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My 14 year old maine coon has suddenly had one of his ears

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My 14 year old maine coon has suddenly had one of his ears droop and it feels swollen, almost feels like a bubble..
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the maine's name?
Customer: Toley. He has six toes on each paw.
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Toley?
Customer: He weighs 20 lbs and is very lazy.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 4 months ago.

Hi. My name is***** Thank you for your question. When dog or cat suddenly has a swollen tip of the ear pinna and it feels fluid like, the most suspicious situation is an ear hematoma. They can break a blood vessel in the ear cartilage and it will bleed and form that blood pocket in the ear. With a lot of cats, this happens because they are scratching their ears due to either ear mites or an underlying ear infection. The best thing that can be done is to get him to your vet as soon as you can for them to look at the swelling to confirm this. Then can then attempt to drain it and then treat any underlying ear issues that caused this to happen.

Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 4 months ago.

Here is a very good link on it.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=566