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can I drain an ear hematoma at home with the proper tools an

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can I drain an ear hematoma at home with the proper tools an give oral antibiotics?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.

Hello-

What type of pet do you have that has an aural hematoma?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
shepherd shar pei mix
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
shepherd shar pei mix
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.

Thank you for the additional information. The answer to your question is yes, you could drain it at home; however, you need to know that it will continue to refill. If left alone, eventually, the body will reabsorb the fluid, but it will cause a deformity in the ear - sometimes called a cauliflower ear. If you want the ear to look 'normal' or close to normal', having it surgically treated is the best answer. Below is a link to info on aural hematomas.

 

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/aural_hematoma.html

 

Please let me know if I can help further.