Dog Ear Hematoma

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.

I 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.

Helen and the First Aural Hematoma

Helen's right ear disfigurement after aural hematomaHere's Helen once the hematoma was gone. The tip of her ear shriveled and became part of her "look" permanently.

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...

Bonz's Ear Swelled
Dog Ear Hematoma #2

After giving Bonz Sulphur 30X his aural hematoma was gone in 7 daysBonz after his ear hematoma healed in one week causing just a tiny kink.

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.

 Daddy's Boy Gets an Dog Ear Hematoma

My husband's dog Moo long after aural hematoma was treated surgically. Too bad it left scar tissue

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 or more pain and discomfort as the others and I know it affected his long term health as well.

Oh No! Not Another Dog Ear Hematoma!

Snapshot of a nasty aural hematoma on my Lily's left ear.

Notice the before and after and how the affected ear ended up with a permanent crease.

Dog ear hematoma healed by itself with Lily but her left ear has a crease in it

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.

It 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.) 

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.

(Added in 2018) -Additional Remedy: Arnica 30X. While Arnica is fabulous for pain and trauma, it will also help with the bleeding.

Causes of Dog Ear Hematoma

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?

  • Shaking the head repeatedly due to yeast, parasites or infection
  • Scratching overzealously due to yeast, parasites or infection
  • Blunt trauma to the ear (usually by hitting object while shaking the head . Could be anything from the coffee table to a doorway)

Options for Dog Ear Hematoma Treatment

  • Aspirate and drain (by veterinarian) which will only work if the bleeding has stopped.
  • Surgically cut, cauterize, drain and stitch (by veterinarian)
  • Try Sulphur 30X if you can treat soon. Get Arnica 30X for pain relief and bleeding as well. 3 pillets twice a day for each put inside cheek without touching
  • Leave alone

My Lulu

 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:  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 carefully limited the movement of her ear making sure I wasn't wrapping anything too tight. She didn't mind at all and I felt it would help the blood vessel close sooner. Here she is.

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