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Q: Aural Hematoma in Dog

February 3, 2012 | By Jillian | 3 answers | Expired: 888 days ago

Jillian

Juno just developed a hematoma on the end flap of her ear...actually, it takes up nearly half her ear in under an hour {about 2 inches long by 1.5 inches across}.

Her appointment to be spayed and have her tumor removed is in 2 weeks {Mon. the 20th}. The vet insisted it be three weeks after her heat cycle. Is it okay to let the hematoma go that long? We're calling the vet in the morning, but can't seem to find an answer on how long is too long.

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Kelly
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Feb 04, 2012

As long as it isn't bothering her it's okay to wait. Some vets let them resolve on their own although it can take several months for all the fluid to reabsorb. That causes a lot of scarring in the ear though. We had Teddy's surgically repaired when he had all his other surgeries. We waited a while to get him in good shape before he had surgery and he was fine. We also had a cat who developed an aural hematoma. After draining it several times over a few weeks they finally surgically glued it back together.

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Kelly
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Feb 04, 2012

Forgot to add that you do need to watch for signs that she's in pain. Aural hematomas are often painful. She shouldn't wait to be seen if she's showing any signs of discomfort or pain. Has she been scratching a lot or shaking her head? Usually something is going on with their ears to cause them to scratch excessively and break the blood vessel, like infection, parasites, or allergies.

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Ches21
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Feb 04, 2012

With any tumor it is good to have it checked out and removed as soon as possible in case it is cancerous I know that Teddy had cancer and a tumor for a long time she was in pain and the longer we waited to take her in the worse the pain got I would take her in to get the tumor taken care of as soon as you can but I do know tommorrow is saturday so you may have to wait until monday alot of vet offices here are closed on weekends such as Shorty's vet but Skitters vet is open on saturdays just not sundays so your best bet if the vet you take her to is closed on weekends is to call an emergency vet good luck I hope Juno is okay I will pray for her!

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