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Krista Magnifico | 5 months ago
Ear Hematoma In An Older Dog With Allergies. An Aural Hematoma Occurs With Head Shaking…
Treatment Cost (USD): $165.00
Lilly is an older lab with a history of allergies. When her ears flared up (redness and itching), she began to shake her head. This caused the blood vessels in her ear flap to rupture and caused the ear pinna (flap) to swell up. This also made her ears even more uncomfortable and worsened the swelling.
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I cured a large hematoma on my cats ear with the homeopathic remedy Arnica mont 30. I believe I just gave it once a day, maybe twice. It took about a week to ten days to completely resolved but there was improvement right away which was steady until it resolved. The ear flap returned to normal. In this podcast homeopath Joette Calabrese mentions that in classical homeopathy, Arnica Montana is always used for hematomas. Cost $8.00.

https://joettecalabrese.com/podcast1/podcast-73-my-time-with-the-banerjis/

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suzanne martucci | 7 months ago
I Am Helping Someone Who Rescued A Young Female Stray Cat A Few Weeks Ago…

I am helping someone who rescued a young female stray cat a few weeks ago. No microchip. The plan is to get her vetted and adopted. She tested positive for ear mites , & tapeworms. She has had 2 applications of Revolution , 2 weeks apart, per vet instructions. She had an ear hematoma that the vet drained and sutured. The vet gave her virbantel dewormer tablet , and she is now due for her second dose, the info with this product states it is for dogs and puppies only. She didn’t get that 2nd dose, will consult with vet about it – recheck visit tomorrow. My question is about the virbantel tablet, is it safe for use on cats? What are the risks ? She has had other symptoms that we thought were unrelated , now I am wondering if the 1st dose she received at the vet had some side effects. Also she was shaved to check for a spay scar, I attached photo. Looks like there were two incisions. Any thoughts and or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello,
If you are under the care of a veterinarian then please forward these questions to them. It is not possible for us to answer what is it is not safe for your pet as we don’t know anything about their current health status or history. These are obtained during a physical examination with your veterinarian.

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Jen Behler | 8 months ago
My Dog Has A Drain In His Ear For An Aural Hematoma. It Has Been…

My dog has a drain in his ear for an aural hematoma. It has been in for a week and is supposed to be in for 2 more but it appears as though it may be coming out. What happens if it comes out before we get to the vet?

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Krista Magnifico
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Call the vet ASAP and see if they can adjustbit so it doesn’t come out prematurely. I don’t know what kind of drain they used but often I can resecure it in place quickly and easily. Let me know what happens

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Hello!
Thanks for letting me know. If you are worried Dr. Ahrens is working today. She can help. Weather permitting I am there tomorrow. Who put the drain in for you?
And send a photo I might be able to help via that.
Thanks for using Pawbly. And Jvc.

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Stephany Reed | 10 months ago
My 14 Year Old Cat Has Had A Ear Hematoma For A Really Long Time…

My 14 year old cat has had a ear hematoma for a really long time. i was reading online that it will go down on its own but it has not should i take him to the vet?and what is the cost to have the surgery done?

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Good morning. Hematoma can take a very long time to heal. If it seems to bother your cat or make them uncomfortable, then you might want to talk to your vet about surgery options. However, if it isn’t bothersome or painful, I would try to let the body heal on its own. Surgery is stressful. Hope this helps. Best of luck to you and kitty??

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Hello,
A hematoma can only last so long and then the blood starts to calcify and the result (usually by bout 4 weeks) is a thickened deformed ear that cannot be repaired. Of greatest concern to me in these cases is the origin of the hematoma? What caused it? Infection, parasites, trauma, a mass in the ear, allergies, etc? Please speak to your vet about identifying the cause and possible treatment options. The costs vary between medication and extensive surgery, or about $50 to a few hundred. Good Luck

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Jamie Bartram | 11 months ago
Hematoma. My 10 Yr Old. Dog. Just Had Surgery A Week And Half Ago…

Hematoma. My 10 yr old. dog. just had surgery a week and half ago and the base of the ear is filled back up, hot to the touch and painful. Im worried she needs surgery again but I feel like. my vet screwed up and I cant afford another 600 bucks to fix it. If he did the surgery right shouldnt it have a drain spot left open and should he fix this again on his dime. Should I look for a new vet? In 10 yrs my dog has never had problems with her ear. Im so upset to see that its filling back up a week and a half later. Shes miserable 🙁

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Hi there. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. My first thought, is to call the vet and let them know this happened. Get some relief for your dog- antibiotics? Pain meds? Then I would ask their thoughts on whether a drain should have been used, and what the next step would be. You have to trust your vet. If you aren’t happy with the results of your discussion, you should probably seek a second opinion elsewhere. I hope things work out.

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Hello,
In my opinion every aural hematoma will fail IF the underlying cause has not been discovered, addressed and treated. No matter what you do or how much you spend. Please call your vet and ask for relief for your pup. I wish you the best of luck.

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Figure out why she is shaking her head and address that. In my opinion if I think it is allergies I try a steroid, antihistamine or try apoquel. These cases can be frustrating. But a red ear is an inflamed/irritated ear and these cause head shaking which causes hematomas. You have to relieve whatever is causing the irritation. I start there. Not just surgery or ear wraps.

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Tyler King | 1 year ago
Hello, My Cat Has Ear Hematoma Due To The Poor Care It Received From Its…

Hello, my cat has ear hematoma due to the poor care it received from its last owner. I happen to know it was well cared for after that owner by others for a short time, and that it is due to mites, not a reocurrIng issue. However I cannot afford to take my cat into the vet repeatedly to hopefully solve the issue.. Are there any at home treatments I can do to help my furry friend relieve his ear??

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It may resolve on its own? However, since this cat is new to you, I would still go to the vet to have a first checkup and make sure everything is up to date, up to speed and generally in good standing with kitty. Plus it is avoid way to establish the new patient/doctor relationship.

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Lilia She | 2 years ago
Hello, My Cat Has Gone Under Right Ear Hematoma Surgery On Sunday. 15 Stitches And A…

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My cat has gone under right ear Hematoma surgery on Sunday. 15 stitches and a 2-3 cm single cut has been made to drain the blood and prevent the ear from filling up again, plus antibiotic syrop. After two days it got swollen up again, we came for a check in – the vet stuck a metal thing in the cut, popping up the liquids (not blood), without draining them completely (the cat hid in it’s bag and the vet didn’t even try to proceed until full disinfection), sold me a cleaning fluid and send me home telling me I need to clean his ear everyday (how can I, unequipped drain the liquids and disinfect them at home?) , until we get into check in again. What I’m asking is, how professional is it to send a client who paid good money for his pet to be rid of his ear problem by surgery intervention to be sent home to clean the skin around the closed cut of a filled with liquids ear (probably even with an infection) will help the ear to heal? Should I try another vet? Or is it alright for the ear to get swollen after surgery and will cleaning, outside without draining the fluids, help?

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Hello- Sorry about your troubles. My first piece of advice would be that if you aren’t comfortable with your vet/vet office, speak to them about it and voice your concerns. If after that you still don’t feel good about them, then I would find avet that you do trust. Secondly, hematoma take a lot of time to heal or reabsorb. It is not uncommon for them to fill up again. I would call the vet you are currently using today, express your concerns and see if they have anything else to advise you as far as how to go about… Read more »

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Lindsay Miller | 2 years ago
My Cat Has Had A Ear Hematoma For 7 Months .i Have Not Taken Him…

My cat has had a ear hematoma for 7 months .i have not taken him to the vet because i was told it would go down. Will it ever go down? Should i take him to a vet? Thanks.

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Julie Brader
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Hi, if your cat has had a hematoma for 7 months, he needs to see a Vet. Chances of it healing itself after this long are remote. There could be infection present in the ear also. So yes, do take him to your Vet. Hope your cat recovers soon.

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I agree with julie. Your cat needs to see a vet. After this long there is almost no chance that there is still fluid in the ear pinna. I would guess it has all hardened into causing the ear to look shriveled and deformed. Which is not treatable or correctable. I also worry about cancer. Please see your vet.

Julia Morrell
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first, stop vaccinating as the toxins add an increased chance of tumors and supress the immune system.

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Paw Mama | 2 years ago
I Have A Mystery Condition That Causes Cat To Violently Scratch At His Face Constantly…

I have a mystery condition that causes cat to violently scratch at his face constantly. He lives in a cone because once removed he scratches violently. He only scratches at two spots. has been treated for fleas/ticks/mites. Skin was UV light tested. X-rays done when a mass popped up behind his ear. Not ear mites. No infections. Eyes were tested. Awaiting biopsy of a mass (removed)behind his ear & lesion under his tongue. Constant head shaking in that Cone has caused an aural hematoma. Vet is mystified!

A few questions. Can I give my cat metacam and trazodone together ? They were prescribed separate times to treat his destructive scratching at his head and face. We’ve since removed a mass behind his ear and taken biopsy of 3 other lesions. One under his tongue. He has been treated for mites and fleas etc. X-rays and UV testing. He has lived in the cone of shame for about 5 months now. He scratches like mad within seconds of removing it. A bloody mess everytime it heals. It is very localized which makes it hard to be (food)allergies?
He just had surgery to fix the aural hematoma caused by his violent head shaking and cone scratching. (No ear mites either)

So he is in an extreme amount of discomfort. He was given a 2 week injection of antibiotic and sent home with metacam. However. The ear now seems very inflamed. It is stitched down to a piece of surgical ‘plastic’ to keep from refilling I think? He is trying to scratch at it so much. He had caused a severe infection in his back toe from scratching at that cone so intensely. It will need amputation.

It is like taking apart an engine. We are awaiting the biopsy results but until then his poor surgery site seems so uncomfortable.
I’m not sure if I should clean it? His head shaking still causes the ears to tap at the cone edges causing such tenderness the poor guy needs to be so sedated to get rest.
Any advice is great advice! Thanking you in advance.

Symptoms started after he started going outside for the first time, one small wound turned into his face being scratched off. so I got him his first set of shots and an antibiotic injection. Medications tried include: numerous antibiotic injections, metacam, trazodone/tramadol for sedating effects to stop scratching. Cyproheptedine. Advantix/flea tick and mite treatment. His X-rays revealed nothing other than an elongated heart. I had his brother who died suddenly at 15 weeks (heart attack?)

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*** update ~vet visit for biopsy results **^

Hello and Thanks so much for your advice! I saw my vet today for the results. Also because My cat has continued to shake his post surgery ear which split the tip open. Healing post-hematoma has been botched. So they will be removing the ear flap and cauterizing the edges.
As for the biopsies I’ll summarize point form the microscopic interpretations.

Skin: ulcerative dermatitis, pleocellular with eosinophils, low grade to moderate with granulation tissue proliferation with superficial bacteria.

Tongue : ulcerative glossitis, eosinophilic rich with collagenolysis.

Mass from behind bottom of ear: hyperplastic/reactive, draining lymph node.

So basically what he said was its food allergy or an external (who knows what) allergy.
However in the report it noted that these types of allergies usually respond to corticosteroids. He was given about 3 cortisone injections which did nothing.
So at this point we try the vet diet like you recommended.
He will be sent home with prednisone for the recovery of his ear once again.
So basically what we face is should we try the blood test 300$ to narrow allergens down?? Or do we try vet diet first. (I’ve gone into debt with these bills )
The most pressing issue is how to calm the scratching at his cone, head and ear shaking. It is constant. To the point where he doesn’t stop unless we snugly bandage his ear/head. And heavily medicated him. (Trazadone) The pressure helps.
I just want him to be able to get some rest. And not have us constantly bombarding him to clean his wounds. Wrap his head. Clean his cone. Ouff. My poor boy. He’s starting to get real annoyed with all of the fussing over him. However he is actually gaining weight!
I also asked about feline herpetic just in case and he said there are no upper respiratory signs present. And X-rays for the chest and head were all clear.
I pray we find something that works for the itch.

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hello,
thank you for the follow up. I would probably talk to the vet about trying to manage the current infections and itching while minimizing environmental allergens (fleas, household products) and attempting a food trial. I dont usually do the derm allergen trials until everything else fails. Just my opinion. Get your cat comfortable and see if this was just a one time occurrence.. (fingers crossed).

Krista Magnifico
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Hello I am sorry to hear about your cat. I think it sounds like you and you vet have done a very good job with the basic diagnostics. I also think that the most likely place for the answer at this point is the biopsy. Your vet should be the only person to advise you on the medications for your pet. Please call them and ask for assistance today with keeping your cat comfortable and further self-traumatization. Here are a few hints based on the description and photos that I would talk to your vet about; 1. Herpetic dermatitis and… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
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hello again,
I should also add a note about dietary allergy.. it might help to try a prescription diet like z/d.. please also ask your vet about this.

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Bonnie Goldstein | 2 years ago
My Cat Had An Aural Hematoma 14 Days Ago. He Went Right To Vet Where…

My cat had an aural hematoma 14 days ago. He went right to vet where it was lanced & given a shot of depo medrol & prednisolone 15mg to take 2x’s/day for 5 days then once/day for 5 days & once every other day for 7 days. No antibiotics we’re given. Throughout the past 13 days liquid drained from the Lance site. Watery but milky in color. Today it is a pillow ear again. I am frantic that my vet is gonna say the only other alternative is surgery. Is there another alternative​? Why wouldn’t I have also gotten antibiotic to give these past 14 days? Was just left w/a gaping hole, no drain.

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Hello,
The missing piece to this puzzle is “what caused the hematoma to begin with?” If it was an ear infection then antibiotics are indicated. If it wasn’t they probably aren’t going to help. To be completely honest I don’t ever start with medical therapy I start with surgery for exactly this reason. I’d rather treat it once and have it done then put my clients and patients through trying when I am pretty sure the steorid route won’t work anyway.