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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2015, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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max has a hole threw the tip of his ear

Max was standing in front of the tv and I noticed light coming threw his ear. Upon closer inspection he has a hole about a 1/4 inch round threw his ear. I cleaned the dried blood disinfected it and put some ointment from our 1st aid kit! Not sure how it happened not sure if it's worth a vet visit or not it doesn't seem to bother him what so ever!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2015, 11:13 PM
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Wow, that must have been a surprise. Do you think it could have been caught on something? I don't know how ears are treated or if they would stitch it up...but of course watch for pain and/or infection. Poor guy! Sorry I can't be more help.
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Did it look "fresh"? Not sure where you live, could it be a parasite? Is there surrounding tissue damage? Is the ear warm, is the area red or pink? Did he get shot with a small bb or hand gun?

These are the things your vet will look for. I had a cat that had a seemingly old tail tip injury - took him to the vet anyway, good thing because with cats a tail injury, internal infection tends to travel right up the spinal column.

For the same reason, I am very careful about a head area injury to dogs. If it is something that can travel (unseen and inside) - it's very close to mission control and some very vital organs used for seeing and smelling.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-15-2015, 09:36 AM
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I'd probably visit the vet for an inspection. Don't let Max scratch or rub his ear or he may rupture one of the small blood vessels there and give himself an internal bleed. That results in a permanently swollen and deformed ear if untreated. He is lucky the hole didn't cause that right away.

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