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Old 03-23-2010, 09:06 PM   #21
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I'm coming into this late but I wanted to say that I hope Lincoln has a speedy recovery and that the hematoma doesn't come back.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:26 PM   #22
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Well the vet said it wont occur in that same spot because of how it will heal and how it is stitched. I think he got it when my neighbours collie put link in his place. He may of grabbed the ear the wrong way. Im praying it wont occur in another spot because I cant do another surgery.

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Coming in late too - but just to reassure you that Shabba (our doggy who had the aural haemotoma) has been fine since the surgery.

After the initial drain it kept swelling again but since the surgery there is no sign of it returning.

Hers was the size of a plum, it was much bigger than Lincoln's looks and bright purple and very very sore - so you got it in good time.
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:15 PM   #24
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Has Shabba developed anymore after that one was operated on? Its making me nervous because I have lots of people telling me it will for sure happen again in a different spot. Its I think from him always itching. I may keep him on a low dose of prednisone as the vet recommended to keep him from itching.

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Shabba hasn't developed anymore as yet, the vet told us it's nothing to worry about - it's just a little uncomfortable for them when it develops.

If I were in your situation, I wouldn't want to keep my dog on steroids purely in case of one of these things pops up again.

The vet said that it can be caused simply by pressure building when they shake their heads etc, so i'm not sure that steroids would be effective in all cases anyway.

If you're worried about him itching, how about putting a sausage collar on him for now?
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sausage collar? When I read that only one thing came to mind LOL

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Aw. Bless your heart. I understand. it is so hard to turn them over to someone. Like any doctor, he should understand patient fears. But some do get all bent out of shape if they think they're being judged. You had every right to full disclosure so just ignore his bluster.

Link looks good - if unhappy about the collar. I gave up on putting one on Ming (knee surgery). He got around it no matter what I did. Bayta would shake her head just as hard and bat her ears on the plastic. So as long as he's not scratching it...

I see what appear to be two tight lines of sutures thoroughly encircling the edges of the incision. that is promising for preventing redevelopment. In Bay's case, the sutures were not solid like that. They were rather sparse and allowed for plenty of flow to other parts of the ear. And, of course, it was her entire ear flap so we started out with a much worse case. Looks like he was very thorough.

Steroids get a bad rap. Yeah, they have their problems but they can do amazing things for humans and animals and when administered in a reasonable fashion (as low dose as possible, as short a duration as possible) I believe they are very useful drugs. Saved my sister's life.
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For the price I paid he better of done a thorough job and the stitches should of been dipped in gold LOL. It appears to be healing well so far.

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