Chester’s Left Ear Hematoma Update

I massaged Chester’s left ear with warm towel for 3 days after the discovery of hematoma. Unfortunately the method didn’t work. Come Saturday, we had him taken to the vet. Surgery is recommended but I asked the vet to just drain the fluid.

This is how it looks like after the draining. Just like a normal ear but the area is a bit purplish. The vet took a syringe to drain all the fluid. Fills up to 3 to 4 syringe tubes.

This method of draining fluid has very small successful rate as it requires several time of draining and most of the time hematoma will appear again.

3 days after the draining, Chester’s aural hematoma is back (I expected that). Will be bringing him to the vet soon for another round of draining. This picture didn’t do the justice. It’s big.

There is the option of leaving the aural hematoma to heal on its own. The liquid will be absorbed back to the ear. But then that will be too much as it takes time to heal and it’s painful for the dog when the liquid is pressuring the ear. There’s also the after effect. The effected area will not look normal again. The ear will be crinkled up… looking like cauliflower due to new growing tissue.

I don’t want hematoma surgery for my dog (as long as he’s not in pain) because of so many reasons. A year and half ago, Chester had surgery to remove hematoma at his right ear. The suffering part for my dog is post-anesthesia. I don’t want him to go through that again. The 4 weeks after his surgery was the worst month of my life. And even after the surgery, the hematoma came back and Chester had to had another surgery. AND after all that, his right ear didn’t heal nicely. It crinkles a bit. So you see my point? It’s like no point going for the surgery.

So my approach is to drain the fluid when necessary and let it heals on its own. I’m not sure whether this is the right move. But at least my golden won’t be suffering. Of course all these depends on situation. If it becomes worse then I might consider. But then there’s also the question of whether his heart is strong for the surgery.

I don’t mind a crinkle ear. He’s still my dog. And I love him very much no matter what. XOX

Ahh finally I have him looking at me. Had to make a stupid sound to achieve that. Dogs… HA!

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  • Reply Dawn April 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Awwwww…..I love the last picture of Chester….the devotion on his eyes! πŸ™‚ I know what you mean when your dog is in pain. I think we owners feel it more than the dogs….according to my vet. But it really aches to see your dog shaking from pain.

  • Reply jam April 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Why his hematoma problem never go away? Poor dog & poor MU…

  • Reply keeyit April 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Poor chester.. pity pity..

  • Reply xin April 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    poor doggy, hopefully it will really heal on its own πŸ™

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Dawn, I wish dogs can tell us whether they’re in pain or not. πŸ™

    Jam, this is new problem on another ear. Happened due to ear mites/constant shaking of head(as dogs love to do that).

    Keeyit, I’m sad le.

    Xin, yeah I hope so too.

  • Reply wuching April 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    drain it yourself, I’m sure it’s not that hard..just make sure everything is clean & sterile to avoid infection. try lah

  • Reply fufu April 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    lol last picture!! =p

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Wuching, tried liao. He winced in pain. Alamak!

    Fufu, haha why lol?

  • Reply xin April 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    my dog wore that before too and it looked hilarious! The collar would shake left and right as my dog walked. damn cute. but oooops the dogs must be suffering and im laughing here =/

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Xin, collar move left and right means the collar is too loose I guess. Today I had another hilarious laugh at my dog as well. I placed his blanket on his body and he goes round and round trying to take the blanket away but to no avail. πŸ˜›

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