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Thanks for your question regarding your young Golden Retriever girl who has had red ears for the last few days
the material you are seeing in her ears tonight could be dried blood as a result of her scratching and causing a bleed at some point today
OR this could be an ear mite discharge
Typically - dried blood will turn red on a piece of paper town when you wet it whereas ear mite discharge won't
The ear mite discharge is more of a coffee grounds appearance and more sticky than you would expect dried blood to be
If this was indeed dried blood, it probably means your girl has been getting her back paw up and into the ear to try and relieve an itch. In doing so she could easily have scratched the inside of the ear until the point where it has bled
If you can see any small scratches or wounds in there, you could use a very small amount of neosporin on the area twice daily
If she has been scratching a lot - then it would be a good idea to get her a collar cone to help prevent 'self-trauma' (and further bleeding)
If this was indeed an ear mite discharge then you will need to get an appropriate treatment for your girl
Advocate is ideal for this reason and your Vet should have this at his or her clinic
Ok. I'll check on that; I have a solution that dries out her ears - Propylene Glycol with Aloe Vera Gel - it's an ear cleansing solution that is ph balanced. If it is a cut or an irritation, would that be to harsh to use in her ear? I am wondering if it needs any sort of rinse?
If you can see a cut or wound on the underside of her pinna (ear flap) then the cleaning solution might sting too much
Yes, I'll probably go to the vet either way since I am always wanting to be on the safe side.
If you see a cut there, just clean it gently with a piece of cotton wool soaked in salty water
Yes - it is always better to be safe
If you have an e collar (collar cone) for your girl, then put this on now if you can
Gotcha. I'll see if there is any scratches in there. Thank you.
Let me know how you get on tomorrow if you get a chance
Ok. She keeps shaking her head alot like it is irritating but doesn't scratch it really at all.
Try and get that Advocate tomorrow if you can
Best of luck with your girl and keep in touch
Ok. Thanks for your help.
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Thank Pet Doc! Actually her ear is much better. I got this over the counter antiseptic powder and it healed it right up! Thanks for checking in.