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Ear Bandage Placement: Canine

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We all know that ear wounds bleed a lot, and bleed often. To keep your hospital (and the client's home) from looking like a crime scene, an ear bandage is a must. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through placing an ear bandage (one that stays put!) on a dog.

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Megan Brashear

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April Yates's picture

What about if you need to apply ear medications? Do you have suggestions on how to bandage with an opening for the ear canal? Is there any concern about moisture build-up in the ear canal with a closed bandage? We have typically done our ear bandages with the opening for the ear, but that is the challange is not having the ear work its way out of the hole.
Thanks!

Megan Brashear's picture

April, to be honest, I have never placed an ear bandage on a dog who also needed ear medications, in my experience they have been placed for injuries to the pinna and not anything concurrent with the ear canal. I think if you needed both you may have to replace the bandage daily so that medications can be applied. That is a great point about moisture build up in the ear canal, these bandages typically only need to stay on for 24-48 hours but it is very important to dry the ear and ear canal as much as possible before applying the bandage, and to check the ear after removing the bandage to make sure there isn't the start of a yeast infection. If it needs to stay on for longer then I can understand the need for air flow, but in my experience we haven't had to do that.

Jennifer Whitten's picture

Love the video, just 1 suggestion...I would also draw the other ear overlapping, so if they make the decision to cut it off...they know to not do it on top. :)