Older Pups vs Hematomas
No Flap Ear Wrap is a great alternative for the older pups. They, with age, may be more susceptible to things like hematomas, chronic ear infections, cauliflower ear or a plethora of other ear maladies.
A good Veterinarian will not perform surgery on an elderly pup unless it is life threatening. A hematoma is not life threatening. It is however, painful, annoying, messy and hard to deal with for both the dog and owner. I equate a hematoma to someone making you wear a 1lb. earring for weeks.
The only viable choices have always been surgery, bandaging, and the Elizabethan cone. Both bandaging and the cone are escapable. (with the chance of causing more damage with each escape)
Should you be blessed with a dog that loves having things taped and wrapped to its head, you will never know the endless fun and joy of trying to keep a bandage on them. Nine times out of ten it’s impossible.
The treatment goes as follows: The Vet will either lance and quilt the ear or aspirate it with a syringe.The dog will usually have its ear inverted and taped to the top of his or her head. This is followed by more tape, gauze and more tape to hold the gauze in place. (Did anyone notice how many times the word tape was just used?) Some of this tape sticks to the poor pups’ fur and skin. Now stop and imagine someone folding your ear down and taping all around your head to keep it in place. Imagine how forcing the cartilage to stay painfully folded like that for weeks.
When getting a re-check of the damaged ear, the tape has to be cut and pulled off of the dog. This pulls out a lot of fur and can be very painful. If the bothersome area does not meet the healing standards, the taping process is repeated. This can go on for sometimes weeks. (All the more endless fun and joy for both of you)
The point of all the tape and wrap is to keep the ear immobile. This will stop the blood flow to the ear flap. (causing more bloody swelling)
With our wrap, the pups ear can be left down in a natural position , no tape, easy access and they are not trapped 24/7 in a tight, sticky bandage.