Aural Hematoma Remedies

| Modified on May 13, 2023
Posted by Auralsplint (Justin, Texas) on 08/19/2021

Aural Hematoma Remedies in dogs ears:

First, identify your affliction. Swollen ear flap warm and red can be either firm or squishy. Most likely an aural hematoma.

Second, get a hypodermic needle aspiration to remove the fresh fluids before they begin to coagulate at or around the seventh day.

*Important: Do Not Lance the Ear!

Third, use an Auralsplint to encapsulate the ear and hold the tissues together to allow natural healing position. No surgery required, no general anesthetic, no added clinical costs of pharma agents. No wounding to ear, just healing. limited of no shriveling of ear flap. for details and ordering, and access to a five-year study for the effectiveness of treatment.

The Auralsplint is the only treatment available that addresses the broken blood vessels causing the actual hematoma.

Leave the Hematoma Alone
Posted by ML (Santa Monica, CA) on 01/15/2021

My golden retriever got a small hematoma at the bottom of her ear flap last month. After reading the posts on Earth Clinic about Aural Hematomas, I decided to leave the hematoma alone unless it got too big. That was a wise decision. It didn't get any bigger and disappeared after a few weeks. I had also read that draining it at the vet is not always the best decision as it can make the hematoma bigger.

Posted by Auralsplint (Justin, Texas Usa) on 07/12/2020

Canine Aural Hematoma Repair – Pinna Surgery versus Pinna Splint

Persuasive Essay

An aural hematoma is a blood and fluid pool formed in an animal's ear flap, or pinna, after a blunt force injury causing arterial breaks forcing tissues to expand and fill. Aural hematomas represent a condition that in not mortal, but can be a contributing factor in contraction of the pinna and subsequent future ailments for animal. Traditional treatments include expensive and painful surgeries, and weeks/months of recovery. Moreover, there is often permanent damage to the ear and a good percentage of reoccurrence of future hematomas. Surgical aural hematoma treatments for removal of blood clots range from lancing, to skin section removal, to biopsy tool removal of skin allowing for holes to provide ability to draw semi-coagulated fluids out of hematoma region. All surgical remedies impart local wounds to aural canal side of pinna, and must be further addressed during post-surgical recovery. These blood pool surgical removals of fluids, along with non-surgical hypodermic needle aspiration, are intended to allow apposition of skin and cartilage tissues. Only the hypodermic needle aspiration does not impart wounding to the pinna, with aftercare required. (1)

A novel method in the treatment of aural hematoma may address some of the concerns with current surgical procedures. The purpose of this article is to inform the veterinary industry (veterinarians, technicians, and medical device suppliers) a new tool to perform corrective aural hematoma repair. Preliminary research on a novel cross-sectional study on the impact of the pinna splinting device AuralsplintTM was conducted between June 2012 and June 2017 (unpublished results). Of the 190 participants who used the Auralsplint device, there were 49 responses to the surveys (25%). The study was conducted by the creator of the device who has no academic training, but a researcher was consulted of interpretation of the results. The participants were instructed to report on the visible ear conditions before, during and after treatment. A gradient of results ranged from: Complete healing with no visible damage, lesser healing with slight visible damage, visible healing with no hematoma present, to no visible healing hematoma present. A control group of participants outside of the criteria were involved to present the need for treatment early in affliction and a comparison of results. Criteria requirements were hematoma present less than 7 days from onset without any aspiration, or hypodermic needle aspiration alone within first 7 days and subsequent hypodermic aspirations on a four day schedule thereafter. Participants willfully requested acceptance into study after they searched online for an alternative to options available. Results suggest that the Auralsplint device promotes healing for the modality with a promising future as a viable alternative to surgeries for the aural hematoma affliction. Given the potential for biases of the author, results should be interpreted with caution. Potential implications of the AuralsplintTM, with no disregard or disrespect intended to existing veterinary surgeries and procedures, the author attempts to provide surgery-free alternatives to the treatment of aural hematoma through a novel therapeutic device. In no way is the Auralsplint recommended to take the place of a professional veterinarian. Instead, canine owner with their animals depending are encouraged to talk with their veterinarians about multiple options to assist in making decisions about best practices. (2,3)

In any treatment modality we must look to the healing properties of the animal and how these properties are used. The understanding: The broken blood vessels causing expansion of the tissues in the pinna are subsequent to a blunt force injury causing the broken blood vessels. Any underlying conditions which may lead to irritation and discomfort causing shaking of the head or scratching of the ear most likely (but not always) have caused the aural hematoma, and are treatable outside of any reparative treatment for the aural hematoma tissue damages. Without any treatment to repair the torn tissues of an aural hematoma, the bulbous fluid filled into the hematoma will resolve and diminish over time. Serum fluids likely will be rapidly reabsorbed, whereas hemoglobin fluids will clot. Either way, the animal's own regenerative abilities are observed as in progress. Given this generalization and the fact the aural hematoma has not ruptured due to over expansion, at some point the animal's own abilities have sealed the broken vessels. Leaving us to examine the clot formation in the aural hematoma, rapid coagulation occurs upon ceasing of new fluids entering into the hematoma region. Granulation begins occurring in 3-6 days. This granulation process must be the precursor to the adhesion of tissues to the clot, respective both the outer skin and the inner cartilage. The interior of the clot at this point is not understood as to its purpose other than subsequent to volume of fluid generation during open vessels filling at time of active hematoma. Speculation of the migration from interior of clot to exterior of clot for granulation and other regenerative elements exists as reduction occurs, and spent red blood cells are removed and reabsorbed. It is this author's belief the reduction of the bulbous clot by reabsorbing, along with granulation occurring at all points exterior of clot, is the greatest contributing factor to contraction of the pinna, as the bulb is reduced from the furthest point from center towards the center, thus the attached tissues are drawn toward center. By establishing the animal is using the blood pool to provide healing and regenerative elements, we must attribute the blood pool, or clot, is essential in providing the tissue elements for permanent reattachment of the skin to cartilage. Even after healing of an untreated aural hematoma, the skin and cartilage are opposed, due to the reduction of the clot leaving the space between the tissues reduced from that of full bulbous clot. The contraction due to reduction has been addressed. However, at some point a blood clot is needed between the skin and cartilage to provide the elements for granulation to occur, and thus adhesion of said skin and cartilage tissues against clot, and subsequently skin to cartilage once absorbable spent red blood cells are removed. By this premise, the amount of contraction is proportionate relative to the thickness diameter of the pooled blood clot, therefore the thinner the clot, the less the contraction. By this same premise, the greater amount of surface area adhesion, the greater the attraction. Complete granulation of all area within the hematoma region would need to be considered the most effective for adhesion of tissues. Any allowance for deviation and sporadic development of granulation would contingently provide less adhesion and potential for less permanent reattachment. The amount of blood clot needed to perform sufficient granulation is left for further studies. But, without a blood clot directly opposed to both sides the skin and cartilage predicts less abilities to heal with same efficiency as areas with adequate blood clot. Therefore, a sporadic area of blood clotting, determined by thickness and location, is less supportive to animal's own ability to regenerate than that of a blood clot continuous in size and complete in total area of damaged pinna. The aspiration of the fluid pool is set to reduce the size of the hematoma bulb, allow for apposition of skin and cartilage tissues, thus reducing the amount of contraction during healing. Aspiration can be performed in different methods. If the fluids are still fluid, then a hypodermic needle aspiration is sufficient to remove nearly all the fluids present. If the length of time from onset is greater than 6-7 days, and coagulation in the pool has started, the removal by surgical means is required to allow apposition of the skin and cartilage tissues. (1,4,5,6,11)

It is time to look at the surgical treatments themselves and how the decision to use surgery for canine aural hematoma repair compares against the other options the clinic can offer. The clinic has to assume a patient visiting a clinic knows he or she is being offered an assortment of options, and costs to treat their animal's condition. With the cost of surgery the pinnacle of pricing, the patient must assume this choice is the greatest care. Reality shows this is the greatest abilities of the veterinary surgeon to use his or her training in an operating room environment. To assume this is the best care for the aural hematoma affliction is based on perspective. With blood pool now removed, apposition by surgical method is achieved by carefully suturing the skin to cartilage by means of choice by surgeon. Critical to success is the ability of the surgeon to oppose the tissues in such a fashion to allow granulation to occur in the areas between sutures. The small segmented sporadic blood pools subsequently clot and healing begins to occur. The amount of granulation at suture penetration locations cannot be consistent with the areas between sutures due to nature of modality. As the author has already established, the more consistent the blood clot, the better the production of granulation and adhesion after healing. To summarize, the surgical aspiration has imparted wounds to the skin of the pinna and now in need of post-operative care, the sutures are providing sporadic ability to adhere, and any clot formation is now non-consistent. (2,9,10,11)

Stated here in this interpretation, surgery shows increased chance for infection with regard for surgical procedures imparting wounds to pinna, as well as sporadic development of the essential blood clot. Suture placement is critical to keep from cessation of fluids to any point interrupted. Included in surgical modalities is the continued allowance for any blood and fluids re-entering the hematoma region to flow freely out of the region through wounds or drains specifically placed for this reason. Previously established in this interpretation is the need for the blood clot to form to produce the granulation and regenerative elements required in permanently healing the aural hematoma, complete with blood vessel sealing of breaks and adhesion of skin to cartilage. It appears less than necessary to allow the essential regenerative elements to escape the area in need of said elements. It is understood the continued flow of fluids into a surgically repaired hematoma region may introduce recurrence of expansion, and therefore contribute to alteration of the surgeon's treatment modality. Finally, pinna surgery post-operative care is substantial and must be included in the considerations for its use and results. (5,6,8)

The alternative modality presented is Pinna Splinting. Splinting of the auricle is a therapeutic treatment modality process allowing the animal's own abilities to re-grow the tissues in an environment suitable for the least amount of contraction after healing. By all indications in this interpretation, a consistent thickness blood clot throughout the entirety of the hematoma region provides the greatest chance of non-sporadic granulation and adhesion of tissues. The uniformity of the thickness of the blood clot, or more accurately presented thinner blood clot, provides lesser ability for contraction during recovery. Pinna splinting treatment occurs without wounding imparted to animal, therefore the post-operative care is lessened and the chance of infection therefore lessened. Also, for those patients unable to afford surgery or are unable due to health or general anesthesia complications, pinna splinting allows the animal owner the option for corrective clinical treatment, and for the clinic the additional income. (4,9,11)

Pinna splinting is achieved by locating the pinna in a fixed position where, after aspiration by hypodermic needle, a rigid device is attached by medical dressings to the pinna, presenting a wall against the damaged tissues, preventing the uncontrolled expansion of fluids into the hematoma. Once the small area of hematoma refills into a thin layer and equalization of fluid pressures is achieved, rapid coagulation and granulation begins to occur, without interruption or sporadic locations, but instead throughout the entirety of the hematoma. As per the previous evidence established, the animal now can function as though the hematoma has been left untreated, and can begin to and fully regenerate the needed tissues to seal the broken blood vessels and form the permanent attachment tissues between skin and cartilage at all points directly adjacent to blood clot layer. Once absorption of the spent red blood cells in clot layer occurs, the distance between skin and cartilage tissues being of a small size, the reduction and contraction is limited, relative to thickness of clot layer. The treatment duration for splint device in place has been established as 14 days consecutive. (11)

It would be difficult to describe the need for a new modality in a clinical environment without addressing the costs associated. A Veterinary Clinic needs revenue to not only survive but to thrive. The licensed veterinarian needs to charge appropriately for his or her services to generate revenue to employ the manpower to sustain the business model. By this standard, the amount of revenue per treatment generated is based upon the need of the clinic's business model. The larger the revenue generation per treatment equals the better the outcome for the business. This support for the business model can be altered by the number of patients treated against the number of patients not treated (due to lack of financial means). To sum this relationship, the more patients treated for less revenue equals the lesser amount of patients treated with higher revenue. (2,3)

The author, Daniel Whitton, is President of Auralsplint Inc. PBC, an aural hematoma researcher, inventor, and advocate for better animal healthcare through improvements in current modalities. The AuralsplintTM treatment is proprietary through US Patent 7,153,313 awarded to Daniel Whitton 2006. Subsequent patent protection is at present in place for further intellectual property and proprietary rights. The Auralsplint, through voluntary Pre-Market Approval, has been concluded by the FDA “the animal medical class 1 device is safe as prescribed for use under supervision of licensed veterinarians”. Without establishing a concrete analysis by dissection of both modalities in post mortal studies, the author is left to make interpretations of scientific expectations. However, having a tool to bridge the gap in treatment modalities could and should be used to satisfy the needs of the clients. The AuralsplintTM introduces a non-invasive, cost-effective, pain-free clinical device providing an alternative solution to surgery. Although study results are preliminary and non-casual, there is support for future clinical trials with this device as part of a whole purposed industry treatment. (6,11)

Author: Daniel Whitton
Auralsplint Inc. PBC

Krista Best, PhD
Professeure adjointe/ Assistant professor
Faculté de médecine / Faculty of Medicine
Université Laval

Sources Cited:

1. MacPhail C. Current Treatment Options for Auricular Hematomas. Vet Clin Small Anim. 2016; 46: 635–641

2.; 2018-econ-rpt3-veterinary-services.pdf

3. Hall J, Weir S and Ladlow J. Treatment of canine aural haematoma by UK veterinarians. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 2016; 57: 360–364.

4. Asinga T. Treating aural hematomas. Banfield. Accessed on February 20,2020.

5. Pavletic MM. Use of laterally placed vacuum drains for management of aural hematomas in five dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2014; 246:112–117.

6. Lanz OI, Wood BC. Surgery of the ear and pinna. Vet Clin Small Anim. 2004;34: 567–599

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Aural Hematoma Remedies
Posted by Robin H. (Tuscaloosa, AL) on 02/08/2019

I am trying to find a remedy for entire ear flap hematoma in my 13yrs of pit bull. It's been there approx 2 weeks and has not changed in size.

EC: Please check the aural hematoma page in our pets section here: ‎

Posted by Daniel W. (Justin, TX) on 03/05/2020

The best way to combat an aural hematoma is with an Auralsplint. Any other treatment will either allow the hematoma to shrivel down, or worse cause undue wounding to your animal. It is very important to diagnosis the hematoma early, before 6-7 days. After this, the blood will begin to clot, and you will not be able to use an Auralsplint. The Auralsplint works very much like it sounds. It holds the ear in suspension until the animal fixes the problems. Not rocket science, not an invasive and gruesome surgery. Just common sense and some tape and plastic. I make this out to sound easy, and it is.

Posted by Daniel Whitton (Justin, Texas) on 06/21/2020

A new non-surgical corrective treatment for aural hematoma in canine. The Auralsplint provides an alternative to surgery and corrects the aural hematoma using the animal's own regenerative abilities in an environment suited for the least amount of contraction. No wounding, no general anesthesia, no pain medications.

Leave the Hematoma Alone
Posted by Dave (Denver, Co) on 03/14/2018

Did you use the ice before, after or separate from the Arnica?

Let It Heal on Its Own
Posted by Miachelle ( Oregon ) on 02/24/2018

Healing on its own is great information and thank you so much for your input. I myself suffered a hematoma on inside of left thigh the size of a flippen cantaloupe and it too went away on its own.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Michele (Pa) on 01/15/2018

Could I ask what particular brand of Arnica Montana you would suggest and what the dosing is? TYIA!

Arnica Oil
Posted by Jason Payne (Australia) on 01/02/2018

$200 is just for a syringe drainage, which usually doesn't work. The vet's preferred method is surgery for $7-900. So many stories of vets taking people to the cleaners during their moments of emotional weakness.

Let It Heal on Its Own
Posted by Berklan (North Carolina) on 10/10/2017

My dog had this so I came here to learn more about it. She didn't appear to be in any pain if not touched. I knew there was no way I could afford the surgery and planned to order the oil (forgot the name of it), but then a week later her ear had gradually gone back down to its original size.

Leave the Hematoma Alone
Posted by Rhonda (Elberta Al.) on 10/05/2017

I just freaked out seeing how they did surgery on this. Then it could come back as well as the cost. My husband and I are both on disability and could not afford the cost. Then I read about your situation and think I should do the same. I have been given him a dose of antibiotics (cephalexin and benadryls). I have read in other's post to leave it alone. I even read someone used preparation h to refuse swelling. Have you heard of this as an option.

Let It Heal on Its Own
Posted by Berklan (North Carolina) on 10/01/2017

My dog's (aural hematoma) went back to normal in about a week.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Marielina (New York City, New York) on 08/29/2017

Hey, so for the Lachesis, I don't have drops but the pills instead. How much should I give my 2 year old pitbull/beagle mix who it 25 lbs?

Arnica Oil
Posted by Marielina (New York City, New York) on 08/29/2017

Hey, my dog has a small hematoma that is forming. I want to get this treatment as soon as possible. Can you specify the exact treatments you used? Like are you using regular for humans? Or do I have to go to like a pet shop?

Leave the Hematoma Alone
Posted by Cherry (North Carolina) on 07/17/2017

I would like to apply arinca gel but can't afford it. My dog is is in pain it hurts me so much.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Venkatesh (India) on 06/21/2017

We have started Lachesis 30 and Hamamelis 30 at 4 drops thrice a day for few days now. Am able to see improvement (slow) in the ear. It appears to slowly reduce in size. For application on the swelling, we apply Arnica oil, turmeric and aloe vera gel (mixed and diluted) once in 3 to 4 hours.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Chirasree (India) on 06/18/2017

How much dose plzz help I am facing same problem...its been more than 2 weeks. I tried sulphur 30x merbromine solution still no response..but once I applied arnica oil it seemed to swell up more so I got scared and stopped it plzz hlp...

Arnica Oil
Posted by Venkatesh (Tamil Nadu) on 06/16/2017

We apply Arinca Gel / Oil on the swelling on the inner side of the flap. We also use aloe vera gel application. We mix a bit of turmeric powder. We are giving her Lachesis 30C at 4 drops each in the morning and evening. Present observation is the swelling stays same size (it has not increased). It has not ruptured. Am considering going to the vet to drain it and continue with the present dosage. As I read in this forum, it could take more time. Am hoping that there is timely recovery.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Melissa (Boston) on 06/15/2017

Do you put the Arnica Oil on the inside or outside of the ear? And has anyone used the Hamamelis (witch hazel) mentioned in the article?

Arnica Oil
Posted by Venkatesh (India) on 06/08/2017

Thank you, Theresa, for your valuable advice.

We are applying Arnica oil and turmeric, on the swelling. The size is remaining the same and has not broken.

As for Lachesis, we are yet to receive the drops. Shall give her as per your advice.

We are also giving her aloe vera oil and turmeric in food. We are also cleaning her ears frequently. Am hoping that it does not increase in size and slowly disappears.

Thank you very much for your timely response.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/05/2017

Hello Venkatesh,

If this were my dog I might dose every 2 hours and monitor results to check for progress. I would stop over night, and then perhaps go to your original dosing schedule. You might also consider Arnica Montana for this condition as it typically arises due to trauma. And because this tends to arise from ear conditions inside the ear that causes the dog to scratch and shake the ear, you might look at cleaning the ears very well and frequently and adjusting diet to grain free.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Venkatesh (Hosur, India) on 06/04/2017

Our dog is 12 and half years old. Gin has the hematoma on her left ear and it has not ruptured. It is like a collection of lquid between the ear skin. She had a large one that was surgically removed. This is at present not a large one.

Can I administer 6C drops of Lachesis at 4 drops in the morning, afternoon and evenings?

Also, would application of Arnica oil on the skin where the swelling is seen, be of help to reduce it? She is old and severely arthritic and takes many joint supplements and Aloe Vera juice and Turmeric chews for the same. We would not like to have her go through another surgery.

Please advice on the Lachesis dosage for 6C.

We are from Hosur, in India.

Aural Hematoma Surgery
Posted by Stellaluna (Oregon) on 02/19/2017

Arnica Oil/creme/gel and Castor oil - saturate the affected ear with either at all times, try to keep the pup from shaking excessively, this can make it worse... I also gave a turmeric supplement when my pup had hers, you can also just add a good quality turmeric to her food as well. My poor little girl had a pretty bad one and it took about a month to heal using the Castor Oil/Arnica and Tumeric. Sometimes I would add a few drops of pure lavender oil to the Castor Oil. You can do a "cone of shame" or better an inflatable-collar to keep her from pawing at it if it does bother her. Good Luck!

Castor Oil, Turmeric
Posted by Krista (Oregon) on 02/19/2017

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!!!

Arnica Oil
Posted by Kaz (East Anglia, Uk) on 02/17/2017

You are absolutely right. I have a 11 year old Staffie and she had an aural hematoma a couple of years ago and it was cured with Arnica oil, bought online and I added Lachesis homeopathic remedy by mouth, 30c 3 doses intermittently, as it was slow to heal and used when trauma is internal. The swelling reduced gradually and in a couple of months it was gone. I was determined to be patient and not go to the vet. I stupidly went to the vet for her previous ear. It cost a fortune. She was in so much pain, crying all the time, despite meds. She bit the cage she was in and broke her teeth as she did not want to be in there. More money to pay for teeth extractions. She could not sleep well because of the cone and discomfort, she had to wear for 3 weeks. It was a total nightmare. Where the swelling is slow to reduce or does not budge, Lachesis will do the job and reduce it. It can be a very slow process. She is a healthy dog, had severe arthritis of the knees - now improved thanks to homeopathy. Homeopathy promotes a feeling of well-being, which is also good for our pets during the healing process.

Aural Hematoma Surgery
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/06/2017

Hey there!

To help Heidi please google 'shih tzu rescue san antonio tx' and you will find plenty of resources.

Aural Hematoma Surgery
Posted by Helpheidi (San Antonio Tx) on 02/03/2017

My Shih Tzu has a hematoma *HelpHeidi*

I took in a 12 year old shih Tzu because this kind hearted old lady couldn't find her a home and she was homeless. We feel in love with Heidi and felt so bad she was being abandoned by her owners. Now, I see how hard it really is to take care of an elderly dog. If I had the funds to care for her properly I wouldn't have a problem. I am scared the vet might take her from me or put her down because I don't have to money right now. Heidi has a hematoma in her ear and I need to take her to the vet as soon as possible. Please help any way you can. If you know of any foundation's that could help, we'd really appreciate it.

Herbal Cure
Posted by Kilihunebabe (Steilacoom) on 01/31/2017

My dog was thirteen pounds.

Herbal Cure
Posted by Kilihunebabe (Steilacoom) on 01/31/2017

I just added a little water to the yb powder and applied a thin coating to the bump and let it dry. Someone else I know that tried this gauzed the ear and kept the yb powder moist and had the same results. So, either way is probably fine.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Sarah (Rhode Island) on 12/11/2016

Did you use arnicare GEL? I can't find anything approving the gel. Just want to make sure before I put it on.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Barbara (South Dakota) on 12/09/2016

Besides the Arnica oil, I've seen a video on youtube on what if you do nothing to a hematoma and the people in the comment section suggested Sulphur 30X too, to help the ear reabsorb the blood faster.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Carol (Indiana) on 11/17/2016

I have a 9 yr old spayed BC girl who has an aural hematoma. I just ordered the arnica oil. Is this better than the gel form? She is also itching and scratching, and does not have fleas.

Kenalog Injection
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/03/2016

Kenalog aka Triamcinolone Acetonide is an injectable steroid. Some dogs tolerate steroids very well, and for others with undiagnosed health issues can result in death. Please have your pet checked out for any potential health problems such as heart murmurs BEFORE you administer steroids.

Kenalog Injection
Posted by Tiffany O. (Enola, Pa) on 11/01/2016

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

Arnica Oil
Posted by Jay (Gravette, Arkansas) on 09/29/2016

I would like to try the gel on her ear. She has two hematomas again. Would it take very long for it to work? she is 13 and I don't want to put her through surgery.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 09/28/2016

Dear Trinia,

When I use arnica oil, I usually apply it a couple of times a day, generously but not soaking the area.

~Mama to Many~

Arnica Oil
Posted by Trinia (Anaheim Ca) on 09/28/2016

How much and how often did you apply to your dogs ear? Please help my old lady Labrador is suffering and I can't afford the $800.00 price tag of the surgery!

Arnica Oil
Posted by Carolyn (California) on 09/08/2016

My dog has had a Hematoma off and on for a year now. I will not do Surgery, so we have had it drained 6 times. It always comes back. I bought Arnica gel and have been using it for 6 days it is not working the Hematoma is still the same size.. I am so frustrated.. it pains me to see him so sad and it is heavy with the fluid in there. Guess its back to the drs again tomorrow.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Dani (Ottawa, Ontario) on 07/28/2016


Did you try the Arnica oil on your dog. Where did you purchase the oil in Ontario? All of these products that are so readily available in the States sometimes aren't so much in Canada. I am trying to find it for my Boston Terrier. I would love to know if I can treat this without surgery.

Thank you!!

Arnica Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/05/2016

Hello Cassandra,

Untreated itchy ears can lead to reoccurring aural hematoma. If you can stop the itch, then the scratching will stop - so to that end you might consider a few things.

You are interested in the arnica oil - I would use the oil or any salve or cream by directly applying to the ear leather - do this 3-4 times per day.

For immediate relief: Zymox Otic hcl - buy it online, for treating ears. It works on bacteria and yeast [has enzymatic digesters] and you don't need to clean the ears to use it. Use at first sign of an itch, or if the ears seem gunky or have redness. This is one product that is well worth the purchase price.

For the long term approach: consider a rotation of treated water - baking soda for alkalizing and borax per Ted's borax protocol for dogs. The alkalizing and borax will help balance the body's PH and make it unfavorable to yeast -so fight a systemic yeast infection from the inside out.

Read your dog food label and change up the groceries to grain free. Even if you are already feeding grain free, try switching to a different protien base and monitor your results. **This is key, as grain based diets have been linked to systemic yeast infections, skin issues and ear problems.

Please report back!

Arnica Oil
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/04/2016

Cassandra, the itchiness is from the build up blood. Apply the arnica oil to the ear. Also I would add a bit of tumeric as well. Apply twice per day. Let us know how you go.

Arnica Oil
Posted by Cassandra (Omak Wa) on 07/04/2016

My dog gor his first hematoma about two or maybe three months ago now. We took him to the vet (of which I'll never return to because of the horrible receptionists and rudeness) and had it lanced and a drain placed in it. He had to wear an e-collar for 10 days, then go back to have the drain removed and then wear the collar for another 7 days to make sure it was all healed. It was terrible. There was no room for the collar and it kept needing repaired with duct tape to hold It together (my dog is not calm ever). His hematoma returned last night and I can't stand going to have surgery done to him again. It's too expensive and we have no money to our name. I found some arnica oil at the health store and am wondering how exactly do I applyy It to the ear? How often and should I be doing anything else? He seems to just have itchy ears and I don't know how to stop that. No infection or mites have ever been found, he just scratches.

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Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/01/2016

Yes, I would use that.

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Posted by Donna (Fl) on 07/01/2016

My golden mix has a swollen left ear lobe. Is arnica gel the best way to apply? what about arnica tablets also in their food. I do not want to go to vet and spend $200 or more if this can really be treated at home. He is in no pain and not even scratching it.

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Posted by Annie (Uk) on 06/12/2016

Iqbal, You are absolutely right, it worked for my Staffie.

I used Arnica oil from India and needed Lachesis (for internal injury) to reduce the swelling which took 7 weeks in total and was well worth the wait. Thank you very much for your helpful comment. Those who comment and say they need to see trials are ill informed and are not interested in solutions and do not care that the dog will suffer painful surgery. My dog went through hell when she had her other hematoma drained through surgery. My dog also broke teeth whilst she was under the care of the so called vet. I am glad I followed my intuition this time. I know homeopathy works and do not need to see trials.

I cured my dog of aural hematoma with homeopathy. I am very proud of that.

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Posted by Julie (Akron, Ny) on 06/08/2016

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.

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Posted by Kayleigh (Walsall) on 05/27/2016

I promise it won't burst, my boy has one in each ear and they will go away but it will take time! The main thing it to treat what caused it in the first place, so clean ears daily, and check for fleas :) x

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 05/10/2016

Dear Monica,

I am not aware of any concerns with using arnica for cats, unless the arnica preparation you have has essential oils in it. Essential oils are usually considered too strong for cats.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Monica (San Juan, Puerto Rico) on 05/10/2016

Can the arnica oil be applied to cats as well? Are there any precautions for cats?

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Posted by Gianna (Brooklyn, Ny) on 04/18/2016

How much was in the oil? I'm using Arnica gel on my cat and praying it will help. It's 7% and I'm applying 3 times a day. Thanks!

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Posted by Nicole (Ontario) on 04/11/2016

My dog has her second hematoma in a year..different ears. Just noticed the newest one is starting to balloon so I read your say he put the oil ON the ear flap or IN the ear canal? The one in the summer was cut and drained..didn't have the 1200 CDN dollars to have her ear surgically operated on.

EC: On the ear flap!

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Posted by Chelsey (Ca, Valley Springs) on 04/04/2016

How often did you put it on? My dog has one on his inner leg. And it has gotten so big, I don't know to treat this.

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Posted by Ben (Bremerton) on 03/28/2016

Minor surgery is very simple and is the best option to avoid needless pain and the situation getting worse. Infection may be present and your dog might need antibiotics.

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Posted by Vlanoa (Delhi, India ) on 03/27/2016

Hi... My two and half year old Golden Retriever is suffering terribly with a ruptured aural hematoma. His condition is different as it bleeds all the time and due to clotting and repeated healing it irritates, he shakes his head and it bleeds again. And it is like blood all over the house. I haven't tried any surgical process as the vet has said it is good it has ruptured. But I don't see any good in bleeding as of now. I've tried all treatments and finally have got a paraffin base Arnica cream to apply. Just wanted to know if I can apply to his wound as it is an open wound. I have applied it once now, but don't know if that is okay. I feel so helpless and frustrated seeing him suffer. Help.

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Posted by Marti (United States) on 03/26/2016

Please do not put duct tape directly on the dog's skin! It could seriously injure the skin.

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Posted by Melina (California ) on 03/06/2016

Thank for the advice.

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Posted by Cindy (Indiana) on 12/30/2015

I have a 10 yr old Dachshund who has developed an aural hematoma on his left ear. How often should I use the arnica oil?

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Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 12/29/2015

Dear Dawna, I can relate! Please read my posts on dealing with several hematomas in my dog. The trick is to keep your dog's ears clean and not let yeast and bacteria build up. You must use a ear solution at least once a week. If you slack off on this as I have learned, your dog is at risk of another hematoma. As soon as your dog scratches at his ear, rinse it out with one of the ear formulas. I haven't had any more hematomas to deal with after staying on top of cleaning his ears out once a week. When necessary, I have also used antibiotic ear drops from the vet (you can also buy enzyme formulas for ears online). Good luck!

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Posted by Dawna (Port St Lucie Florida) on 12/28/2015

My dog keeps getting hematomas! I have had 2 surgerys! Another one came back while his third bandage change happened. I wanted to cry, which I did! He is still dealing with this! I keep his ears clean. Don't understand this...

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/13/2015

Hello Rayanna!

Please google 'aural hematoma dogs' and do an image search to make sure what you are seeing in your puppy and her entire litter are aural hematomas and report back.


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Posted by Rayanna (Colorado) on 11/13/2015

My 14 week old puppy has a hematoma in each ear. I think since birth as her siblings have them as well. How much arnica oil should be applied and how often?

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Posted by Danielle (Belfast) on 11/03/2015

Hello. My lab is getting these more frequent and I would love to try the arnica oil as the vets bills are getting extreme and not working plus not wanting surgery just yet. How do you go about this? What's the process? Thank you xx

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Posted by Betty (North Carolina) on 10/28/2015

how to apply arnica gel to a hematoma; how often and how much...for a 20 pound jack russell terrier that had been drained but has it safe for digestion by other dogs?... thank you

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Posted by Amanda (California) on 10/13/2015

Albert , What is the brand of Arnica oil ? Thanks!

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Posted by Deb (Pa) on 10/02/2015

I just ordered the oil you mentioned. Does it honestly work? I hate to see my pet in pain and I agree, I don't want to have surgery done on my dog.

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Posted by Heather (Fort Worth, Tx) on 09/07/2015

My baby has the the same thing but now in both ears , I have been using arnica gel and it has helped a little, I was wondering if you used 100% pure arnica oil, maybe it might heal faster. Thank you for your help.

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Posted by Albert (California) on 09/07/2015

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.

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Posted by Linn (Fl) on 08/26/2015

I just purchased armica oil, arnica pills and turmeric at the healthfood store. $34.00

We've spent almost $1000 on my poor little Wally this summer, two stints....didn't work, and a major surgery. After he had the stitches out, within three days the hematoma is back as large as it ever was.

I just can't bear for him to suffer through another surgery and am activating the remedies here for a week. I will post the results.

Wish me luck, he is the love of my heart....

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Posted by Anna (Ontario, Canada) on 08/25/2015

Thank you for the cheerful news! My dog got the ear hematoma on one ear on the weekend.I went to the vet, he sugested as an only option that works a surgery which was estimated for over$ 1000! I was so devastated because my dog had a surgery a month ago and it cost me apr. $2000. I will try to wait and see. How big it can grow? I am scared that it could burst? Thank you, Anna

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Posted by Lizzie (Asheville, Nc) on 08/10/2015

Dear Emferrin from Utah,

I am sorry to hear about the hematoma returning but it sounds to me like your vet took out the stitches too soon.

This is what happened to my dog in 2014, except my vet used a drainage cap instead of stitches. She initially took it out after 2 weeks and his poor ear filled back up with blood within 24 hours. She had to put the drainage cap back in for another 3 weeks after that. She charged less for the procedure the 2nd time and didn't put him under anesthesia, thankfully. It was a simple insertion of a little plastic cap near the tip of his ear. You can read my thread on this site's hematoma page about what happened to our dog.

If it's a large hematoma, you will have to do the procedure again, I think. But you need to wait until enough scar tissue has formed in his ear and that takes about 21 days! (Sorry for the bad news). Expect a thick, cauliflower ear and extreme sensitivity to heat and itchiness once your dog has healed. The good news is that my dog hasn't had any more hematomas, but I have to stay very vigilant about cleaning his ears at least twice a week.

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Posted by Emferrin (Utah) on 08/10/2015


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?!

Non-Surgical Alternatives
Posted by Auralsplint (Justin, Texas Usa) on 08/06/2015

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

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Posted by Shelley (Charleston, South Carolina) on 07/27/2015

Dear Sun,

I am sorry for your loss. My dog is a part of me and I would give my life for my dog. I don't have $ to pay for the surgery so I don't know what to do... I wish a Dr. could help me. I mean if veterinary loves animals than what I don't get is why a vet won't help me.

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Posted by Lisa (San Francisco, Ca) on 07/04/2015

Hi my dog has a small aural hematoma & I'd like to first try herbal treatment. Can you let me know how you made the yunnan b powder into a paste, did you use an oil or just a little water & how long did you leave it on? Should it stay moist or dry while on? Thanks!

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Posted by Jeanne (Oconto, Wi) on 06/29/2015

Does arnica salve work too?

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Posted by Daniel (Justin, Texas Usa) on 06/23/2015

The use of the Auralsplint to correct the hematoma is in case studies at present and will be made available this year. In order to use the auralsplint, first the hematoma must be drained within 7 days of onset, or sooner. Thereafter or until time of the auralsplint treatment is applied, no longer than 5 days should pass without a needle aspiration to remove the fluids and keep a blood clot from forming in the hematoma cavity. As long as most of the fluid can be aspirated, the auralsplint treatment can be effective, corrective, and help keep the ear from shriveling.

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Posted by Purushotham (India) on 06/01/2015

Please tell me how to treat Hematoma with this Arnica oil..? How to apply this ..? Will this treat the Hematoma without a surgery ..? Please help me my pet is suffering with this from past 3 weeks.

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Posted by Tracie (Idaho) on 05/13/2015

Hi, my 12 year old kitty has an aural hematoma. We have been using the arnica gel for a couple days. Do you think the oil would be better? Any feedback would be much appreciated!!! :-)

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Posted by Schalana ( Van Buren, Arkansas) on 05/05/2015

Thank you for this post.

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Posted by Bonnie ( Npr Fl.) on 04/26/2015

My cat has ear hematoma, been two days now. I cleaned the black stuff, what I could, out of her swollen ear. Where can I buy the arnica at?

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Posted by Dot ( Pittsburgh, Pa) on 04/19/2015

Great remedy, for a perplexing problem. Thank you very much.

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Posted by Terry ( Tallahassee Florida 32308) on 04/16/2015

My dog's ear flap is full. I can't afford to go to the vet as I recently lost my job. I'm trying to sell my furniture to take her. She doesn't act like it's bothering her but I don't want her to suffer. She's 10. How long can I leave it and is there anything I can do. Please give me some suggestions. Thank you.

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Posted by James (Los Angeles) on 04/10/2015

Simple solution, popsicle stick for support, duct tape for pressure. Let nature take its course.

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Posted by Matthew (Allenton, Michigan) on 04/05/2015

Where can I find Arnica oil and how often do you use it?

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Posted by Dekcotta (New Albany, Indiana) on 04/01/2015

I have a full bleeded boxer and her ear flap is swollen. So can I try to put ice on in to see if that will help?

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Posted by Jennifer (Montgomery, Alabama) on 03/16/2015

Hello, I was wondering how many times you had to drain it on your animals? My cat has one on his ear and we've drained it two or three times now but it keeps swelling back up, I was unaware that he had mites in his ears until it was to late so now I was just wondering how often you have to drain it? We also bought the arnica oil and are applying that to it. Thank you in advance for any help.

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Posted by Deborah (Fishkill Ny) on 03/07/2015

Does anyone know the oral dosage for cats?

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Posted by Erica (Amarillo, Tx) on 02/21/2015

Hello I just saw your reply about your dog and swollen ear.. I know it's been a while since you wrote this, but my cat has same thing and I'm just struggling to know if I should take him to vet. He seems fine, it's just realy swollen and hangs front.. So my question is you didn't do anything? Didn't drain it either just left it alone?

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Posted by Elizabeth (Rochester, Ny) on 02/12/2015

Just wondering how big some of the hematoma were and what they felt like? Did they ever get firm at all. We're dealing with the 2nd for our pup. Went 11 years with none and now 2 in one year :( last time we had a canula put in and it let the ear keep draining. It was a mess!! With a toddler and in our new smaller space we just can't go through that again. Looking for a better option than surgery!

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Posted by Wendi Akers (Texas) on 02/11/2015

I just spent $1100 on my mastiff's hematoma for the surgical lance and stitch option that this new vet (I just moved here) threw out there as the only option. Welp, now he had one on his other ear yesterday. I chose the non surgical drain option this time and guess what? When I got him from the vet yesterday the growth is back full force in the previous $1100 ear! Ugh :-/

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/08/2015

Hey Stela!

Google is your friend :) Just enter "arnica oil Los Angeles CA" and you will get hits.

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Posted by Ladymars (Florida, Us) on 01/08/2015

Hi, I find dried arnica in the herb section of a Mexican market. We mix it with olive oil in a bottle and keep to rub on sore muscles and joint aches. Also available online, but only $1-2 in store. Might find it in hispanic or herb section of large supermarket also.

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Posted by Stela (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/07/2015

Where can I find Arnica for dogs with Ear hematoma?

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Posted by Eugenia (Altadena/ca/usa) on 01/01/2015

Kilihunebabe, thank you for the information. I wonder how big is your dog? I need to decide the right dosage for my 30 pounds Shiba Inu. Thanks!

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Posted by Mayan2012 (Canada) on 12/14/2014

Up-date from July 2014 Dog's neck hematoma.(size of baseball)

It was successfully treated with bentonite clay applied on hematoma, turmeric and garlic internally. It drained 3 times on its own when bentonite clay was applied and left on area. Healing time was approx 6 weeks.

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Posted by Kilihunebabe (Tacoma, Wa) on 12/01/2014

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!

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Posted by Becky (Illinois) on 11/21/2014

Hi Lois....I just came home from vet and my 11 yr old boston has a hematoma. Surgery is not an option as we don't think she would survive. Can you tell me what type of arnica oil you used and how much? I would really like to try this while it is small. Thanks bunches!

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Posted by Diamond (Ma.) on 11/21/2014

Some times prednisone has a huge negative kick back to the immune system, especially if taken too often. Good Luck

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