Ear hematoma in dogs is a fluid-filled sac on the inner side of the flap of ear. When the vessels rupture due to something, there is bleeding under the skin – which leads to the development of fluid-filled pockets. It is common to find real hematomas in dogs with floppy ear, although the condition can affect dogs of any breed. Generally, a veterinarian can spot and diagnose this problem quite easily. Know some of the important things about ear hematoma in dogs.
Shaking of head causes ear hematoma
Otitis externa, likely the cause of head-shaking in dogs can result in trauma. Shaking of head can also cause the skin of the external ear cartilage to separate. This can result in a rupture of vessels and the formation of hematoma. But it is possible to find hematomas even in those cases where trauma / ear disease is not actually apparent. Even in extreme cases of pruritus or otitis externa, hematomas could be absent. For instance, even when there is Sarcoptes infestation, there may be no hematoma.
Scratching of ear could occur due to ear hematoma
Dogs suffering from ear hematoma can scratch their ears shake their heads and feel a general sense of discomfort in the ear region. In some cases the inflammation can be very large and the ear canal opening can be blocked as a result. It might be completely or partially swollen with blood blockage. If the condition receives no treatment for long enough, the shape of the ears can change permanently.
Surgical intervention is necessary
Mild cases of a hematoma canbe drained with the help of a needle. However, surgical treatment is usually needed for remedying this condition. General anesthesia is required for this type of operation, where an insertion has to be made in the affected ear, for draining out all the fluid which has built up between the auricular cartilage and the skin.
Prognosis is good enough for the condition
Dogs with this condition generally have good prognosis, as the surgery is comparatively safe. But some risks could be associated to the use of general anesthesia (just as it is the case with any other operative process). With early diagnosis and intervention, a your dog may experience a good outcome. As soon as you witness the signs and symptoms of ear hematoma in your dog, it is important to get in touch with a vet.
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