I've had enough with the dog fights! It's not they do it so often. It's just when Puppy decides to defend the scaredy dog Coal, he and Whitey end up in a fight.
Today, however, we ended up bringing Whitey to the vet. Why you may ask? Aural Hematoma or Ear Hematoma. It's like Buchi's Blood Blister but it's on his ear.
|Whitey is grounded! He will be wearing the cone of shame this afternoon.|
What is an aural hematoma?
An aural hematoma or ear hematoma is a type of swelling in the flaps of a dog's ear. The dog's ear is filled with fluids coming from ruptured tiny blood vessels. It's like a blood blister.
Note: Whitey's ear drooped and puffed up like it had air in it and he kept on shaking it. This occurred moments after he fell down, getting toppled by Puppy.
Causes of Aural Hematomas or Ear Hematoma:
1. Scratching caused by itchiness due to allergies, mites, infection, yeast and foreign objects in the ear canal
2. Shaking the head alot
4. Smacking the ears unto something hard like how Whitey landed on his ear on the ground.
If you want to learn more about Ear Hematomas, Mercola's video explains it pretty well.
Treatment of Aural Hematoma
On Whitey's case, his ear was drained of the fluid. It was also bandaged and pressure was applied so that it would stop. Prednisone was given as an anti-inflammatory drug and he is due for the cone of shame. The veterinarian charged us 250php (about $6 - $7) for the procedure.
POTP for Whitey
Although most hematomas usually resolve in time by being absorbed back into the body, there are instances that it may get worse. It can also rapture the skin because of the fluid build up(and the dog shaking his head).
The vet said that if it didn't heal within the next 7 days, Whitey might need surgery. This was really bad because Whitey is about 8 years old. Administering anesthesia on old dogs can pose a health risk.