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Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Ari_RR » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:28 pm

Need help on behalf of a friend, with a young male ridgeback.
When he is under stress - BOTH his ears begin to bleed. Not just one - both, simmetrically. At the tips, as in the pictures, and also at the base.
For example - at the vet, or at the groomer, both of whom he finds stressful.

Another example - during the walk.
The friend has another dog. Joint walks together are stressful for the boy with bleeding ears, so when she takes them both out - his ears bleed. When she takes just him out, leaving the other dog at home - no bleeding.

Clearly, first thing is to eliminate the stressors. She will do that. But is there anything else that should be looked into? This seems to be a rather extreme reaction to stress..

Very sorry for the size of the images, on mobile this week and can't resize. Thanks for any comments.

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Lotsaquestions » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:21 pm

Ouch, poor doggy.

I know dogs can have nose bleeds if they are really, really stressed as their blood pressure elevates too high. Never heard of ears. What have the vets said?

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Ari_RR » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:31 pm

Vet said possibly vasculitus, but can stress (perhaps elevated heart rate?) have an impact?

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Perdita » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:30 pm

Wow that looks sore,poor fella, it's my understanding that vasculitis is an auto immune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. I also believe that diet can play a part too, the same as in rheumatoid and other inflammatory diseases But, I'm no expert so maybe she could keep a diary of his symptoms and times they occur ?

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Erica » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:59 pm

Is he shaking his head when this happens or does it happen spontaneously?
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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Ari_RR » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:39 pm

He shakes his head and the blood splatters everywhere

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by ZaraD » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:46 am

Here's an article https://www.willows.uk.net/specialist-s ... vasculitis explains a bit more, I had a client who's dog at thing but in her nose, they found out she one of her organs weren't working properly once that was treated the bleeding stopped.

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by ZaraD » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:49 am

Hers another article http://dogtime.com/dog-health/56997-cut ... s-symptoms

I can't find anything on stress being a cause.

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Nettle » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:58 am

Thank you for those links, ZaraD. I had never come across this.

AriRR, I hope your friend finds suitable help.
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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by ZaraD » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:22 am

Your welcome Nettle and I hope they come in handy for your friend AriRR the dog who I knew had it was a GSD.

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Ari_RR » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:34 am

Thanks!

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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Erica » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:51 am

If the head shaking causes the bleeding from the force of the ears being whipped around, a snug snood may help. It will keep the ear tips from having so much force put on them. It may not be forever; giving the ears a chance to heal and scar up could help them be more resilient in the future. But the snood could give them that chance :) And hey, maybe the owners will find one they like the looks of and just add it to their pup's permanent wardrobe!
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Re: Bleeding ears when stressed

Post by Nettle » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:11 am

pro tem, a sock with the toe cut off does this job.
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