My name is Archer Richard Haught. I am a 3 year old Boxer, with big floppy boxer ears. I am a very well educated, very strong, a very handsome fellow.
I had a nasty pinna (Ear Flap) injury when my new forever Guy and Lady rescued me a couple of years ago.
It wasn’t quite a hematoma, but instead it was dead tissue from an old injury, acquired when I was left in a kennel for too long a time by my original step family. I was a nervous dog back then. I tended to shake my head uncontrollably making contact with the metal bars on the sides of my kennel. This opened up a rather large slit on one of my ear flaps.
I was never taken to the veterinarian back in those days. My ear flap was just expected to heal on its own. I know that as a canine, one of the most vascular areas on my body, are my ears. I knew that while roughly shaking my head, this would force large amounts of blood into the veins of my ear flaps and force it out through the weaker injured tissue. My step family however would not listen to me. I was terrified. I thought I might bleed out.
I tried to take care of it myself by scratching it off, shaking it off and rubbing it off all over the floor and furniture. My ear flap injury was very painful and itchy. It was also very leaky. I spread blood spatter in every room, on the walls, the furniture the carpet etc. This got me jailed for longer periods of time. Because my ear flap didn’t heal my step family decided to get rid of me. I was headed to the POUND. (That is another story I will tell in a later blog.)
My forever Guy and Lady tried gently to help heal my injured floppy dog ear. They used styptic powder, cornstarch, spray on band aids, and every home remedy imagined. After trying for a few weeks, they took me to a very gentle veterinarian. While I was getting neutered, (another story for another day) they cauterized my ear flap injury. Had I known that was an option, I could have simply put my injured ear flap on the burner of the stove and saved them some money.
The cauterizing worked for a while. It built up a nice scab and was starting to heal. So we thought.
After my neutering scar healed, I was able to have the Elizabethan Cone (what a horrible uncomfortable time), removed from my neck. It was so good to have access to my ear flaps again. They needed a good long scratching. I unintentionally reopened my ear flap injury.
This was very frustrating to me. Back to the Veterinarian we went. They did a rather invasive ear surgery removing the dead tissue and stitching the healthy tissue together. My stitched incision was about an inch and one half in length. My head was gauzed, taped and put into another Elizabethan Cone.
My whole head itched like crazy and the Elizabethan cone was picking up signals from every active broadcast airwave. This was going to drive me insane.
Within twenty minutes of getting home, with all my might I was able to wriggle my neck and head enough to loosen the mummy wrap on my head, causing it to slip backwards down my neck.
I had freed my damaged ear. I shook my head freely and again threw blood spatter all over the living room carpet, furniture etc. According to Guy and Lady, this was not a good thing. I was transported back to the vet for a re-wrapped head.
This time they doubled the wrapped my head and replaced the Elizabethan Cone. This wrap was more of a challenge to wriggle out of, but by morning being the strong handsome fella that I am, I had conquered it. The bandaging was gathered around my lower neck like an accordion at the base of the Elizabethan Cone, but my ear was free and flapping at will. Back to the vet.
This time they taped my ear flaps to the back of my head and in turn tethered them to my neck with lots of extra sticky tape. Again they wrapped my head. This time if I got out of the bandage, my ear flap would be safe as long as the tape held.
Well the head wrap didn’t hold up to my brute strength, but the taped ears did. So Lady could see the writing on the wall and head wrapping does not come cheap. She created a hat for my head out of Velcro, Fleece and Plastics. I couldn’t get out of it. Lady and Guy could remove it, scratch my head for me at will and strap it back into place. My dog ear surgery healed more quickly than the Vet thought it would. He was very pleased. He suggested that Guy and Lady keep me in the hat until I had built up a strong callus. They did this and I am pleased to say that I have very happy ear flaps now.