Got an unhappy dog on my hands

Got an unhappy dog on my hands

I know.  It’s afternoon on a Monday and I have yet to post.  And before you worry that Lupus is terrorizing me, don’t worry.  I’m fine.  The dog, however, not so much.

Last week Mary developed a small aural hematoma on her right ear.  The MacGyver in me found the perfect way to keep her floppy ear from moving when she shook her head, hoping it would heal on its own.

See, I took an old sock, cut the foot off, then cut a small hole to slip her other ear through.  I pulled it up over her nose and lay the hurty ear down against her head — holding it in place with the sock bandage.

Sure, it looks like the dog is wearing tighty-whities on her head.  But it does the trick.

Problem is, last night I let her sleep without her sock bandage.  Big mistake.

This morning the hematoma had tripled in size.  She must have been doing some serious head-shaking last night. I don’t know how else it could have happened.

So now I need to have the vet drain the damn thing.  But in the meantime, I need to make up more of my sock bandages.

As you can see from that picture, the problem with my sock bandage idea is after a day, the old sock becomes too loose and it stops working.  The dog has figured out how to push the loose sock off her ears and down around her neck.  She’s a bit of a MacGyver too.

So this morning I went upstairs and found a bunch of old socks to cut into my MacGyver bandages. This way I can change the sock daily until we see the vet.

Needless to say I have a very cranky, unhappy dog on my hands right now. But you would be cranky too if you had a blood-filled bulge on your ear and your mama was making you wear a damn sock on your head.  I told her the vet thought the sock thing was a good idea, but for some reason, that didn’t make Mary feel any better about it.

Any old how.  Dog maintenance and care took priority this morning.  I’ll try and make up for my lack of posting this afternoon.

The dog is snoozing under my desk and occasionally giving me the sad face.  But other than that I have her squared away.

The worst part of this whole ordeal (for me anyway) was breaking down and sobbing when I called the vet this morning.  I get emotional when the dog is unwell.  Plus I’m a girl; occasional sobbing happens.

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11 thoughts on “Got an unhappy dog on my hands

  • December 16, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    OK, let me try again, guess you don’t allow links.
    Animal husbandry, it’s hard.
    Had a goat, Bevis the Butthead, he developed an abscess on his leg, called vet buddy.
    Gave him enough penicillin to cure a squad of Marines of the clap.
    Didn’t help, called vet buddy again, “Drain it.”.
    Bevis hasn’t been very cooperative ever since I wethered him, look it up.
    Oh ick, like popping a pimple on a whale.
    Try some vet wrap, better than the sock, most pet supply should carry it.
    Good luck with your baby.

    • December 16, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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      An aural hematoma isn’t an infection. What happens is a dog with floppy ears can shake her head so hard the front and back of the ear separate and the space created begins to fill with blood and fluid. Mary had that happen 5 years ago on her left ear. She’s a furious head-shaker. I wish she wouldn’t do that, but it is what it is. I keep her ears cleaned to prevent a build-up of wax or heaven forbid an ear infection just to be certain she doesn’t have a reason to shake her head hard. But she still shakes her head hard nonetheless.

  • December 16, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Definitely sympathizing with your predicament and your pup’s problem. One of our Dalmatians has had that in both ears. After the hematoma heals, the scar tissue makes her ear more drawn up and wrinkly than before. It actually makes her cuter in an odd sort of way.

  • December 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    Well well! There IS a soft side to ya! I would have thought you would go all Jack Bauer and use a couple of Bostich Heavy Duty 5/8’s to pin it on his head! LOL. Not really. Good luck with him. So HE’s the one who gets to be called “a lucky dog” : )

  • December 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    “I get emotional when the dog is unwell. Plus I’m a girl; occasional sobbing happens.”

    So we’re twins in that regard.
    Feel better, both of you.
    Smooshes to MaryB <3 <3 <3

    • December 16, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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      I wondered that. I suppose we’ll find out when we see her vet.

  • December 16, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    Sounds like she needs the Cone of Shame in addition to the sock.

    FWIW, it can be a lot worse. Nothing is worse than a sick kid.

  • December 17, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    I have “put down” 6 dogs. 5 times, the next Sunday at 0500 I went to the park, alone, and dried for 5 min! Grown ;men should not be seen with tears running down their face! 25 ears ago I was running with Magnum and his parents. He was not a well trained as hi dumb owner imagined. He took ou after some wild dogs (we had packs of ’em years ago). His parents heeled on command, he did not and got runner by a hippie (reason 155,695 why I dislike hippies). I carried his body home in tears. The called the church to have my wife and kid come home for his funeral. Wife tells me the folks at the church still talk about husband sobbing on the phone.

    What is worse – for 53 years I have not been able to hear

  • December 17, 2019 at 9:25 am
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    Sorry your pup isn’t happy. My 12.5 yr old mini golden-doodle has been working hard the past few years, growing a massive lipoma (looks exactly like a testicle… a really OLD testicle… herpes-infested) on her chest but I don’t want to put her under at this age to have it removed. 🙁

    So we named it Bob, and he’s part of the family now.

    Hope the sock/vet plan works for you and you don’t have to name Mary’s ear issue.

  • December 19, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    When mine start scratching or do head shaking, besides examining the ear with a flashlight and the deep dive q-tip gunk extraction, I sometimes put a dab of baby ora-gel on any inflammation. If it looks like an itchy area in there, try a dab of preparation-H.

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