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Old 01-18-2010, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Boxer broke a blood vessel in his ear, so almost half his ear is filled up with blood. The Vet said they would charge me $42 bucks to look at it plus what ever they feel like charging for draining it.

Anyone have a suggestion? or had this happen? I don't have the money to go and have them recklessly charge me for this, which is what they usually do.
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My female has just done this, too. I think it needs to be drained and is the normal protocol, as it can cause other complications and deformity. I don't know what my vet is going to charge, but it makes me glad I have the pet insurance right about now! Good luck, and I hope there's not any underlying ear issues which caused it.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is Brumus –



His ears were naturally like this although when he was a pup they were floppy. Eventually they looked like the Flying Nuns Hat, then straight up they went and stayed by the time he was a year old.

When he was an old man he had a blood vessel rupture in one of his ears. Because of his 1) age, 2) the fact that draining the blood would be for cosmetic reasons only 3) and since he had been totally blind since age 3 making vet visits scary and stressful for him, the vet and I decided to leave it be and allow the blood to coagulate.

For the remainder of his life the one ear hung down and was thick and lumpy.

Never had this happen with one of my Boxers or any other dogs.

Are your Boxer’s ears cropped or natural? How old when this happened? Did your vet give an explanation as to why this happened? I cannot remember if the vet gave me an explanation as to why this happened other than his age. Brumus died in 1984.
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He wacked his ear on the arm of a chair a couple days ago when shaking his head. His ears are natural, see pic.

The vet said it would cost $230 plus to drain/fix it.

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He wacked his ear on the arm of a chair a couple days ago when shaking his head. His ears are natural, see pic.The vet said it would cost $230 plus to drain/fix it.
Wow! He is a beautiful boy. How sad this happened. Brumus' ear was not the prettiest after his blood vessel ruptured and the blood got hard inside of it.

With the economy what it is now the vet told me that he has seen owners make hard choices as to what they can do and not do for their beloved pets. If it was me and if I could afford it, I would go ahead and have the blood drained.. But if money is tight, there is no shame in not doing this as it is cosmetic and should not be painful for him.
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I had a German short haired pointer that had a blood vessel rupture in her ear once, my vet told me that if i did not get it taken care of that the blood would thicken or clot in the ear and require surgery.
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There are two major problems with ear hematomas. 1) They seem to hurt pretty badly in some cases. In others this doesn't appear to be true. 2) They cause scarring when they heal that can crumple the ear. This is not just a cosmetic issue because if the crumpling obstructs or alters the ear canal it can lead to a situation in which ear infections are very hard to control.

So I recommend surgery to relieve the pain as quickly as possible when the ear seems to hurt a great deal and when the hematoma is large enough that it really looks like it won't heal without significant scarring.

Your vet will let you know what options are available to treat the dog ear hematoma. The options will be based on the size of the hematoma and how painful it is for the dog. Vets will usually aspirate, prescribing a cortisone product, or remove the hematoma surgically.
Needle Aspiration of Ear Hematomas

Aspiration is when a doctor injects a fine needle into the hematoma to remove any fluids that have built-up. The vet may then apply a drainage device into the puncture wound so the owner can then massage any fluid out of the ear on a daily basis.
Using Cortisone to Treat the Dog Ear

A cortisone product could be taken orally in lieu of aspiration or surgery. Cortisone can help ease the discomfort of the itching and scarring. However, it may take a month or so for the ear to fully heal. Antibiotics will often be prescribed with the cortisone treatments to help treat any underlying ear problems or prevent infection.
Surgery to Treat Ear Hematomas in Dogs

Surgery is usually the method veterinarians prefer to treat dog ear hematomas since the success rate is higher than the other treatments previously discussed. The surgery is often a simple procedure that involves anesthesia. The vet will cut the hematoma open, remove any blood clots, and drain the fluid. Stitches are then sewn to help ensure the hematoma will not return

When it comes to dog ear hematomas, one thing is certain: small hematomas will always turn into big hematomas. Seeking prompt treatment for a dog with an ear hematoma will ensure an easier and faster healing process.

I hope this helps!
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Shiro's Mom.... thx he is a good lookin boy isn't he.

Well I took him in to hopefully get the ear drained. He was in the vets a week ago because he tore one of his toenails up both sides of the quick vane. They clipped all his nails except the one that was split and glued it together instead. The nail they didn't clip was lifting every time he stood on it, which caused dirt to get in it. When I went to the vet for his ear they said, well we should operate on that toe and while we are at it, we should stitch the ear after draining it. I am disappointed because his ear looks like a bunch of hacks did the work. There is no way it is going to be normal once healed. In addition, they shaved his head all around the ear unnecessarily.
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Hannah did this also, but what the ?!&%! My vet said that this is going to resolve on its own???? I'm not thinking so. She seems miserable and her ear is looking really stupid now, darn it!
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NHTriton, I am so sorry you had such a bad experience with your vet. He/She should have fully explained the surgery and what to expect afterwards in your boys recovery. I think it is sometimes difficult being in a new situations because we do not always know what to ask. I assume the surgery was to the inside of your boys ear. It could be that in time his ear could look okay on the outside with only the scars showing in the inside. At least, I hope.

Hannah, I sort of doubt that your vet is right about the blood resolving, but it could happen if there is was not a lot of leakage. It is possible that some or all of the blood can break down and be absorbed back into your dog’s body.

My brother had an aortic descending dissection starting at the arc of the aorta going all the way down into both thighs. A dissection is when the inner layer of the aorta tears and a false lumen of blood is created from the pressure of the beating heart. What this means is that the blood pressure has created a second channel of blood along the inside of the aortic layers traveling through the body. If not diagnosed immediately death usually quickly follows. My brother survived and is doing well, as though nothing ever happened.

I was curious about the blood in the false lumen. What would happen to it when the aorta stopped ripping apart. I learned that some of the blood was expected to be absorbed back into his body, but that most of it would form a clot that would remain in his body forever. It does not hurt, nor does he feel it.
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