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My dogs name is Sasha she has a tube on her ear from 2 weeks

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Hi My dogs name is ***** ***** has a tube on her ear from 2 weeks on Friday I should take it off I have forgotten to call and I had a quiet busy weekend ,I would like to know how to take it off by myself
JA: Hi there. The Vet will be able to answer your question, plus any follow-ups you may have. What's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Sasha ,6yrs
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Sasha?
Customer: The tube was implanted at odds hospital pdsa *
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

Is it that she has a drain after a haematoma surgery?

Are there stitches as well?

Could you perhaps send a photo?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
It was implanted only a tube in a ear,I need help to take it off
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Ok, sure.

Was it put in to drain an aural haematoma ?

Is fluid still draining?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Is not draining anymore ,it looks fine
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

If this was placed to drain a haematoma, we usually advise it is removed after 7-10 days if no longer draining.

Leaving it in can pose a risk as an infection can occur.

I cannot see from the photo but there is usually a suture or two holding it in place which need to be removed.

I usually advise my clients come in so I can

1) Ensure the haematoma has fully resolved

2) Check that any ear infection is no longer present by taking a swab

3) Safely remove the tube while the pet is being restrained by a nurse

So, normally this is removed in a vet clinic.

If not possible and you feel confident to do so, you can remove the tube at home. Do confirm with your vet that this is ok.

Use sterile gloves and ensure your pet is being held confidently by someone.

Remove any sutures and then pull the drain through swiftly, holding on to the bit that is outside the skin.

Saline can clean the hole that is left behind, which should heal quickly.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
If I will come to the hospital ,will I have to do an appointment by phone?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Yes exactly, you need to call ahead and get booked in with your local clinic.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I will do it this evening at home ,I’ll wait for my husband and we can do it together ,the boys will start nursery /school it’s a busy week too ,thank you for your answers .So I just pull it quickly after I ensure that there is not liquid anymore .
And using saline water after ?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Correct. And do ensure there are no stitches that haven't been snipped as this could cause pain if we tug and it is still attached.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
There was no stitches , also when we implanted the doctor said I can take it off easily at home
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Oh ok, great.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
thank you very much and have a nice rest of the day
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

And you, stay safe!