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Old June 15th, 2008, 10:39 AM
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Unhappy boil on the inside of boxer's ear...

Hi everyone,

Im very new here so please be gentle with me. lol
About 4 days ago, I pulled a small tick off the inside of my dog's ear. China is a boxer (but ears are not cropped) so it was the flappy part.
This morning I noticed a quarter size boil (felt like a little pillow) in the same place. Its not red and doesnt seem to bother her unless I press on it a bit. Im not sure if there's anything (puss) inside or not but Im not sure what to do.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old June 15th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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Did you get the entire tick out? Sometimes it's hard to get all of the mouthparts out and an infection develops. Not sure if a hematoma can result from a tick bite, but I suppose it could also be that--a collection of fluids between the skin and cartilage of the ear.

If it were one of our dogs, we'd probably just watch it for a day or two, maybe put on some antibiotic ointment (though if it's a closed infection, that won't help except to make us feel better ), and if it worsens, take the dog to the vet. Quarter-sized is already pretty big, so take her in as soon as you can if it gets any larger.

Oh, and welcome to the board. We'll need some pictures of your girl as soon as you are able.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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Thank you for you quick reply Hazelrunpack. I checked again and I did get all the parts out. Should I put some black salve (sp?) on it and see if it opens up before I out the antibiotic ointment on it?

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Old June 15th, 2008, 09:20 PM
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I don't know. I've never heard of black salve before!

My main concern with opening an infected lesion up would be that it might spread either into adjacent tissues or into the follicles.

Does it seem to be any better tonight? You might want to take a ruler and get a measurement on it--if it's changing slowly, it might be easier to tell what it's doing if you have a base measurement for it.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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In my experience with ticks, the site from which a tick gets removed can stay quite irritated for some time. I removed a tick from our dog's chest last summer and there was a hard red lump that remained for a few months. Also, I pulled a tick off my partner's leg last summer too, and she still has a spot there that continues to get scabby and red on and off, and her doctor said that's pretty normal for a tick bite. Keep it clean and maybe put some hydrogen peroxide on it, and make sure it's not infected, but I wouldn't worry too much.
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