Dog Ear Hematoma
Here's my experience with four cases of dog ear hematoma.
A dog ear hematoma or aural hematoma is when the ear fills with blood from shaking it and breaking a blood vessel. It's enough to reduce me to tears.
In the past few years, four of my five dogs have had an ear hematoma. The first three happened at the end of the flea infestation and within weeks of each other.
No doubt the scratching and head shaking from fleas were the culprit. But now in late November of 2010, Miss Lily is looking pitiful.
Cause of Dog Ear Hematoma
A blood vessel breaks inside the ear. The blood then fills the inside space of the ear flap. The more it bleeds, the bigger it gets and the more it hurts.
If you suspect the cause of head shaking to be mites or an infection, you must treat those. You can try my Homemade Ear Medicine on my Dog Ear Cleaning page.
First There Was Helen
Aural hematomas can be sneaky. Maybe its the way my dogs hold their ears, but I didn't notice Helen's until 1/3 of her ear flap looked like a mini-balloon.
With no money for a vet, I wracked my brain for an at home cure. I tried to lance it with a new sterile razor blade to release blood and ease the pain from the pressure.
I got a very small opening which bled a little, then clotted. I'm a weenie. I left the room and cried. I had no idea how much pressure to apply with the blade. It hadn't been enough and I just couldn't do it again. I am not a vet. I am not a doctor, but I wanted to help. 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. Her ear went down quickly, but much damage had been done. (Total time from beginning to healing approximately 5 weeks.) That's when I noticed...
Bonz Was My Second Patient
I gave Bonz the same remedy I'd given Helen only his 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 ear was affected. I think it's kind of cute.
Moo's Ear swelled up but I was out of the homeopathic remedy. I knew the cure but wanted my husband to make the 60 mile trip to buy it for $9.00.
Being partial to Moo and not believing in me 100%, he rushed his beloved dog to a vet. Two hundred dollars later, Moo was stitched up after laser surgery.
I do give my husband credit though, for not giving Moo antibiotics and cortisone. We had them on hand in case they were really needed, but he healed without them. It took longer to heal than Bonz, but as you can see, his ears are perfect. (Total time from beginning to healing approximately 7 weeks.)
Now, nearly two years later, Lily has a rather large left ear. The swelling is over 2" long. (That's her ear at the top right of the page.) The day before a holiday, I'm trying to find somewhere to buy the remedy, and someone to take me. This one family car stuff stinks sometimes. I want to treat her before there is permanent damage to her lovely floppy ear.
There is so much to homeopathy. Symptoms listed on the remedies themselves are a very general guideline. I've had great results so I have promised myself in the next year I will take courses in homeopathy.
Now you have an idea of what to expect if your canine has a dog ear hematoma. Sometimes we cannot do all we would like to do for our dogs. A dog ear hematoma can cause deformation of the ear, but it is not life threatening.
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Note: Since writing this page, many people have contacted me asking me what homeopathic remedy worked for my dogs.
I would like to explain two things. One, I didn't list it originally because I hadn't finished treating Lily. As it turned out, the remedy did not work for her. She had other issues in conjunction with her swollen ear. I am not yet trained in homeopathy and was very curious how many dogs the remedy would work for, so I waited for personal contact.
Many people contacted me. I gave them the name of the remedy and asked each person to let me know their experience with it. Amazingly, not one person took the time to send me a message.
If you would like to try it, the remedy I used for an aural hematoma was Sulphur 30x. Three pellets twice a day. I now have a place right at the bottom of this page for you to write me a note and I hope you will.
In the meantime, please read about homeopathic remedies, so you understand how to use them.
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