Aural Hematoma Remedies

| Modified on Aug 19, 2021
Leave the Hematoma Alone
Posted by Loraine (Orlando, FL) on 07/20/2014
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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, this can save someone's dog from surgery, a lot of pain and some money.....thanks for listening...

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Posted by Albert (California) on 09/07/2015
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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 Julie (Akron, Ny) on 06/08/2016
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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.

Aural Hematoma Remedies
Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 01/19/2014

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.

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Posted by Lois (Canada) on 11/21/2014
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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

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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...

Leave the Hematoma Alone
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.

Let It Heal on Its Own
Posted by Linda (Pitt Meadows, BC Canada) on 08/14/2008
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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.

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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 Dot ( Pittsburgh, Pa) on 04/19/2015
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Great remedy, for a perplexing problem. Thank you very much.

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

Aural Hematoma Remedies
Posted by Racquel (Orlando) on 05/14/2014

Hi EC....I need you guys opinion urgently on a problem I have with my 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...

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

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

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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 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.

Aural Hematoma Remedies
Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 05/14/2014

Hi Raquel, I just went through this with one of my dogs. You can see my post on the aural hematoma page of this site. He got a huge hematoma the size of his ear flap on his left ear and then a smaller one the size of a silver dollar on his right ear as soon as the first one had healed. I couldn't believe it!!!

It was a LONG ordeal to heal the big hematoma, but thankfully a much easier time for the smaller one. If the hematoma is large and putting too much pressure on your dog's ear opening, I suggest you do the small surgery ASAP and get a drainage cap put in. Don't let your dog suffer with the intense heat and pressure from the blood building up in the ear. Don't do the other surgery where they stitch the ear, which is an older procedure most vets don't perform anymore. What my vet did was insert a drainage cap at the top of the ear flap. A very easy procedure. Just know that you will be emptying a small drainage cap twice a day and gently pushing the fluid up from the ear and out and it smells awful. Have paper towels ready!

If you get this drainage cap in, don't take it out until you are sure there is no more fluid coming out, which can take about 3-4 weeks. We pulled out the drainage cap too soon (after 20 days) and had to have another one put in 2 days later because the ear swelled back up. We had to wait until enough scar tissue built up in the ear and then the fluid/blood finally stopped. But it took 6 weeks total and he had to wear a soft fabric Elizabethean collar for all of it (though I took it off for his walks).

If the hematoma is only in one section of the ear flap, watch it to make sure it doesn't keep getting any bigger. If it doesn't grow, leave it alone. Don't even have the vet drain it (which is very painful for the dog) and it will heal in a few week's time without any intervention.

My vet told me she's been treating more hematomas this year in dogs than in years past, and she's not quite sure why. Let me know if you have any questions about this and good luck!

Aural Hematoma Remedies
Posted by Terry (Ontario) on 06/03/2014

My lab had an accident with a stick. It cut her tongue and she was in severe pain We used Arnica for trauma and took her to the emergency vet which really did not accomplish anything accept trying to give 4 different types of medication ad offered to clean the area out but there was no guarantee that they would get everything. I flushed her mouth with lugo'ls iodine and hydrogen peroxide for the next 2 days. Fast forward dog recovered nicely with arnica and 2 cloves of garlic daily.

About 10 days later a lump started to grow on her neck. It was the size of a golf ball and hard. I massaged it and it moved to the front of her neck and continued to get bigger. (the size of a tennis ball). I took her to a holistic vet and it was diagnosed as a hematoma after a needle aspiration. I was given 2 homeopathic remedies and was told it would take time to heal. The vet believed it was caused by the stick accident and would resolve on its own. I continued with the garlic and added turmeric powder 1 tsp 2 times daily. In about 6 days the lump became soft and the hair around the lump fell off but the size did not decrease.

She had scratched it so I decided to apply benonite clay in the morning of the 14 day after seeing the vet. In that same evening I noticed a black round patch under the scratch. It was wet to touch. I took my dog into the bathroom and laid her on a towel. With her lying on her side I squeezed the black spot softly and bingo, it started to drain. It took 4 hours. What amazed me was that splinters came out with the blood. It was blood with no pus and no smell. For the next 2 days it continued to seep and was hard to keep gauze on because of the position of the where the small hole was draining.

Two days later I have applied bentonite clay 3 times a day and rinsing it with lugols iodine mixed with distilled water. It is not filling up and looks like it is starting to heal. I believe the bentonite clay helped pull what had been lodged somewhere in her mouth area and had worked its way down her throat. I would have thought first hand that this would have been an abscess, however there was never any fever and no pus or discharge. I feel that the turmeric, bentonite clay and garlic were key to this hematoma rupturing on its own without surgical intervention.

Aural Hematoma Remedies
Posted by Mayan2012 (Canada) on 12/14/2014
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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.

Posted by Auralsplint (Justin, Texas) on 08/19/2021
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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
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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.

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

Let It Heal on Its Own
Posted by Berklan (North Carolina) on 10/01/2017
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My dog's (aural hematoma) went back to normal in about a week.

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

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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!

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Posted by Carolyn (California) on 09/08/2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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