If your dog's ears are bleeding, they can result from minor irritations or more serious medical issues. Visiting the vet for an examination is crucial in this situation. In this article, our Stockton vets discuss the causes of bloody ears in dogs and provide guidance on stopping a dog's ear from bleeding.
My Dog's as a Bloody Ear
When a dog's ear bleeds, several different causes may be responsible. These causes include discharge from within the dog's ear, puffy tissues, or internal bleeding.
In cases where bleeding originates in the puffy tissues, it usually results from previous trauma and is more common in long-eared dogs.
Why is my dog experiencing bleeding ears?
Your dog's ears can bleed for various reasons, but some of the most common causes are:
- 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.
Your dog may also experience systemic issues in some instances, including:
- Bleeding caused by ear infections resulting in a systemic concern may result in a perforated eardrum.
- Your dog will likely scratch and shake their head, potentially resulting in hematomas.
What are the symptoms of bleeding ears in dogs?
If your dog experiences ear bleeding, you might also observe these additional symptoms:
- 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 Treat Bleeding Dog Ears
If you observe blood in your dog's ear, immediately call your vet to arrange an appointment. Ear bleeding can result from various causes, some of which may be serious. To ensure your dog receives the appropriate treatment, consult your vet for a diagnosis and recommended treatment options.
For minor external cuts causing your dog's ear to bleed, follow these steps 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
Step 3: Apply the styptic powder to the wound and hold the absorbent pads with firm pressure until the bleeding stops. You should contact your vet if the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes.
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 is in a fight with another dog or animal, or the wound is quite deep, you should contact your primary vet or nearest emergency animal hospital.
How can the vet help treat my dog's bloody ears?
Your vet will perform a complete examination and diagnostics to determine the issue. Once your dog's condition has been diagnosed, they will offer a treatment plan for the concern. Treatment options could include:
- 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
How long will it take for my dog's ears to heal?
Treating bleeding ears in dogs quickly results in a swift recovery and a favorable prognosis. If your dog's condition persists due to an ongoing issue, your vet will establish a long-term treatment plan. To prevent complications, promptly address each chronic ear infection causing the ear bleeding.
When is blood in a dog's ears an emergency?
While a vet should see all instances of ear bleeding in dogs, certain situations may require emergency veterinary care, such as:
- Bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes
- Other signs that your dog may need emergency care include the 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.