A dog ear hematoma or aural hematoma is a broken blood vessel. Since I self treated 3 of my dogs I will share both homeopathic and herbal remedies and how to keep them from reoccurring.
First let me say I know how you're feeling right now. Worried and
hurting for your dog. Maybe you're questioning the surgery or maybe
you're trying to find an alternative. I'll do my best to help because I
understand that feeling of helplessness and it stinks.
originally wrote this page in 2010. Since I'm a constant student for
anything to do with dog health, I have added a bit more information on
dog ear hematoma since then. And while I mentioned in the video above
that fleas seem to be the main culprit, it can happen easily with no apparent reason at all.
In a two year period, four of my five dogs went through it and I believed the scratching and head shaking from fleas was the culprit, since none of them had an ear infection.
Note: A wonderful reader dropped me a line to let me know her dog did not have fleas when she went through this but she did suffer from chronic dog ear yeast infections. I love my readers because I hadn't even thought of that. Click on the link to deal with yeasty ears naturally.
This girl had one sneaky dog ear hematoma. Helen always held her ears back so I didn't notice hers until a third of her ear flap looked like a mini-balloon.
I tried to drain it myself. Don't do it.
Next step. Plan B.
Homeopathy. I tried a few remedies with no visible effect. In the meantime, Helen's entire ear flap filled with blood and looked as if it would explode any minute. After three weeks, I hit the jackpot.
Within a few hours of giving her Sulphur 30X her ear went down very quickly, but much damage had been done. (Total time from beginning to healing approximately 5 weeks.) That's when I noticed...
I gave Bonz the same remedy I'd given Helen. (3 pellets twice a day.) I caught his almost immediately and it was gone in a few days. (Total time from beginning to healing 1 week.) I thought I was on to something. Notice just the tip of the right ear was affected permanently. I think it's kind of cute and goes with his soulful eyes.
The ear on my ex's dog Moo swelled up but I was out of the homeopathic remedy. Not that it mattered. The man rushed his boy to the vet and had surgery done.
Looking back on it I'm glad he did because I had something to compare. First he had to be sedated. (I mean Moo but we all would have been better off if my ex had been sedated right along with his dog.) Not only does this disorient a dog but the drugs have to be cleansed out of the system making the organs work harder to purge them. The vet also put him on antibiotics to avoid infection and those mess up the good bacteria in the gut which affect digestion and overall health. It was easy to tell by his flatulence.
As you can see Moo's ears looked nearly perfect after the surgery but it took nearly two months to heal; he had as much pain and discomfort as the others and I know it affected his long term health as well.
Notice the before and after and how the affected ear ended up with a permanent crease.
Nearly two years later, my Lily had a rather large left ear. The swelling was over 2" long. (Sorry her ear picture is blurry.) The day before a holiday, I couldn't get to the healthy food store for Sulphur 30X.
was a week before I could get the Sulphur. As it turned out, the remedy
did not work for her. At the time I thought it was because I didn't catch it
soon enough or another remedy was needed. I am not trained in
homeopathy, but I keep 24 remedy kit on hand (minus the sulphur I'd used
up.) To learn the basics of homeopathy for your dog here's a course by a vet.
For me, it was two out of three so I decided to share. Since then, with the feedback I've gotten from this page through email and facebook commenting it seems the sooner the remedy is given, the better the chances of it helping.
If you keep homeopathic remedies on hand or live near a place to buy them it's certainly worth trying.
It seems what may be most important is treating the original cause so let's go over that now.
We know a blood vessel breaks inside the ear. The more it bleeds, the bigger the ear gets. But why does it break in the first place?
If you choose to forego surgery, consider these two steps:
Step One: Treat for yeast, parasites and infection all at once naturally so there are no side effects. Especially since sometimes it is the antibiotic side effects that get them into this pickle in the first place.
Step Two: Reduce the pain and promote healing
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P.S. I think Lulu was jealous she didn't have a picture on this page and she'd like to show off now that she's 8-years-old and has never had an aural hematoma. By the way, I did NOT dress her up. That was my daughter's handiwork.
2016 note: I understand your frustration. I truly do. In fact, last year I practically bragged that Lulu never got an aural hematoma but now I'm back. Yup, at 9-years-old my girl got one. No fleas, no infections of any type. I never even saw her shake her head.
Always willing to try something new, I limited the movement of her ear. She didn't mind at all and it made me much more comfortable knowing that ear wouldn't be flapping around. Here she is.