Features September 2014 Issue

Treatment for Your Dog's Ear Hematomas

This is a close-up of an aural (ear) hematoma. The ear flap has been clipped and readied for surgery, to drain the swelling and prevent the fluid from the broken blood vessels in the ear flap from accumulating like this again.

Treatment for Your Dog's Ear Hematomas

Ear hematomas are common, and tricky to cure. There are a variety of treatment options including choosing no option at all.

The purplish, sausage-like lump turned out to be an aural hematoma. An accumulation of blood in the ear flap resulting from a broken blood vessel, hematomas are common in drop-eared breeds like mine, though they occur in dogs of all ear types. They are believed to be caused by trauma to the relatively thin tissue of the ear flap, or pinna, often as a result of head-shaking.

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