After 8 looong months, the hematoma has subside. Proven fact that dog’s aural hematoma can heal on its own but for my dog case it isn’t 100% healed yet. Coz if he flaps a little more than usual, a small amount of liquid will be noticeable.
So did I do anything to help his hematoma?
Sometimes I will massage the swelling area. Just some light massage for say 10 seconds. Although I do not know whether it helps but I did see some changes the very next day. There are days when the hematoma subside a little but grown to become larger after that. Ouchy ouch. Takes a lot of patient. 8 months!!!
Also my dog had the Elizabeth collar on when no one is around and at night. This was to prevent him from scratching and flapping his ears.
If you’re a long time follower of my blog you would know that 2 years ago my dog had surgery on his right ear for hematoma. It was a scary experience.
Anyway let’s compare both his right and left ear as of today’s condition…
Right ear (hematoma surgery, 2008).
Left ear (hematoma non-surgery, 2010)
Due to the self healed ordeal, it has left some scarring (some tissues has grown making the ear thicker) at his ear.
Today’s condition: right ear (hematoma surgery)
Oh yeah even after surgery, scarring will occur.
Today’s condition: left ear (hematoma non-surgery)
Let’s have a look at the thickness of his left ear…
Thickness of left ear (hematoma area)
Thickness of left ear (non-hematoma area)
Big different ya?
I told him not to move while I photographed his ears. He gave me this smile after everything is done.
So what now? My dog is not wearing the lamp shade anymore. But if I observe any kind of problem, I’ll put the lamp shade on him instantly for say few days.
Advice for dog’s owner: if you ever find a hematoma, please please please bring your dog to the vet. Do not make the ‘let it heal on its own’ decision yourself. This is a special case.