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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple of questions to see if I can better assess your situation.
Does it look like the ear is filled with fluid?
Is he having any other problems at home?
Thanks for the information. It sounds like he has an ear hematoma. It usually occurs when there is some type of trauma to the ear that causes a vessel in there to leak. If you do nothing about it, it will eventually form scar tissue and go down, but it will look disfigured, like cauliflower ear with a wrestler. That can take a couple weeks, though and will be uncomfortable still. The best way to really get rid of it is to open up the hematoma and suturing the layers back together. If it is just drained, it will just fill back up with fluid, although I have drained and injected some with steroids with some success. There is usually an underlying cause behind the ear hematoma. Ear infections are a common cause, so I would still have your vet evaluate it. Even if you choose not to do surgery, they can either drain and inject it or prescribe oral steroids to help with the inflammation. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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