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    Default Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    We had quite the trip to the vet this morning.

    I noticed the outside flap of Linus' ear had grown swollen, as if there was a pocket of fluid inside of his ear. It seemed to be painful for him and it looked inflamed so I made a vet appointment for this morning.

    It turns out Linus had a ear hematoma - so a pocket in the flap of his ear filled with fluid, usually blood. I guess it's a common condition, brought on by rubbing and itching of the ears. In any case, the vet drained it, getting 5 mL of fluid from it and inject some steroid (Vetalog) in the pocket to help it heal up.

    Linus seems much happier now but this is the first I've seen of this condition. Does anyone else have any experience with ear hematoma? We were told to keep the ear clear and no itching and it should clear up but it can sometimes be recurrent. If it keeps coming back, it could require surgery so I'm hoping for the best.

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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    It's been years but I remember we had a St. Bernard when I was growing up who's ears would get like that. Hopefully Linus won't have to have surgery? What type of surgery on the ear would they do if so? Just curious.
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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Poor Linus, so glad you found out what it was - I dont know anything on the subject, but wanted to let you know I'm happy he is okay.
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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Aww..poor Linus Im so glad he's ok now and it was treated so quickly

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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    My Mom had a Spaniel Beagle mix that ended up having the surgery. She had to wear a cone so her ear would heal. Poor Linus, I hope his ear heals up so he doesn't need the surgery!

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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Quote Originally Posted by sheshistory View Post
    We had quite the trip to the vet this morning.

    I noticed the outside flap of Linus' ear had grown swollen, as if there was a pocket of fluid inside of his ear. It seemed to be painful for him and it looked inflamed so I made a vet appointment for this morning.

    It turns out Linus had a ear hematoma - so a pocket in the flap of his ear filled with fluid, usually blood. I guess it's a common condition, brought on by rubbing and itching of the ears. In any case, the vet drained it, getting 5 mL of fluid from it and inject some steroid (Vetalog) in the pocket to help it heal up.

    Linus seems much happier now but this is the first I've seen of this condition. Does anyone else have any experience with ear hematoma? We were told to keep the ear clear and no itching and it should clear up but it can sometimes be recurrent. If it keeps coming back, it could require surgery so I'm hoping for the best.
    poor little guy Feel better Linus

    They can also get it from their ears blowing around if they stick their heads out the car window.

    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    It's been years but I remember we had a St. Bernard when I was growing up who's ears would get like that. Hopefully Linus won't have to have surgery? What type of surgery on the ear would they do if so? Just curious.
    The surgery usually involves draining the fluid and either stitching or stapling the ear to it keeps its shape.


    Roxy had this a few years ago but wasn't a candidate for the surgery because of a heart murmur. I wasn't about to risk her life for what would basically be a cosmetic surgery. She now has what is called cauliflower ear. Rox is having a rough couple of days so I'm not going to try to make her sit for a picture, but it shrivels the ear so it looks like this chihuahua's


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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    It's been years but I remember we had a St. Bernard when I was growing up who's ears would get like that. Hopefully Linus won't have to have surgery? What type of surgery on the ear would they do if so? Just curious.
    Yes, @Twice has it right. Basically, if the pocket keeps refilling with fluid, it causes the skin of the ear to divide into two and, to avoid it happening again, the skin needs to be stitched or quilted back together. The vet doesn't think it will come to that since this is the first we've ever seen of this issue in 7 years and that Linus' hematoma was filled with blood, which I guess is preferable to pus or other fluid, which is more apt to come back.

    It seems better already and I do appreciate everyone's concern.

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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Sorry I don't have any experience with this , but I just wanted to say I'm so sorry you and Linus had to go through this, but I'm glad Linus saw the vet, and had his ear treated, and it's on the mend, hopefully it won't reoccur and continue to heal. Hugs and prayers for you and Linus.
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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Never heard of this, keeping fingers crossed that this is a one and done time deal. Vetalog is what our Vet gives Vegas when his allergies are out of control. Works pretty good for him.

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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Yep that was it, califlower ear is exactly what I remember. I saw the picture of Roxy and that's the first thing I thought of then I read that's what you called it too. Our St. Bernard had it bad.
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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    like @JeannieCO, I had a St. Bernard, Kodiak, who had extremely bad allergies and would get ear infections quite frequently. He would get this same condition just from shaking his head trying to relieve the itching in his ears. My vet would drain it and then give him a steroid shot and he would be fine for about 3 months. I could always tell when it was time for another steroid shot because he would start shaking his head and the hair on his back end closest to his tail would start to get thin and brittle. Nothing we could do for his allergies (all environmental) except try to control and alleviate the symptoms. He never had to have the surgery and only had to have his ear drained that one time because I would catch it before it escalated to that point.

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    Default Re: Linus' Marathon Trip to the Vet Part I: Ear Hematoma

    Our first foster, Tinkerbell, got one of these. Vet said it was probably caused by her itching it or rubbing it against something. When they emptied it there was a mixture of blood and pus. It half filled again and had to be drained a second time. After that it healed up perfectly fine!!

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