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Old 07-17-2012, 04:17 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Please be religious in your use of antibiotic for the corneal scratch - I had a dog get one just a week ago and I wasn't aware of how quickly those things can go bad and do irreparable harm. And please let us know how your dog is doing?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Cost and that there is no guarantee it will not happen again and it can go away on it's own.

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The recurrence rate is lower for marsupialization vs simple I&D.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Yes stan,
and the dog could shake it's head, hit the ear on something get it caught in the chain link fence or get it pinched some how causing another hematoma.

Surgery always comes with risk of death and infection.

I'm a hands on person.

to the op sounds like your on the way to recovery.
make sure the drain is not getting clogged and try to keep it clean.
Try to keep your dog from scratching at it, probably how the eye got scratched.



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The recurrence rate is lower for marsupialization vs simple I&D.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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We do plenty of these surgeries at the animal hospital where I work. It is the quickest easiest way to fix the ear. We have seen way too many dogs suffer more than necessary when their owners want to lance it each time. For me, there is just too much risk involved doing it at home. We charge around $300 plus antibiotics and pain meds. Luckily, we rarely see these dogs back for another hematoma. I'm glad your dogs surgery went well!
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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A couple of bucks for a syringe and all is well with no problems. (and if not, you can still go to the vet)
Do you go to the hospital for a blood blister?
Because they are very simpler.

Surgery is no guarantee it will never happen again
as it is a broken blood vessel that has caused it.

A dog can break a blood vessel by just shaking it's head, scratching it's ear, a playful nip from another dog while playing or any countless ways.

vets are in the business of making money first and foremost.

I regularly go hunting with a friend who is a veterinarian.

I'm very hands on with my dogs and I think more people should be also.
I don't believe a vet should be used to keep cut your dogs or cats toenails.
as animal owners I believe you should be able and willing to do basic maintenance and or first aid to your pet.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:13 AM
 
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My dog got one of these hematomas a few days ago took her to the vet and had it aspirated with a syringe, it filled right back up again. We are scheduled for surgery in a couple of days and let you know how that goes. I have to assume this is painful for the dog and can`t imagine having to wait for the body to reabsorb it on it`s own and then it can result in disfiguring the ear.
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:48 PM
 
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I've been reading these post and was pretty irritated. I called the humane society they couldn't help because they are over booked but referred me to an office who said it would cost $730. I figured since the humane society referred it would be affordable. Was just about to walk out the door to take my dog there so glad I didn't. Gonna make some phone calls. What a rip off!
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:59 PM
 
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A couple of bucks for a syringe and all is well with no problems. (and if not, you can still go to the vet)
Do you go to the hospital for a blood blister?
Because they are very simpler.

Surgery is no guarantee it will never happen again
as it is a broken blood vessel that has caused it.

A dog can break a blood vessel by just shaking it's head, scratching it's ear, a playful nip from another dog while playing or any countless ways.

vets are in the business of making money first and foremost.

I regularly go hunting with a friend who is a veterinarian.

I'm very hands on with my dogs and I think more people should be also.
I don't believe a vet should be used to keep cut your dogs or cats toenails.
as animal owners I believe you should be able and willing to do basic maintenance and or first aid to your pet.
I would NOT recommend a do it yourself project in this instance. It's not at all like cutting your dogs toenails. No point in letting the dog suffer, it should be treated by someone who is qualified to do so. These are usually much bigger than a blood blister and painful. One of the reasons I don't have more dogs than I do is so that I can afford medical care for the ones I do have.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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If you lance, most like it will keep coming back. If you let it go, it will turn into elephant ear where the flap shrinks up and gets wrinkled looking. The best way is to have the surgery and yes they need to be under anesthesia. Not only is it painful but the dog is not going to sit still while the vet puts a bunch of sutures and or a drain in. It's a very quick and easy surgery. Many times dogs get aural hematomas from shaking their head hard from ear infections. It's important to keep your dog/cats ears clean and free from infection to help prevent it from happening again.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:31 PM
 
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I've been reading these post and was pretty irritated. I called the humane society they couldn't help because they are over booked but referred me to an office who said it would cost $730. I figured since the humane society referred it would be affordable. Was just about to walk out the door to take my dog there so glad I didn't. Gonna make some phone calls. What a rip off!
That sounds like far too high a price based on what others here have paid. I'm the OP, and my dog's hematoma never returned. It took a full 6 months to treat her corneal abrasion though, which probably cost about as much as the surgery did.
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