Thursday, December 13, 2012

My dog has an ear hematoma

**** My dog has an ear hematoma***

Rex: Shepherd Mix
Age: 11
Adoption Age: 4 months

My doggie Rex currently has an ear infection on his left ear and a hematoma on the right ear.

I took him to the vet on Sunday and was told of his condition. He was immediately treated for the ear infection but the hematoma was another thing.

The hematoma is currently the size of a nickle and can only be treated with surgery. Which of coarse mean anesthesia.

Reasons why to do it:
It would get rid of the hematoma
His ear will recover with some scaring compared to a self healing ear which shrivels a little
Reasons why not to do it:

He's 11 years old which in human years is senior citizen
He's not in any pain or discomfort.
It can heal itself, although his ear will never be perfect again.
This is exactly what an ear hematoma is:

A hematoma is a collection of blood between the skin and cartilage in a dog's ear flap.
Possible causes: Vigorous shaking of the head, scratching or other injuries.
Self healing can result in: Disfiguration of ear.
The cost of surgery we were quoted was approx. $875 which includes blood work, anesthesia, pain killers, antibiotics, and surgery cost.

Rex might not even be a good candidate for this surgery because of his age and health. But we won't know until his blood work is done again. ( He had blood work done in Jan.)

Cost is not what worries us, my doggie's life is priceless. What we worry about ISanesthesia, his heart and his recovery. I love him and all of my other doggies unconditionally. They are my 'kids' and they are LOVED!!

What we are doing now: We are treating his ear infection and being very vigilant on his ear. There is a 50/50 chance it will heal itself or he will require surgery. We would rather have it heal itself as long as he's not pain. In a week he will have his ear re-checked and we will ask the vet if his ear hematoma is showing signs of healing.

Rex is handsome and we know even if his ear doesn't heal perfectly it will add character to his handsome face :)

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