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03 October 2008 @ 10:55 am
Ear Hematoma  
Yesterday I noticed a quarter sized lump on Albus' ear.  It was all squishy just like it was fluid under the skin.  This morning I took him to the vet and he has a hematoma.  We aren't sure what caused it, he hadn't been shaking his head or anything, but its there.

So he's scheduled for surgery to fix it Monday morning.  Anyone had this surgery before?
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on October 3rd, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Cornholio had one of these before. As I remember, the surgery was pretty straightforward and they inserted a little tube into his ear for drainage while it healed. I don't remember it being a big deal, but his ear had a crooked bit and was a little deformed afterwards.
Susanbusysuzy on October 3rd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Rudy had a similar thing removed just last week. The doctor cut his little ear open and removed the lump completely and then stitched him up. The lump was around the "squiggly" parts of the external ear. He didn't need or get drainage tubes, just self-absorbing stitches (and a nice shaved area around the ear). Easy, peasy! And, the tissue came back negative for cancer, which was a HUGE relief.

Good luck to Albus! I'm sure he'll be fine.
Jessi: beware of dogmissbadexample on October 3rd, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
I can't help, but I want to wish you guys the best of luck.
know all your enemies: dublinkelliee on October 3rd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
we've had 4 hematomas in my house... two of my cats got them in one ear and their ears are now deformed... and my lab got them in both ears. her ears look fine, probably because they are floppy.

what my vet did was basically punch a bunch of tiny holes in the ears and tied string through them... like this. i think what that does is prevent another hematoma from popping up.
Sheri: TINKERBELL LObooksaremyhabit on October 5th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
yes..my Tinkerbell has had this twice..surgery too. Now her ear doesn't stand up anymore