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Hematoma in Dogs

What is an aural hematoma?

Aural hematoma often refers to a pocket of blood that might become collected between the skin and the cartilage of the ear. This may usually occur when a blood vessel in the dog’s ear ruptures. A hematoma may often develop when a dog shakes its head vigorously and then hitting it against something or when there is an underlying ear infection. Treatment may often include draining the fluid from the ears with the help of a needle and syringe. The dog may also be given medication such as Prednisone in order to prevent the ear from becoming affected again. However, in some cases, the hematoma may recur in spite of the medication. If the condition reoccurs, a minor surgery may be conducted on the ears in order to treat it. When aural hematoma in dogs occur many commonly asked questions may arise regarding the treatments, causes and possible cures. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions regarding hematomas in dogs.

What may happen if an aural hematoma is left untreated in a dog?

An aural hematoma may not be a life threatening condition. Hence, it may not cause any serious danger to the dog’s life if it is not treated. The dog’s body may reabsorb the fluid in the hematoma if it is left untreated. However, this may often cause permanent damage to the dog’s ear. The ear may become scarred and look similar to cauliflower.

What are the different ways to tape a dog’s ears to control hematoma?

In some situations there are two different ways to tape a dog’s ear in order to control a hematoma. Once may be to lay the ear flap on the top of the dog’s head and bandage the entire head. Care should be taken not to tape the head very tightly as it may make it difficult for the dog to breathe. The other option would be to put a cylinder to tube gauze in the ear flap. Once this is done, the ear flap may be bandaged around the tube. Both of these methods may often cause pain as this may place a lot of pressure on the hematoma.

What is the cost of surgery to treat hematoma in dogs?

The cost of surgery to treat hematomas would depend on where the hematoma is. In most cases, the cost may vary between $300 and $500.

What is the procedure of the surgery conducted to drain a hematoma from a dog’s ear?

When a surgery is conducted to drain a hematoma from a dog’s ear, an incision is often made in the ear to allow the blood or fluid drain out. Once the fluid is drained out, the skin and cartilage is sutured together so that it is able to heal. In some situations, the dog may be sent home with an E collar on its head. The stitches on the ear may often be able to be taken out within a couple weeks.

When would be the right time to take a dog to a vet to treat a hematoma?

If one does not want to treat a dog for hematoma immediately after the diagnosis, one may be able to wait and watch the dog’s ear for any progression of the condition. However, an individual may have to take the dog to the vet only if the hematoma grows bigger in size instead of shrinking. The size of the hematoma when it first appeared may often indicate how long it will take for it to shrink. If it was small, it may reduce in just a couple of weeks. However, a larger hematoma may often take a couple months to shrink in size.

Hematoma, though not life threatening, can cause a lot of discomfort to your dog. It can also damage the ear permanently and leave your dog’s ears disfigured. It is important to know how you can treat the condition and prevent it from recurring. Most of the times, it may not be possible to treat the hematoma using antibiotics and your dog may require surgery. Surgery, no matter how small can give rise to many questions about the condition itself and the success of the procedure. You may ask an Expert any question that you may have about hematoma in dogs and its treatment.

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