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Ear Bleeding in Dogs

If a dog's ear is bleeding, it may be a sign of concern for any pet owner, regardless of whether the bleeding is the result of a minor irritation or a more serious problem. Our Southgate vets discuss the reasons why dogs experience bleeding in their ears, the symptoms that may appear, and the appropriate time to take your dog to the veterinarian.

Dog Ear Bleeding

In the case of a dog, bleeding in the ears can be caused by a variety of different factors. There may be discharge coming from within the dog's ear, tissues that are swollen, or bleeding from the inside of the dog.

Long-eared dogs are more likely to experience pockets of fluid caused by bleeding that originates in the swollen tissues. This condition is frequently the result of previous trauma and is more prevalent in dogs with long ears.

Causes of Bleeding in the Ear

The following is a list of some of the most common reasons why dogs experience bleeding in their outer ears:

  • Trauma: Either self-inflicted or caused by an exterior source.
  • Cancer: Either benign or malignant.
  • Parasitic infestation: Such as ticks, fleas, mites or others.
  • Infections: Bacterial or fungal infections.

There is a possibility that your dog may also experience systemic problems under certain conditions, including the following possibilities:

  • Bleeding caused by ear infections resulting in a systemic concern may result in a perforated eardrum.
  • Your dog scratching and shaking their head which may potentially result in hematomas.

Symptoms Related to Bleeding Ears in Dogs

It is possible that you will also observe the following symptoms if your dog is experiencing bleeding in the ear:

  • Visible blood on the rim or just inside the ear
  • Excessive head shaking or ear scratching
  • Pain in the area
  • Discharge of any color
  • Foul odor
  • Swelling of the ear and ear canal
  • Issues with balance
  • Avoiding opening their mouth

How to Stop Your Dog's Ears From Bleeding

If you find blood in your dog's ear, the first thing you should do is call your veterinarian to make an appointment. There are numerous causes of ear bleeding, some of which are serious. The only way to properly treat your dog is to have a veterinarian diagnose him and prescribe treatment options.

If your dog's ear bleeding is only a small external cut, there are a few steps you can take to stop the bleeding:

Step 1. Make sure you have your dog in a safe and calm area.

Step 2: Grab your dog's first aid kit:

  • Styptic powder (cornstarch or flour will also work)
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Absorbent pads, gauze or cotton balls
  • Bandages

Step 3: Apply the styptic powder to the wound and hold the absorbent pads with firm pressure until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes, you should contact your vet.

Step 4: Apply the antiseptic ointment to the area surrounding the wound but not directly on it otherwise the bleeding may begin again.

If your dog was in a fight with another dog or animal, or if the wound is quite deep, you should contact your primary vet or visit your nearest emergency animal hospital.

How Your Vet Will Treat Your Dog's Bleeding Ears

To establish the problem, your veterinarian will conduct a thorough examination and diagnostics. Once your dog's ailment has been determined, they will recommend a treatment plan. Among the possible treatments are:

  • Topical and/or oral antibiotic medications for treating infections
  • Pain medications
  • Steroidal medications for any inflammation
  • Surgical drainage of hematomas
  • Clean and flushing of the ear canal for build-up or foreign body removal.
  • Treatments specific to certain diseases

Recovery Time For Bleeding Ears in Dogs

When it comes to treating bleeding ears in dogs, if the situation is managed promptly, there is a favorable prognosis and a relatively short recovery time.

If your dog's ear bleeding is the result of a chronic condition, your veterinarian will develop a long-term treatment plan. If chronic ear infections are causing ear bleeding, you should treat them as soon as possible to avoid complications.

When is it an emergency?

While all instances of ear bleeding in dogs should be seen by a vet, certain situations may require emergency veterinary care, such as:

  • Bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes
  • Symptoms of infection or other ongoing or worsening symptoms

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Does your dog have blood in or on their ears? Please contact our vets in Southgate right away to have it treated. Ignoring this issue could lead to serious health complications for your furry friend, so don't hesitate to seek professional help as soon as possible.

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