Dog Training and Care - Simple Dog Ear Care

One of the most frequent injuries a dog will suffer is an injury to their ears. This is particularly true in dogs that have large floppy ears or dogs that spend the majority of their time outdoors. In fact, it's so common for some dogs that if you happen to own an ear injury prone dog you'll no doubt become quite used to having to care for your dog's ears.

Some of the injuries that may occur will be things like torn ears which can be caused by fighting other animals, getting caught on fences or wire. Your dog may suffer haematoma of the ear, which is nothing more than a haemorrhage that develops below the skin on your dog's ear flap. Finally, once in awhile you'll find that things just simply find their way into your dog's ears like plant seeds, ticks or pretty much anything small enough to get in.

When it comes to torn ears it is first important to remember that your dog will not actually bleed to death from an infliction such as this. If your dog comes to you with a torn or bit ear, care for it by soaking a cotton cloth in some cold water and holding it firmly over the injury and be sure to cover both sides of the ear. This will help stop the bleeding after only a short number of minutes.

If the injury happens to be quite large, anything over a couple of inches, then you may want to consider taking your dog to a vet to have it surgically repaired. Additionally, if you do take your dog to the vet for care you should try your best to secure your dogs head to prevent them from shaking the ear around and causing more damage.

When it comes to haematomas a dog can incur this by simply shaking their head, occasionally a blood vessel may become ruptured which will allow blood to build up under the skin. You'll notice this almost immediately because your dog's ear will begin to swell up as soon as it happens.

Although, it may look like your dog's ear is going to blow up it's important to remember that this is something that is generally not serious and in the hands of a veterinarian can be cared for very easily. Your vet will simply use a surgical procedure to relieve the inflamed area safely.

Finally, if your dog gets something in their ear they will often begin to shake their head vigorously which can also cause a haematoma. You will know because he or she will hold their head sideways, will be whimpering a lot and will be showing obvious signs that they are uncomfortable with something.

In this case it's important to not pour or stick anything into your dog's ear. You will cause more harm than good which could result in a serious injury. As with a haematoma to care for your dog's ear if they get something in it, it is highly advisable to seek the attention of a professional.