When a dog gets a large or severe hematoma, it can be hard to know how to treat it properly. Hematomas can be open or closed, thin or thick, scarring or non-scarring.
The term hematoma comes from the word hemorrhage and describes the red liquid that fills the damaged area. The term damage refers to the actual size of the hematoma, whether it is small and thin or wide and thick.
Healable hematomas are normal looking, sometimes called benign hematomas. If a more suspiciously malignant tumor is involved, then doctors may recommend non-invasive treatment such as ultrasound resection. Removal of the tumor may help return it to normal shape faster!
This article will discuss ways to treat an ear hemangtoma at home in case your dog has one.
Causes of a dog ear hematoma
As mentioned earlier, dogs get blood in their ears when they react to bloodied prey items like dead cats or small dogs.
When this occurs, your dog will experience a sensation of pressure around the affected area. This is due to the blood flowing around the sensitive cartilage that holds the ear drum together.
This can be fun to look at! He will smile while he does this, and you can ask him what he sees.
He may also lick or rub his ear which can cause pain and a bloody discharge. If your dog is experiencing any of these things, it is worth checking out home treatments such as applying ice or placing cotton wool into their ear until drainage takes place.
Another cause of a dog ear hematoma is genetics. Some dogs are more prone to hair loss around the area where the ear drum meets the outside world than others.
Treating a dog ear hematoma
When a hematoma occurs in a dog’s eye or ear, it can be very painful. A hematoma is a small swollen area that does not break off and starts to bleed.
Heal quickly possible. Because of its location, access to it is limited, making it even more critical to heal this injury quickly.
Because of the risk of infection, only treat an ear hematoma when the dog is able to appear alert and comfortable. You can try applying alcohol and/or saline if these treatments are available at home, but the vet can also help.
To prevent further bleeding, wrap the affected arm or leg in a towel or sack as the vet does with tamping down the bleeding. To make sure the vet knows which arm or leg needs attention, tell them which side has been hurt recently.
Prevention of a dog ear hematoma
What can your dog do if he has a hematoma? Canning a hematoma can be tricky.
The best way to prevent a dog ear hematoma is to clean the wound regularly. This includes cleaning the wound at the time of bleeding and at every wound care treatment.
Once the bleeding has stopped, cutting out the hematoma can be difficult. Keeping a bandage on the infected area will help prevent minor cuts opening up again.
In order to treat or prevent a dog ear hematoma, you must take care of it regularly. Doing nothing can lead to permanent damage or scarring.
Know the signs of a dog ear hematoma
When a dog has a hematoma, it can be hard to know if it is a big one or a small one. A hematoma is a swelling of the tissue around the ear canal.
A hematoma can be large and stick out, or it can be small and round. A hematoma that is very large and solid may require medical attention immediately, such as surgury.
Healable hematomas are easy to heal. Most of the time, dogs just take some pain killers and they are back playing with you before you realize it. Easy healed hematomas may require surgery to correct the swelling or cure the injury.
The most important part of treating an easy healed hematoma is talking to your dog about what happened. You want to make sure they know how much pain they were in and that they should feel relieved when treated.
Seek veterinary care immediately if
A hematoma is a hard, swollen protrusion of blood inside a skin or flesh cavity. Heavily bleeding dogs can suffer a hematoma to the top of his/her ear.
It can happen in dogs in the series, twice in one year is very likely. The first time it may be nothing serious, just a little swelling. However, the second time it can be more extensive and possibly painful.
If it happens twice in one year, it must be treated very soon after the first occurrence. If it happens once every year, then no treatment is needed!
A hematoma does not usually break open and bleed like a normal raw blood vessel does. It must be treated with something to close the cut or seal the wound so that new blood doesn’t escape.
There are various ways to treat a hematoma at home. You can use warm water and soft cotton batting to try and reduce any pain or swelling. You can also seek out some local anaesthetic if you think this is what caused the pain.