If your dog has had an ear injury, you must know how difficult it can be to get your dog’s ear to stop bleeding. Even if you apply pressure to the wound with a towel to slow down blood flow, once you remove the towel, he starts shaking his head because he feels irritated, and then the blood comes out again. Following the instructions in this article can help stop the bleeding and prevent the wound from opening again.
How to stop the bleeding in your ear
1. Stay calm. The ear is rich in capillaries and therefore bleeds easily. In most cases, there is no need to worry about this and it will not be a severe problem. Dogs sense human emotions, and if you are frustrated or alarmed, your dog will feel upset, leading to increased blood pressure and bleeding.
2. Move the dog to a quiet place. You need to move the dog away from other dogs or people. Calm and have him sit or down so you can quickly treat the wound.
3. Apply pressure to the wound. Use a dry, clean paper towel, washcloth, gauze or other clean cloth to apply pressure to the wound and keep it there for no more than five minutes
After two minutes, you can carefully lift the towel or cloth to see if the blood flow slows down.
In most cases, the bleeding stops after 5 minutes of pressure.
4. Apply clotting medication. If you have bought clotting medication at the pharmacy, you can pour the powder on your hand and then use clean fingers to apply the medication to the entire wound
If you don’t have clotting medication, you can use cornstarch, flour, or baby powder instead.
Do not use baking soda or other baking powder, which can lead to wound infection.
5. Clean the injured area. You can use diluted hydrogen peroxide to clean the blood from the wound attachment, but do not use it directly on the wound, as that will affect the clotting effect and cause the wound to bleed again.
6. Consult your veterinarian. Although most wounds with little trauma can be treated at home, some cases need to be treated by a veterinarian. You still need to apply pressure to the wound before going to the vet again. The veterinarian may use stitches or other means to treat the wound. See a veterinarian if there is: heavy bleeding
The wound goes through the ear.
After 30 minutes, the bleeding still has not stopped
Bleeding has resumed
The wound is huge
How to prevent the damage from re-injuring
- 1. Observe in a quiet environment. Move the dog to a calm place where it can rest well and where you can easily observe it simultaneously. Do not allow the dog to participate in strenuous exercises like running or playing.
- 2. Do not allow the dog to shake its head or scratch the wound—[Shaking the head or scratching the damage may cause the wound to open again and cause bleeding.
- 3. Another potential danger is an ear hematoma, a swelling formed by blood pooling between the skin of the ear and the ear cartilage. The ear will swell up like a pillow and must be treated by a veterinarian.3 Use an Elizabethan collar for two to three days. To avoid accidents as much as possible, you should wear an Elizabethan collar on your dog for two to three days. This will prevent the dog from scratching the wound with its hind paws.
- 4. Clean the ears. You can reduce the likelihood of it shaking its head by cleaning its ears. Clean out any blood clots in the ear canal.
- 5. Head bandage. Another available method is to bandage the dog’s head. This will work best if the dog is always stirring its ears. You can use a sock for the bandage. Cut the front of the hose to form a cylinder, attach the ear to the head, cover the wound with gauze, and then place the sock over the head, securing it above the eye while ensuring the muzzle can move freely.
The bandage should fit as snugly as possible but not too tightly. You should be able to easily reach your fingers between the sock and the head or neck.
After a day of bandaging, remove and observe the wound. If needed, you can use the sock for another day as long as it is still clean and dry.
It may take two to three days to determine if the bleeding has completely stopped.
When the dog feels the bleeding, it may shake its head and the blood may splatter on the wall or furniture. Keep him away from expensive furniture in your home until you are sure he is no longer bleeding.
Do not wrap a towel around his ears; he will find a way to get the towel off and cause the bleeding to resume.