Nov 24, 2014
1. To operate or not?
Operation is to remove the blood clot. If no operation, the swelling may become larger as the dog keeps rubbing his ear. Ear gets injured. Bacterial infection - smelly and bloody. Flies lay eggs - maggots in large numbers. Painful and smelly. Ear amputation may be needed. The medical costs would be much higher.
It takes several weeks for the swelling to subside and the ear becomes distorted. The dog has to endure weeks of pain.
2. What if I use the e-collar?
The dog will still try to rub the painful heavy ear against the walls or chairs, sofas etc.