Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aural Hematoma or Ear Hematoma: POTP for Whitey

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.

15 comments:

  1. Poor Whitey, hope his ear is better soon.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  2. That is not good. We hope Whitey gets better soon and there are no further complications. paws are crossed. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. I hope Whitey gets better quickly. Have you ever heard of a product called citronella spray? Its available on amazon and dogs dislike the smell. By spraying it in the direction of a dog fight you can break it up. I keep a can on hand for emergenecies. Years ago when we had some fights I also kept a journal of all incidents so I could find hte patterns. With the spray, managmenet, and training we have (knock on wood) been fight free

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  4. That's not good. Hopefully Whitey's ear will heal without surgery.

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  5. Keeping all our paws crossed for a quick recovery and fast healing.

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  6. Poor Whitey. We are purring and praying for the aural hematoma to heal up nicely, without the need for surgery.

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  7. Oh, we sure hope it heals fast and no surgery is needed!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  8. Oh we're crossing our paws that no surgery is needed!!!

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  9. Sending our strongest White Dog healing energies to Whitey and hoping for a total and complete recovery that does not require surgery.

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  10. Poor Whitey, we hope your ear gets better real soon.. The cone of shame..Yikes! xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  11. Poor Whitey. Hope he heals without surgery! Thank you for your comment about Phe. We miss her so much:( Have a great week!

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  12. Poor Whitney, I hope you're feeling better soon.

    Sheba.

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