Of Hematoma & Elizabethan Collar

5 days after the first fluid draining, Chester’s hematoma is back and this time larger than before. *sam tung* We brought him to the vet on Thursday for his second draining. But aiyo he struggled and won’t let the vet do it. Was told that he has irregular heart beat and during his struggling/panting we noticed that Chester’s tongue is bluish purple. Not a good sign.

4 days after first draining.

6 days after first draining. So big eh?

2 days later, on Saturday we visited the vet again. Once we near the clinic, Chester recognizes it and there goes his barking again (it was like he was talking and mumbling to himself haha). This time we left him at the clinic and drove off. The vet advised us to leave him with her because sometimes when the owner is around, the pet will manja a bit. About 1 1/2 hour later I got a call asking me to pick him up. That was fast.

Ahh the vet managed to drain his ear’s hematoma fluid. πŸ™‚ Chester also had his blood sample taken (RM100). A full blood test report will be out today (Monday). I’m praying all his vitality is good. We might also x-ray his heart to see if there’s any problem. Anyhow the vet said he’s not a good candidate for anesthetic (based on his irregular heart beat & tongue color). But we will know more once we know his result.

I bought a Elizabethan collar (25cm diameter) @ RM29.95 from a pet shop while Chester was with the vet.

He came home wearing this afterward. It’s to prevent him from shaking his head thus making the hematoma become worse. But my dog is really intelligent, he found out (I sort of lead the way *blame myself) he can still shake his head with the E-collar on. *aduiiii*

My dog = walking loud speaker
Some of my neighbors came out to have a look at my loud speaker.

It was hilarious seeing him wearing the E-collar for the first time. And he keeps banging on doors and us. Still do.

Don’t let that face trick you. Not looking sad. Just resting. Haha

It’s only 2 days after the second draining but his hematoma is swelling up pretty fast (it’s as big as the first pict) now.

I tried piercing his hematoma on Sunday (after 2nd draining) to release the fluid (as some already accumulated) but failed. I wasn’t fast enough and I think my needle was too thin. Don’t worry I sterilized the needle and my hand with hydrogen peroxide and alcohol before doing all this. Will try again few days later as I think Chester still trust me (more than he trust the vet).

p/s: I must always remember, between inhaled anesthesia(gas) and drug induced anesthesia, the first is the preferred choice.

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  • Reply tekkaus April 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Chester….kesian…but than he looks cute with the collar. Haha πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Tekkaus, looks like a fashion statement! (high collar fashion) Hahaha
    Sometimes I just want to take the collar off. Pity him.

  • Reply Dawn April 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Awwww, that is too bad with his ear. I hope the tests comes back good. Yes, the collor does makes him look like a loud speaker but very funny. At least we can laugh about it.

  • Reply annant April 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

    so kelian…
    chester, see your zhu yan so samtong, must recuperate soon ar! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply jam April 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Poor dog. Now I can see how big is the swelling on his ear. Hope that his report came out ok yesterday.

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Dawn, today I took the collar off a few times. Let him relax a bit. The first thing he did once he’s free of that collar is shake his head n body. Aiyo hahahaha and then lick his elbows.

    Annant, doc said will take about 6 weeks for the hematoma to be absorbed back into his body.

    Jam, yeah I see also sakit hati. Will write another post about the report.

  • Reply beng April 14, 2010 at 5:07 am

    keep us updated on his condition.. poor poor Chester

  • Reply foongpc April 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Poor Chester. He looks so pitiful…

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Beng, sure I will.

    Foongpc, he actually enjoy putting the e-collar on. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tammy Khoo December 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Hi there, I just knicked my dogs ear to release the blood as well. I hope it does not come back again. So far how is your dog. Did he recovery from the hematoma.

    • Reply Che-Cheh December 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Hi, His ear is okay now but not normal looking (wrinkled).

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