Help! My dog’s ear is bleedingThere are several reasons why your dog’s ear may be bleeding - some will require urgent vet care while others can be easily managed at home. Sore ears can be very painful, so be careful as even the most gentle dog can turn grumpy in this situation. Read on to learn what to do with a bleeding ear and when to contact your vet.Meet a vet online✓ Included free as part of many pet insurance policies✓ Help, treatment and if you need it, a referral to your local vet✓ Open 24/7, 365 days a year Rating: 4.9 - more than 1600 reviewsRating: 4.9 - more than 1300 reviewsRating: 4.9 - more than 1600 reviews BOOK Possible causes of ear bleedingCuts or scratchesEar flaps have a rich blood supply, so if your dog gets a cut in their skin, the bleeding can be substantial and downright scary. They also tend to shake their heads when this happens, which can make it look much worse. Dogs love exploring outdoors and playing with other dogs, so injuries and bleeding on their ears are quite common, especially in young dogs with floppy ears.What should you do if your dog has cut its ear?Put moderate pressure on the wound for 5-10 minutes, on both sides of the ear, ideally using a clean cloth or gauze pad, but if you’re out on a walk with nothing handy, use your fingersKeeping the pad or cloth in place, flatten the ear flap gently to the dog’s head with the inside up and bandage it for 24 hours, wrapping the bandage all around the head and under the chin - it should sit snugly without being too tight the rule is to be able to fit 2 fingers between your dog's throat and the bandageKeep your dog calm, movement may dislodge the formed clot and restart the bleedingUse a collar to prevent the dog from scratching at it or rubbing in against somethingContact your vet to have the wound checked - very big or deep wounds will need glueing or stitching while the smaller ones may only need cleaning or medication to prevent infectionLumps in the earTumours, warts and other growths in the ear canal often have a good blood supply themselves and can easily bleed when damaged.What should you do?Apply pressure to the bleeding for 5-10 minutes using a clean cotton wool pad or gauzeKeep the lump clean to prevent it becoming infected, use 1:10 diluted Hibiscrub (chlorhexidine) or a saline solution; be careful not to dislodge the clot or scab over the lump or let cleaning fluid trickle down into the ear canalHave your vet examine and sample the lump to work out what it is, then they can then discuss with you the best way to deal with itEar infectionAn ear infection will cause, besides the dark and smelly discharge, swelling and redness of the skin of the ear canal and ear flap. This irritated skin is more fragile, so if your dog scratches vigorously at it, this may cause it to bleed. In such cases the bleedings tend to be more superficial, but diffuse over a larger area. What should you do?If the bleeding is significant, apply pressure to it as described aboveBook a visit with your vet to examine and swab the ear canal, then they can then discuss with you the best way to deal with itWhen to see your vetAny significant wound on ear flapBleeding lump(s) in the ear canal or on the ear flapHot, red, itchy or sore earsRead more related articles here:Why is my dog shaking its head? Causes, diagnosis and treatment of ear problems in dogs.How to clean your dog’s earsHaematoma of the ear in cats and dogsFirst aid for cats and dogsStill worried?Book a video appointment to have a chat with one of our vets.