The human body can suffer from a number of rather serious conditions but a hematoma is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous if not treated correctly. A hematoma is when blood cells escape or seep out of the blood vessels and it be extremely dangerous. There are a number of instances where a hematoma can occur, a heavy fall can cause one especially as you tend to use a part of your body to cushion the fall and will cause heavy bruising and this dark bluish coloration is a sign of a hematoma. Physical abuse can also lead to the same condition, if you are hit by a blunt instrument or simply a fist, the bruising can be very similar to a fall and a hematoma can occur. There are some ways that you can prevent one occurring even if you do suffer from one of the aforementioned instances. Diet always plays a big factor in your health, eating a healthy and balanced diet can help prevent a hematoma occurring, try to concentrate on foods that will enhance the clotting properties of your blood. Avoid any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin. You can treat hematomas on the body at home unless they are on the brain. If you have one on any other part of the body you can use a cold or hot compress to help to widen and narrow the blood vessels. Pain killers are another good way to alleviate the symptoms of a hematoma as generally the pain will be excruciating.
My beagle has had 2 hematoma, one we did the whole vet thing...(cost about $500) and yep the ear is somewhat wrinkled. Now has one in the other ear. When we brought her home from the vet she was in so much pain, my husband and I sat up with her all nite (crying) and the after care hurt her soooo bad she squealed and cried everytime we had to squeeze her ear to drain it. She wouldn't wear the collar so we tried an ace bandage but she kept scratching and shaking it off. Total time to heal was about 2 months. This time we are waiting it out. She seems like it doesn't hurt, just bothers her becouse it is heavy. I LOVE MY DOG SOOO MUCH>>>THAT UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY I WILL NOT PUT HER THROUGH THE A G O N Y OF THE SURGERY AGAIN!!! She cried and cried.(I will never forget that)
My boston terrier is 12 years old and recently developed hematoma in her ear. We took her to the vet and he told us she had allergy infections in heer ears, have her an allergy shot and some drops for her ears. We scheduled surgery, though we can't afford it at all. We had to schedule it a week and a half out. The dr said that was ok, but the hematoma would get bigger. Well, its been getting smaller everyday and now surgery day its here and its almost gone. I canceled it and have decided to keep an eye in it. Its nit hurting her, or even bothering her, now that her ears are not itching, she its a happy camper. She is old, no sense in putting her though all that unnecessarily. Her ear its crinkled at the top now, but I think its cute. We shall see how it goes. Hopefully she has no more troubles with it and it.
My 14 week old puppy has iton both of her ears now I looked online and found that boiling a pot of water with salt (sea salt)where its really salty then takin a rag soaked with the solution on to her ears for 15 minutes every hour draws the hematoma out.using witch hazel helps with inflamation also.I to tried to find solutions besides surgery cause I'm not made of money,and besides the crumplling of there ears the otherside effects are the closing of the ear canal its self from prolonged infections,they say to clean a dogs ears with mineral oil and a cotton ball 2 times a week,my puppy got it from knockin her head on the floor with my other dog playing he is 3 times her size.so I'm riding this one out and keeping an eye on her
My dog now has a hematoma and I asked an old friend of mine for advice on home treatment (we were both vet techs years ago and saw many surgeries for this problem). She replied that her cat had had two hematomas. One was treated by a vet ($350) and one she left untreated. Both ears wrinkled (no way, even with surgery, that an affected ear will NOT become wrinkled) but like others have said here, so what? I am taking a wait and see attitude. Maybe I will wrap the ear against my her head if it seems to bother her (this could perhaps prevent the hematoma growing), but so far she has not scratched the ear or done much head-shaking.
My lab has had 4 hematomas and we finally removed his ear canals, he is deaf. His allergies were the major problem and it was his ears they effected most. But now he has another hematoma. He doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain and he doesn't scratch at it so rather than put an 11 year old dog thru that process again (we've Had the surgery once and lancing 3 times) I am going to let it heal on it's own, he'll just have a disfigured ear, so what.
My dog just had the surgery last month and it was not $500 but rather $1,500!!! The after care was almost unmanageable as she needed around the clock watching and care. Now a month later the bubble is back. It is very disappointing and I think I will just wait to see if it resolved itself on its own. Perhaps pain medication can be given if I think she is suffering. She does not have an ear infection or anything of the sort and does not shake her head much. I figure it must have occurred more from an injury or banging her head on something rather than the shaking. The collar she had to wear for three weeks bothered her more than the ear ever has!!
There is not an at home treatment for an aural (ear) hematoma. The surgery does not just drain the blood and clotted blood--the skin is tacked down to the cartilage of the ear. The hematoma can be drained using a needle and syringe but most of the time it refills. If nothing is done your dog will be in pain until the ear attempts to scar down. I would ask your veterinarian or shelters in the area to see if there are any places that offer payment plans, or low cost/income based services to get appropriate treatment for your dog.
My dog has one on his ear now and it does not seem to bother him at all. I'm pretty sure he got it from our puppy playing with his ears. I don't have a lot of money nor do I want him to be sedated. I'm going to try to wait it out and see what happens. I'm hopping it will go away on its own. If its not bothering him I don't see why it should bother me. I'm just going to keep a close eye on it and if it gets worse I will take him to have it fixed at a vet that wont sedate him. I hope every ones pets live long and happy lives.
My yellow lab has chronic yeast infection in his ears.We just had surgery on his ear due to the hematoma. A day after stitches were taken out, hematoma came back. I am aspirating it with the help of a friend because I don't have extra cash to pay again. I plan to try the sea salt soak to help shrink it.
Will not keep bandages on. Any suggestions?
Just FYI...you can have your vet lance the ear, which would be cheaper than any surgery. Then you just have to "milk" the ear, which is squeezing it from bottom to top to draw out the fluid.
I wouldnt recommend leaving the hematoma untreated at all though since IT IS very painful for the animal. My german Shepherd is going through this with both of his ears and he was in lots of pain until the vet lanced them to relieve the pressure. The pain is the same when a human gets a big blood blister, they can be tender and painful...
Has anyone ever had a dog with a hematoma in other areas besides ears? Mine has one under her neck right now. She has had one on her chest in the past and the surgery was $500....
Where are you from? I have a vet in Oberlin Ohio named Dr. Cobb and he only charged me 200 for the surgery and didn't charge for the follow up...He's great...Make some calls and maybe some vet's will take pre dated checks or something....or offer some services to help the clinic to help with the bill because I know it's painful for the dog....I use anti itch spray in between infection's to avoid it before it's too late....Good Luck,,,Michelle
KEEP YOUR DOG! I know vet bills can be high...but, do SOMETHING! $500.00 is not that high a bill. Ask your vet if you can make installment payments. Explain your financial situation to the vet. You might be surprised. The vet might let you clean cages in the kennel in exchange for the bill. Please keep your beloved friend...You'll find a way. Blessings....julie