How to Stop a Dog's Ear Bleeding

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How to Stop a Dog's Ear Bleeding
How to Stop a Dog's Ear Bleeding

If your dog has ever hurt the tip of his ear, you already know how difficult it can be to stop the bleeding. Even when applying pressure with towels to stop it, right after removing them, the dog feels the sting of bleeding, shakes and starts all over again. Through quick research, you can learn to stop the bleeding and prevent the animal from reopening the wound.


Method 1 of 2: Stopping Dog Ear Bleeding

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Step 1. Stay calm

Ears bleed a lot due to the abundance of veins in the area; in many cases the bleeding is heavy, but don't worry. This probably won't happen to the dog; in addition, these animals "read" and mirror the emotional state of humans, so if you are panicky or nervous, the dog will be like that too. This raises blood pressure, leading to heavier bleeding.

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Step 2. Take the animal to a quiet place

It is important to get the dog away from other sources that might make him nervous, such as other dogs or noisy people. Give him a few snacks and make him sit so I can treat him.

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Step 3. Apply pressure to the wound

With a paper towel, cloth, gauze, or any clean, dry cloth, apply pressure directly to the cut. Maintain firm pressure on the wound for up to five minutes.

  • After two minutes, you can lift the towel/cloth up a little and see if the bleeding has improved.
  • When you reach five minutes of pressure, the bleeding should be much reduced or it will even have stopped.
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Step 4. Apply a coagulant (which can be purchased at pharmacies)

Pour a large amount of powder into the palm of one of your hands and with one finger (it should be clean), apply the product directly over the wound, applying a little pressure. Repeat until bleeding stops completely.

  • If you don't have coagulants, flour, talc or cornstarch will do.
  • Do not apply baking soda or baking powder as they can cause infections in the cut.
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Step 5. Clean the wound site

You can use dilute hydrogen peroxide to remove dried blood from your dog's fur. However, do not use this or anything like it directly on the wound.. The clot may break, causing rebleeding.

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Step 6. Call the veterinarian

Although most small cuts can be treated at home, there are situations where you should allow the veterinarian to treat the dog; if this occurs, continue to apply pressure to the wound while transporting the animal to the clinic. The ear may need stitches or other measures to stop the blood flow and ensure proper healing of the ear. You should see a veterinarian if:

  • The bleeding is heavy
  • The bruise is big or deep
  • Bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes of home treatment
  • The bleeding insists on coming back
  • The wound is more than a simple cut

Method 2 of 2: Preventing the Dog from Reopening the Wound

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Step 1. In a quiet environment, watch the animal

Leave it in a quiet place so it can rest and so you can keep an eye on it. Do not allow him to do activities such as running or playing.

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Step 2. Try to prevent the dog from shaking or scratching his ear

If you shake your head or scratch your head because of the sting of the cut, it may eventually reopen, causing you to bleed again.

Another potential complication of shaking or scratching the head is the formation of an otohematoma, which is a blood clot between the layers of the ear. This happens when a blood vessel under the skin and cartilage breaks, bleeding into the cartilage. The ear will swell a lot, requiring veterinary treatment

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Step 3. Wear an Elizabethan paste for two or three days

To minimize complications, you can place this instrument on the dog for a few days. That way, he won't be able to touch his ear with his paw.

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Step 4. Clean the ear

To minimize your pet's urge to shake its head, clean its ear and ear canal carefully. Remove blood or dirt from the canal or ear.

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Step 5. Bandage your head

Another option is to create a bandage for the animal's head, which helps a lot, especially if the dog does not stop moving its ears. Take a sock that you don't wear anymore and cut the part of your fingers, forming a tube. Fold the ears over the head by placing a piece of gauze over the wound. Carefully slide the sock over your head. The nose and eyes should remain open, with the sock placed just above the eyes.

  • Make sure they are not too loose or too tight. It shouldn't be difficult to put a finger under the sock, either on the head or on the neck.
  • Leave the bandage for a day and remove. Check how the wound looks - if necessary, you can bandage it for another day, as long as it is clean and dry.


  • This process can take 2-3 days to make the bleeding stop completely.
  • When the dog feels bleeding, he tends to shake his head, spattering blood on walls, furniture, and everywhere! Keep it away from expensive furniture until the bleeding has completely stopped.
  • Do not try to tie a towel to the dog's ear. He will try to get it out and the bleeding will come back.

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