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Gunky Ear?

Hello! I'm attaching a close up picture of what I hope isn't a major problem with my puppy's ear. He was cropped three days ago. Stitches are still in of course. I haven't cleaned out his ears or anything because I wasn't instructed to do so and I know his stitches are tender so I don't want to cause him any extra pain (so excuse the dirty ear). My question is, should I be concerned by the little oozy bit towards the base? I was told to look at the incision frequently and watch for swelling, redness, or drainage, and I'm not sure if that classifies as drainage. It's not draining out of the ear, but the other ear is not wet at all in the same area. Did he pull a stitch?

He's been acting normally (playing, eating, causing puppy trouble), but he does tend to lean his head toward that ear moreso than the other and wants to scratch at that side more than the left (the picture is of his right ear if you're facing him).

Should I call the emergency vet number?


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Boy they do look a mess - Most is just dried blood - yet there appears to be some drainage - I would just call the Vet and make him a appointment as soon as possible ! As for mine - I used a product that I get from the Vets office called Virbac = Epi - Otic Advanced = It's a ear cleaner - I apply it to large cotton balls - But for your little guy - Vet call I would say is a must - Better to error on the safe side !

btw - do's his ears smell ?? Once you smell an ear infection - you will always know what it is .
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They do not smell, thankfully. They just smell like his ears usually do. We are taking him in tomorrow morning! It doesn't look as moist today, but we're going to play it safe and have him see the vet. We would've taken him today, but the office is closed on Sundays. :/ We are going to inquire about cleaning his ears and what products they have ... and how to do it safely with the stitches in.

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Mostly, they just look crusty - which is totally normal as scabs form. Is he on antibiotics?
It is hard to tell from pictures on a flat medium, but I don't think that it looks bad. If you want to have the vet look at it, that is fine - but I would not consider it an emergency.

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First off here Fitzmar - I HIGHLY respect your judgements and your posts - That be'n' said - When we first got Ali girl - Her ears looked about the same way - Like you said - looks like most is dried blood - but may have a small amount ( it appears ) as some kind of drainage - which do's happen - But with Ali - her ears did smell and we took her to the Vet - they were indeed infected ( not the incision on her ears ) - Put her on Anti's - And cleared up quick - Don't know if it had anything to do with this - but ever since - she is - or it seems - very prone to ear infections - There may not be a connection - but I have offended wonder if the ear infection as a very little girl has anything to do with todays problems - I do clean her ears every 2 weeks of so - really not much wax build up in them .

I do see that the Little pup is in Texas - Not the weather down there like in PA , MN or IN this time of year - BUT I have seen that it has got cold down South - Our Vet warned us many moons ago that to be careful letting them stay out much when its this cold - as there ears can freeze just like ours - very quickly - We made a home made sock cap for Ali out of a big tube sock : ))) It would then slip over her cone holding up her ears - The first time the Vet seen it he laughed and said - what a idea - I think for the most part - all us Dobie people can get pretty creative to protect our best friends : ))

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I agree with Fitzmar. They look pretty normal. If you think you must put something on them, I would recommend something like Farnam Wonderdust just on the juicy area. It is a good drying agent. I would caution you not to treat them too much. Sometimes messing with them is worse delays the healing more than leaving them alone. Just make sure they have air to them. I would caution you not clean them with anything that contains water. Things like diluted alcohol or hydrogen peroxide are substantially water. Getting water down in the ear canal can cause an ear infection.


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Thanks everybody! We took Zeus to the vet today and everything was ok. They cleaned out the crusted dried blood and they look a lot better. The drainage stuff wasn't present at all today and there was no odor. I asked about cleaning, and we were advised that if we wanted to clean them out just to use a wet cloth with a little bit of peroxide and to put Neosporin on the stitches.

I'm leaning towards more of what people have said here and just leaving them alone. Knowing that most of the gunk that I saw was crusted dried blood and not some sort of skin infection has eased my mind a lot. Stitches are taken out next Monday.

Zeus has a kennel inside which he stays in to sleep. The only time he's outside is to go potty and when we play with him in the yard. He's too young to go out on public excursions so we keep his romping around enclosed in the yard or play with him in the house. So no worries about frozen ears! We are under a winter storm warning here in Texas (which is the equivalent to the end of the world if you look at the store shelves), and school has been cancelled so he'll have me all day to look after him and his ears.
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I wouldn’t use hydrogen peroxide...it does clean out wounds, but it damages the tissues too.

A little warm water to clean them out if you want, but even that isn’t particularly necessary....you run the risk of dislodging the scabs which protect the cut areas. Don’t pick at the scabs either....just let his ears heal on their own.

Keep watching for unusual discharge....and a nasty smell. Absent that, its safe to leave them alone.
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Hoss recently had a surgery and as far as wound care hydrogen peroxide was not an option because all that bubbling action can lift the scabs and cause the wound to bleed. No more than soapy water on a cottonball and very lightly get the big stuff. When it comes to wound care I have been taught "dry is good"....hoping your appointment went well yesterday.
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