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Before I start, I'd like to say that I have been to the vet about this, and have talked to them multiple times over the phone also. (And yet, here I am!)

Tayoh has scabs on the tips of his lovely floppies. Normally, it wouldn't be a huge deal, I'd clean it up, put some antibacterial cream on it, and keep a check on it. That isn't the case. It seems that every time that the scabs are starting to look like they're healing up, he scratches his head and ends up re-opening the scabbed over places. I'm not sure what caused the scabs, but because of the way they look, I'm thinking that he may have gotten them while he was playing with the neighbor's great dane (happened one day when I wasn't home and mom was outside with them). 

I've kept them clean. I've put cream on it. I've taped them down with medical tape (which would work if he didn't shake his head). I've even tried putting an e-collar on him (lasted all of 5 minutes before he taught himself how to take it off). 

This is driving me insane! Does anyone know of anyway I can help these places heal short of duct-taping them down (I wouldn't do that, by the way)?

Right now I'm spraying some cleaning type spray on it about 4-5 times a day to keep it clean and help with itching and putting cream on it. 

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I'm wondering if they migh be itchy and that's causing him to mess with them.. What would happen if you tried calamine lotion? Or maybe some hydrocortisone cream? What about Benedryl? I know it's used for bug bites and allergies.. but it also stops itching.. just a thought but please check with your vet first..Poor baby.. You BOTH must be miserable!

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We thought fleas and bugs first. Treated him for fleas and bought insect repellent spray.

I have hydrocortisone cream, but I haven't used it yet because of the antibacterial cream I've been using. I'll try rubbing some of that over his entire ear-tip. 

I don't keep calamine lotion around (someone told me it wasn't good for dogs, just don't really remember). 

I kindof fixed his e-collar. But. He looks like a super-goofy-moose now. He runs into everything with it on, and if it drags on the wall or anything, he freezes like "Mom! What am I gonna break if I move?! I'll just.. inch.. forward.. slowly.. Stuck again." 

I wish there was an easy way to bandage his ears so that it would stay. 

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we had issues with the ridgeback shaking his head alot when his ears bothered him and once he got in the habit it was just non stop for no reason, he ended up with bleeding ears etc. we ended up putting a headband on him, you know like women wear for exercise they are stretchy fabric that is soft; the vet made him one out of a guazy type stretch stuff but we later learned that women's stretch bands worked as well so he would have his ears "tied" to his head to prevent the slapping of the tips together which led to the bleeding.....it was an on again/off again thing for about a year before they healed permanently and he could be without his "granny cap" totally hysterical to see him with no ears and a headband but it worked. You don't want it so tight that he can't swallow but tight enough to stay on.....just a suggestion.....

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I had the exact same problem with Libby when we moved in with a friend for a few months while my house was being worked on. My friend heated with wood stoves, and I think the smoke particles in the air were allergen producing. Nothing I did helped the awful scabs on Lib's ears, and it drove me nuts, too.

When we moved back home, the scabs completely disappeared on their own in a week.

Is there something like that going on? Just a thought.....

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I wondered the same thing too. Tayoh stays outside a lot when the weather is nice, and the only 'new' thing, really, is the straw that is laid down in part of the yard. I didn't really think much of it, because we've had straw off and on for the past year, too. Think that might be the problem?

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It's confusing that's for sure.. I can only imagine how frustrated you must be!! Wish I could come up with another suggestion. clutching at straws now... LOL

hey.. maybe he has an allergie to the stuff..

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Oh. My. God. 
I've found magic in a bottle. 

Vetericyn. 
I started spraying it on Tayoh's ears on Friday.
One ear is almost completely healed. The other is getting there. (I gorrilla taped his e-collar together and tied it to his collar, and retape it every day to make sure it doesn't undo itself)

I went by a local pet supply place, and was talking to the owner about Tayoh's ears, and she grabbed a sample of this stuff and told me to spray it on his ears 4-5 times a day. I'm going to buy a huge bottle as soon as I can. (just to have on hand)

I got curious about it and went to the website, this is what they've posted about how it works.

"Neutrophils are the most abundant type of white blood cells in humans and animals and form an integral part of the immune system. Neutrophils are created on demand by the body to counter single pathogens like a bacteria or virus. Single cell pathogens cannot regulate their oxygen content like mammal cells can. So when these white blood cells surround the pathogen, they generate and release an oxy-chlorine compound. This process is called an “oxidative burst” and kills the pathogen.

 
Vetericyn contains compounds similar to those produced by these white blood cells to destroy the pathogen. But it does not harm other surrounding tissue and actually creates an environment that is most conducive to healing.
 
Vetericyn’s active ingredient utilizes technology to produce a stable, electrolyzed saline solution for the treatment of wounds, hot spots, fungus, rain rot and other dermal irritations and abrasions. In addition to the eradication of infection, our patented technology has also demonstrated the ability to speed healing through the increase of oxygen and blood flow to a wound site as well as by reducing inflammation."
 
If you've never heard of it, you should look it up.
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Glad to hear things are getting better!!!! always good news.....