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Date:   30 January, 2011  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits
 
AURAL HAEMATOMA - 
IN A SMALL-BREED DOGS
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written: 28 Feb 2004
Updated:
30 January, 2011
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Singapore dog - right ear swollen with blood - AURAL HAEMATOMAAural haematoma is rarely seen in small canine breeds as they are more common in large breeds. The Papillon Cross dog (left) kept scratching his right ear for several months.  His back half was itchy resulting in more scratching and a change in the colour of skin spots from light brown to black, giving him a two-tone body.  The hairs on this black spotted back did not grow long enough as it would be traumatized. 

Finally, the right ear flopped due to a big swelling in the inside surface of the ear.   It is called an aural haematoma.  The big blood vessels inside the ear flap burst and form a big clot. General anesthesia and surgery were need to remove the clot.  Will the ear then be able to stand up as it used to do so?  The veterinarian cannot guarantee this.  

It will be best to check with your veterinarian early what irritates your pet, saving a lot of pain and anguish for yourself, not forgetting the expenses in having to tranquilize, anaesthetize and operate on the ear.
10-year old Silkie, chronic ear pain and itch

Older dogs need more care. The 10-year old Silkie Terrier has a drooping right ear. It is an aural haematoma.
Complaint: Hair loss on bridge of nose below right eye.  Caused by persistent scratching by paws.  Was it a tumour?

1.  Aural haematoma (small lump at tip of ear). 
Right ear droop - blood clot inside ear.
2.  Both ear canals have black pigmentation indicating a long lasting itch.   Excessive wax and clotted blood.  Ear irrigated.
3.  Small skin wart above eye (removed, stitches seen).
4.  Tartar on molar teeth removed but teeth still in good condition.

Do spare some time to check your older pets, especially those with ear problems.   Otherwise, the persistent scratching leads to bleeding inside the ear pinnae and cause blood clots to form and the ear itself to droop as seen in
this Silkie.

More info at: Dogs or Cats
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