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Hi, my Westie is prone to ear infections in her left ear.  I flushed her left ear out and everything seemed fine (a little red due to the TrizEDTA) but when I took her out to pee, I saw blood on her ear hair.  I looked and saw fresh blood droplets on her pinna (the curved parts).  Did I wipe it too hard?  I used a cotton ball and gauze to get some brown junk out.  I tried to wipe the blood off but my significant other suggested to leave it alone to not irritate it but there's some blood still on her pinna.  Is this something I should be concerned about and do I need to get the blood off?  Can I still clean her pinna with the TrizEDTA?  Thank you.

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The blood is coming from somewhere, so until you determine where it is coming from, it is hard to tell what to do.  You can pack the ear with a cotton ball as a pressure bandage to see if that will get it to quit.  If there is something like a ruptured eardrum causing the blood, you will not be able to do anything at home.

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Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf

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Dermatology and ear diseases of dogs and cats

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I am the author of "Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide" published by W.B. Saunders. I have over 25 years of clinical experience with a special interest in dermatologic conditions and ear diseases.

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