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Unread 03-19-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Exclamation Help! Aural Hematoma!

Alot of you have seen pictures of my Belgian Malinois Moose. You know how much I love my baby. Thats why I refuse to put him through another surgery.

The past few days he has been itching his left ear and shaking his head alot. He is prone to ear infections so I figured this problem he is having was just another infection (I am almost positive it started out as one. Same smell). I treated it and when he got his bath this week, I packed his ears with cotton to prevent water from entering.

This morning the head shaking seemed to occur more often. I was giggling about it and I thought he was just doing it for attention (he's like that. hehe). This evening I had to leave for a bit (an hour) and when I came home, there was this huge lump on his left ear. Its about an inch long and it feels pretty wide.

After an hour & 1/2 of research, I am almost positive that it is an Aural Hematoma. It looks the same, same symptoms and it is NOT sensitive to touch (however he still doesn't want me near it) . Everyone says "surgery! surgery!" but no. Moose has had enough surgery this year. It seems that many vets and people say to leave it and it will heal on its own. Seeing as to how I have never seen this, I need some input. I can't afford $800 to cut my babies ear open. So, we are doing this the natural way. I know I know, he might have a crimpled ear, but oh well. It will bring even more character to his already adorable face.

Has anyone ever dealt with this? Is there a cleaning regimen I need to keep to? Any medicine or vitamins that he should take? And about how long should it take to heal? Any advice would be great appreciated! The sooner the better so I can make sure he is comfortable. Thanks everyone!
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Unread 03-20-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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Over the years I've had to deal with aural hematoma with a couple of my dogs. The vet made an incision and inserted a drain tube which I had to keep open and see that it was draining properly. It was not an overly expensive surgery and took a couple of weeks to go down completely. It was pretty messy, but they healed without a scar!

The last one was an old dog, the swelling was about the size of a half dollar and was on the lower portion of his ear. It was not painful or tender to the touch. My vet suggested that since he was an older dog. we try to let it heal on it's own rather than put him under anesthesia. She told me the ear would be permanently puckered in that area after it healed. It took about a month to go down completely and the ear was puckered a little but not horrible looking. There was no medication or special treatment involved.

If it's not causing him pain, I'd suggest discussing the possibility of letting it heal on it's own with your vet. If it's extremely painful, there's little choice but to relieve the pressure surgically.

Hope it's one of the easier ones!
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Do try warm compressions soaked in salt water. Ledum (Rosemary) and Arnica, Ledum has a specific action on hematomas after traumas. It works deeper than Arnica and will finish what Arnica has started. You'll have to call your local Health Food store or homeopath to see if they have any in supply.

If it doesn't than unfortunately surgery is you only other option.

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These can occur in cats n dogs. I have never encountered such a thing, but a small incision is made to drain the ear as said.
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It is advantageous in most cases to use medical therapy first because there is no need for general anesthesia, there is minimal discomfort to your pet, and the cost is less than surgical correction. Surgical treatment is used in those situations in which the problem is not corrected with medical therapy.
Some hematomas are too large or involved to attempt medical treatment initially. Another reason we might perform surgical correction before attempting medical correction occurs when your pet is being anesthetized for another problem simultaneously, for example, dental disease.
The following section has pictures of an actual hematoma surgery, and includes pictures of blood and ear incisions. If you would like to pass this section up click here.
The first step in the surgical procedure is draining of the fluid in the ear. An incision is made with a scalpel blade and the bloody fluid is drained.
http://www.lbah.com/ear_hematoma.htm

This link shows photos as this can and often does happen again needing more surgery to fix it. Please read it so you understand this can be serious and do not just let it go, can be painful as the ear has alot of blood clots that can and will form.
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Don't worry you guys! I promise I am not being cruel. I know that they can be painful.

I just got off the phone with Dr. Pike - Moose's vet and she told me that the only way they would consider surgery is if it covered his whole ear. Which, it doesn't. This lump is about the size of a quarter, maybe slightly larger. Surgery would be more painful by far than just letting it heal up. Moose has already had major trauma to his ear (in his old home) where they completely busted his ear drum. And his vet of 3 years doesn't want to put him through more than she needs to. He was seriously abused in his old home.

I checked it this morning and luckily, no change! Yay! So we are going to do this the homeopathic way. I thank everyone for the vet quotes and advice. Now I am asking for homeopathic remedies! Just somethings that might keep him more comfortable. Thank you for the replies!
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Mooseluver24, first off, are you sure your dog suffers from repeat ear infections and not mites or maybe a fungal or yeast infection instead? Second, you can make a sorta "snood' for your dog, it is like a sock that goes over the head and ears, this will stop the ears from being flapped against things when your dog is shaking his head. Thirdly, the best homeopathics would be Arnica, which is great for all cases of injury, and bruising as well as being a great antiseptic. also Hamamelis virginica which is great for absorbing hematomas and blood clots, it also helps with the pain. I hope the Moose feels better soon.
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