Any pet owner that has experienced a bleeding ear knows just how much a pain in the butt they can be. Such was the case with Murray, who gave his owners an eye opening insight into the world of ear injuries.
Murray came in as an emergency exam. He and his owner had been outside hiking in the woods when his owner noticed blood in the snow. By the time they reached our office both of them were covered in blood - all from a tiny, little cut on the end of Murray's left ear pinna. Murray was taken to the treatment room while his owner cleaned up. On examination Dr. Timmer found only the little cut on the very edge of Murray's ear. She cauterized the wound with silver nitrate and wrapped his ear to his head.
The problem with ear cuts such as Murray's is that the ear pinna has GREAT circulation with plenty of little capillaries running through it. Add on top of that a dog shaking their head or bouncing around and it's near impossible for the blood to clot and the wound to stop bleeding. Blood specks get thrown everywhere and these tiny little cuts end up making quite a big mess. The most important thing for Murray as he went home was that his bandage keep his ear covered in place and only gentle activity - nothing that would get his blood pressure elevated (the most difficult restriction for a young active guy like Murray). Once the ear stops bleeding for 48 hours he can return to his normal activity :)
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