I have a 12 yr. old goldendoodle that had a "puffy ear flap" - come to find it was a hematoma and day by day was growing. I could not imagine putting the old girl through surgery so I found out about Arnica Oil online. I bought it at a local health food store in a gel tube and applied it to her ear 3 days ago - it is almost completely gone and looks no different than the other ear. Why would someone put their dog through surgery when a $12 tube of Arnica Gel can heal it.
East Anglia, Uk
I have had 7 golden retrievers since 1972, including my current two. Four of my previous goldens had ear hematomas. A couple more than once. I have always had surgery done on them. Ears lanced, etc.
A couple weeks ago, one of my goldens got a hematoma on his left ear flap. I checked the internet and found Dr. Paws on YouTube. He made sense to me. I agreed with him. To put a dog through the surgery and recovery is terrible. Then I found a site where a comment mentioned success using Arnica oil. I figured I would try it. I bought a bottle online at Swanson's. I applied some to my golden's ear flap with some skepticism.
Three days later I noticed that the hematoma had shrunk. Really. Now a week later, the ear flap is almost flat with no cauliflowering. The flap is almost normal. It certainly seems that the Arnica oil worked. I will definitely use it again if needed.
Port St Lucie Florida
Ca, Valley Springs
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arnica oil is amazing. Our baby is almost 13 years old. He got a hematoma in his ear. We took him to the vet, she drained it, a month later it came back, bigger than ever. My husband put the arnica oil on it. Within one week the blood has diminished and so far no cauliflouring. We use the Arnica at least once a day and keep his ears clean. No vet and no pain for my baby....yay
Los Angeles, Ca
Fort Worth, Tx
Hi EC....I need you guys opinion urgently on a problem I have with my dog....it seems like out of nowhere, his one ear suddenly started swelling to the size of a quarter. I rushed him to the vet thinking the worst of course and he was diagnosed with hemathoma (not sure if I spelt it correctly)anyways, what it is is a ruptured blood vessel in the inner ear that is caused by some type of trauma to the ear. He recommended surgery asap but I told him I need to think about it because of the cost but most importantly I am worried about my dog....he is my best friend....any response would be greatly appreciated...thank you guys...
Hope, Bc. Canada
I am at the emergency Vet with my dog who has a hematoma in his left ear. The whole ear flap is swollen. They are going to drain it and give me antibiotic drops, but the vet tells me that the hematoma will come back the next time he shakes his head. The next option is surgery but I declined that. While waiting for them to check out my dog, I am reading about a vet on YouTube who just lets the hematoma heal on its own after a few weeks. Says this is better than surgery as surgery forms scar tissue and doesn't prevent more hematomas. Does anyone have any suggestions how to prevent another hematoma from forming once this is drained. Oh, I also read about arnica helping to heal a dog's hematoma.
I ran out of probiotics last week and I think that upset his yeast.. then he got ear irritation and itchiness and started shaking his head last night, which is when I think the hematoma formed. Thank you so much in advance for any suggestions.
Hope Bc Canada
Justin, Texas Usa
Charleston, South Carolina
My 15 year old cat has a swollen ear. It's really bad, looks like it's about to burst, but hasn't. He's perfectly fine, yells at me everytime I come into the room! What can I do about this?
I recently put my German Shorthair through the hematoma surgery. He has had to wear a cone the entire time and I've returned to the vet 4 times for bandage changes and to have his stitches removed. He had the stitches removed yesterday and the hematoma is back already!! It hasn't even been 2 weeks since the surgery and I'm out over $500! What do I do now?!
San Antonio Tx
Castor Oil also does wonders for the inflammation! My pup Stella had an aural hematoma, I used Arnica as well, but saw that using Castor Oil slathered on/in the ear gave me great results too (sometimes I added some lavender to the oil). I also gave her a Turmeric supplement which also helps with inflammation. It was gone in about a month and her cauliflower ear isn't so bad, barely noticeable. Good Luck!!!
I just recently cured my dog's aural hematoma after only one week using:
1. turmeric in food (light sprinkle, ~1/8 tsp)
2. Chinese Herb Yunnan Baiyao, made into a paste and applied topically 2x/day (but can also be given internally - I just didn't have the time to figure out how best to do so because it is BITTER gross nasty)
3. Arnica tablets 30c, 2 crushed tablets 4x/day on day 1, then cut back to only three times a day.
Hope this helps!
San Francisco, Ca
Kenalog for Aural Hematomas
I just made a vet appointment since we have been through this before with my little guy. All vets want to lance and drain and stitch and make a mess. I found a vet on our first experience with this little problem, that treated with an injection of Kenalog. I work for a Retina (Eye) specialist and we use this drug to treat bleeds in eyes. It works like a charm as long as you don't fuss with the ear as it's healing. (I pressed on his little ear the first time and you could feel the blood rushing back in :/) Needless to say it dried up without a return visit. He hasn't had one in 3 years and I think this is now the opposite ear. We now live in another state and finding a vet to do this procedure took a couple of phone calls but I found one!
Average cost of injection is about $30 plus vet visit $50ish, so much better than $350 base for a messy surgery! The best results come from early treatment, the longer the blood sits the thicker it gets and is harder to remove. Good luck with your best friends, hope this helped someone <3
Hey EC....How is everybody doing? A few months ago, I had wrote in to EC asking for help when my cockapoo came down with hematoma in one of his ears....well I had promised to let you guys know what worked for me so here I am.....hopefully this can help someone out there. After much research and some wonderful advice from you guys...I decided not to go ahead with the surgery which was costing me $400.00 plus my dog was going to be in a lot of pain as well, and just wait this thing out as was suggested by this one lady whose name I can't remember.....sorry....anyways, after six weeks, my dog's ear is back to normal...can't believe it even now..all I did was just leave it alone although sometimes, I would put some ice on it and rub a little arnica cream on it but other than that I pretty much leave it as is....a lot of people had said that the one ear would be kinda deformed....not this one...I am so grateful, this dog is my big baby...lol....hopefully, this can save someone's dog from surgery, a lot of pain and some money.....thanks for listening...
New Albany, Indiana
Tallahassee Florida 32308
Van Buren, Arkansas
My lab cross had 2 aural haematomas the first one occured in April 2008. It was quite large the size of a fat sausage and we were concerned but the more research I did on the internet the more I discovered that the haematomas bother the owner more than the pet and if there is no obvious discomfort just leave it. Early May my dog got a second haematoma closer to her ear canal. I became worried and did more research and tried leeches...yes leeches ordered 8 of them from Niagra Ontario. It wasn't as bad as I had imagined but really wasn't the right treatment as although it caused no harm to my dog it would not and could not resolve the problem as the balloons of blood were not isolated but part of her regular flowing system so as you removed the blood more filled it's place and the leeches really only remove about a tsp each. It is now mid August 2008 and I am happy to report that my dogs ear looks as good as the day before she had the problem. There has been no cauliflowering or mishealing and she is happy not to have had surgery and face further complications that stictches etc. can provide. If she had another one I would leave it to heal again I think sometimes its best not to try and treat everything. Too quickly someone wants to take your money for an unnecessarry procedure. My dogs ear was very swollen and without any surgery is perfectly fine today. That was my experience.
Mar Del Plata, Arrgentina
Grass Valley, Ca, Usa
Chicago, Il, Usa
San Francisco, CA
The first line of action once you notice your dog has an aural hematoma: Perform a hypodermic needle aspiration to remove the fresh fluids before a clot is formed.
Second: Use an 'Auralsplint' to correct the broken artery causing the hematoma and keep the ear from shriveling. Do not have the archaic and gruesome surgery which does not attempt to correct the broken artery, but instead allows the continued blood flow into the cavity and out either a drain or an open wound. The cost of surgery is mostly prohibitive and rather not needed now that the Auralsplint is in use.
Until you are able to perform the auralsplint treatment, make sure to aspirate on a four to five day schedule to keep a clot from forming. For more information visit Auralsplint.org.