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Old 03-23-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Hi! I came across these old posts searching on-line about my Golden's ears. His vet is recommending this "surgery" and quoted my $832.00. I called another vet, and without him seeing Hercules, he said that sounded about right, but couldn't confirm without seeing him. I paid $230.00 for the initial diagnosis. I can not afford to take him to another vet just agree with the first, and I definately can not afford the $830 surgery. I will say this, I have been feeding him garlic, which he loves, and plain yogurt. In 2-3 days plus the Otic ear cleaning he is now 100% better except for the hematoba. Any thoughts or further advice?
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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I think you mean "hematoma", a blood blister in his ear? If it bursts, it will be a bloody mess, soon to be infected, requiring more antibiotics and a professional cleaning and stitching. So, you are going to be out money no matter. IMO, better to have the vet drain/treat it now and spare your dog the pain of having it longer. My Weim got one years ago and even though the vet took care of it, it was a mess and clearly she was in pain.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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How much garlic have you been giving him? In large enough doses over time, garlic can be harmful to his red blood cells.

Is it a hematoma that he has? The cost seems high for a hematoma repair. It seem right on for a ear canal removal, which is sometimes a last resort for ear infections that won't go away. I guess I'd recommend a second opinion. If you take all the results of the diagnostics he's already had then the second opinion appointment shouldn't cost nearly as much.

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Old 03-23-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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You need to get him to the vet and have it taken care of. This is not something that is going to go away on it's own and can be very painful. It needs to be cut and drained so it can heal and your dog can start feeling better.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: California
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It is Hematoma. Without draining it will eventually shrivel and be more costly. No way is draining the ear $800+....unless it has already gotten past that point and they are recommending full surgery.This is not something that can be remedied with yogurt and is not something that can be ignored. Sign up for a payment plan, because something has to be done.
Been through it numerous times with my Goldens.

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Old 03-23-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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If you need help with vet costs you can got to CareCredit® Healthcare Finance - Payment Plans and Financing for Cosmetic Surgery, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Veterinary & Other Medical Procedures and sign up for one of their programs. There is a drop down box for you to select the type of doctor. Select veterinary, and a list of vets in your area who participate in the program will come up.
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:14 PM
 
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remove chicken from your dogs diet-this is the most often food allergy that causes ear problems. i did it- and after YEARS of gunky ears, my dogs ear are free from itching and oozing
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:16 PM
 
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soak it-sterilize it-and poke it-these are animals that do not need 1000,00 treatments-its an abcess-you can do it! just remain as sterile and hot soaks to continue draining it-get an antibiotic for the week of.
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:41 AM
 
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soak it-sterilize it-and poke it-these are animals that do not need 1000,00 treatments-its an abcess-you can do it! just remain as sterile and hot soaks to continue draining it-get an antibiotic for the week of.
I get that you hate vets for whatever reason but telling people they can treat everything at home is just wrong and quite frankly dangerous.

To anyone reading this please DO not do this at home. Take your dog to the vet. All sorts of things can go wrong, not to mention the dog may need some pain medicine. Lancing a hematoma is not a DIY project.

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