, and it did a wonderful job at both stopping the bleeding and healing the wounds! :thumbs up

luckypenny January 14th, 2008 09:32 PM

Sounds like something I ought to add to our 1st aid kit. I have to order this gel online?

hazelrunpack January 14th, 2008 09:46 PM

[QUOTE=luckypenny;531158]Sounds like something I ought to add to our 1st aid kit. I have to order this gel online?[/QUOTE]

Call around to some of the pet supply stores in your area--it's been catching on and I've seen it occasionally in stores here, I think. So they may carry it locally there, as well. If not, PM me and I'll send you a link to an online catalog that carries it...

rainbow January 15th, 2008 12:55 AM

Rens Pet Supply sells EMT Gel if you have a store near you or else at their site online. :o

petdr January 25th, 2008 09:42 AM

I have used many techniques over the years. Not all will work, please adapt any method to make it fit your situation.

Styptic pencil or powder, silver nitrate sticks (will sting somewhat), ice pack, hand pressure and a bandage, cautery (high heat, effective but hurts).

My favorite for home situation is to take a sock or panty hose, cut the toe out, and place over head such that the ear is under the wrap. You can then place an absorbent bandage under the head wrap and this will apply pressure to the wound until it either stops or you seek further help at the vet's.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
703-802-0490


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