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    05-24-2013, 08:06 PM
Ear issues/sores

I was planning on riding my mare today and noticed that her ear was swollen, hot to the touch, and very tender. She wouldn't let me get too close to it, but I did see/feel dried blood before she jerked away.

After returning from the vets office with a shot of Ace, she finally relaxed enough for me to clip her ears and take a good, long look...

She has long, open sores on the inside of her ear... I cleaned the wounds, peroxided them out with the help of soaked cotton-balls and applied some liquid wound-care medication...

Short of attempting to do the same tomorrow (the vets office will be closed when I get off work, so I'll be trying to doctor her without any Ace in her system), is there anything else I should do? I did find one tick in the ear, but there's no way one tick has done all that damage,
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    05-24-2013, 08:15 PM
Green Broke
My guess is (and just a guess as I've never dealt with this), that she has an infection, and she's also rubbing the ear on something for relief, hence the open sores....it sounds like you're taking immediate care, and keep it up until you can get the vet out. The tick you found is definitely a red flag. Best of luck :)
    05-24-2013, 08:16 PM
What did the vet say about her ears?

They just give out acepromazine?
    05-24-2013, 08:30 PM
The vet just gave me enough Ace for today, as they don't sell more than one shot of Ace at a time.

I spoke to him and explained the situation the best I could from what little I was able to look before she flipped her lid on me, and he didn't seem concerned at all. Told me to just doctor it with my medications and peroxide.

I'll probably go to TSC tomorrow after work and get some penicillin and put her on daily penicillin shots for the next five days or so while also doctoring it, and if it doesn't get better, I'll have the vet out. I've also got some sponge-on stuff to keep flies and such out of her ears, but I didn't put any on her ears today, because I'm not sure if it would burn or hurt her worse with the open wounds.
    05-25-2013, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Britt    
I did find one tick in the ear, but there's no way one tick has done all that damage,
Well, yes there is a way one tick would do all that damage. They drive horses crazy, some much crazier than others, and that leads to rubbing rubbing rubbing against anything to make the itch go away.

Keep cleaning the ear twice a day. If you don't have Vetericyn, buy some Witch Hazel at WalMart. Dampen up a piece of paper towel and gently clean her ears (both of them, whether they need it or not).

While you're at WalMart buy Equate's brand of hemmerhoid ointment, not the cream.

After you're done cleaning with the Witch hazel or Vetericyn smooth a little of the ointment inside the ear, hopefully finding the spot where the tick bit her.

It should show some significant healing by the time the vet is back in office after the holiday. If not, then I would call him and just ask him flat out for a $75/8 oz bottle of Dermalog because that's all he's going to put in her ear anyway, after you pay a service call.

Nothing heals sores up than a cotton stick tip's worth of Dermalog. One bottle lasts me 2 - 3 years and I have four horses
    05-25-2013, 04:36 PM
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind!

Just got home from work and checked her ear. The swelling is already going down and it's not as painful for me to touch and there's no heat/fever in it! She still doesnt want me to handle the ear, but she's not flipping out when I do ask for a looksie.
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