Ear Hematoma Average Cost

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Average Cost

$250

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What is Ear Hematoma?

The visible outer area of the ear that is affected by a hematoma plays an important role in hearing function. It collects sound waves, concentrates them, and funnels into the middle and inner ear. While it is possible that an ear hematoma can resolve on its own, the condition causes significant discomfort and takes a minimum of several weeks to heal. If you notice that your cat is displaying possible symptoms, a prompt visit to the vet is warranted.

Ear hematoma, also called aural hematoma or auricular hematoma, is a common ear problem in cats. It is a painful condition that results when a blood vessel ruptures and blood and fluid fill the area between the skin and cartilage in the ear. A moderate to severe swelling of the ear can occur within minutes of rupture. If not treated promptly, the condition can result in permanent deformity.

Symptoms of Ear Hematoma in Cats

The primary symptom of ear hematoma is a swelling of the outer area of the ear. This can range from a slight bulge to an extreme swelling that resembles a balloon. The condition typically occurs on only one ear. The cat will likely display signs of pain, exhibit scratching and head shaking, and may tilt the head to one side.

Causes of Ear Hematoma in Cats

Ear hematomas are almost always preceded by another medical condition. The most common causes are:

  • Chronic ear infections
  • Ear mites 
  • Chronic allergies
  • Immune disorder
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Blunt trauma to skull
  • Deep wounds (most often resulting from fights with other cats)

Diagnosis of Ear Hematoma in Cats

Ear hematoma in cats is easy to diagnose with a physical examination. Discovering and properly treating the underlying cause is necessary to avoid recurrence.

Treatment of Ear Hematoma in Cats

It is recommended that you seek veterinary attention for ear hematomas as soon as possible. Small hematomas often grow in size, and the larger the hematoma, the longer it will take to heal. Treating the condition quickly will result in a better chance for full recovery. 

The pain caused by an ear hematoma will likely subside in a few days. If left untreated the ear will eventually reabsorb the fluid, and the condition will resolve itself. However, this is not recommended. The affected area will continue to be swollen and scar tissue will develop, leaving behind an unsightly condition that is referred to as “cauliflower ear.” 

There are several treatment options available. Your veterinarian will decide which is right depending on the size of the hematoma, the length of time the ear has been affected, and his or her personal preference.

Surgery with Sutures

Surgery with sutures is the most common treatment for ear hematoma in cats. The cat is placed under anesthesia and a small cut is made to the underside of the ear. The fluid is allowed to drain out and multiple sutures are placed in the affected area. This not only treats the hematoma but also helps to prevent reoccurrence. The ear may or may not be bandaged after surgery. Stitches are removed in 2-3 weeks and as long as the underlying condition has been properly treated the animal has a good chance at full recovery. 

Surgery Without Sutures

This method is very similar to the one above, with the exception of the use of sutures. After the ear has drained it is taped over a rolled bandage and left to heal. Owners will be required to be more vigilant with aftercare due to the fact that the wound has not been closed. This option is commonly used on show cats as there is less of a chance of ear deformity following treatment.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Your veterinarian may choose this option if the hematoma is very small. A needle is inserted into the affected area to remove the fluid and a drainage tube may be inserted. This method is less effective and leaves a greater chance that the hematoma will reoccur. It is usually only recommended for animals that can’t tolerate general anesthesia.

Recovery of Ear Hematoma in Cats

Following surgery, cats will likely be provided with pain control medications. Tranquilizers may also be used to keep the animal calm. A cone-shaped Elizabethan collar, or “e-collar”, may be placed over the head to avoid scratching or irritating the surgical site. This should be kept on until the wound is completely healed. Bandages must be kept clean and dry, and a trip to the vet may be necessary if the bandage gets wet or is otherwise damaged. Follow-up visits are needed to ensure that the condition is healing properly and that the underlying cause has been eliminated. Full recovery typically occurs in two to three weeks. If ear scratching or head shaking reoccurs, a return visit to the veterinarian will be necessary to address the underlying cause.

Ear Hematoma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tiger
Maine Coon
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

vertigo
Sleepiness
Wont eat or drink
Puffy ear

Medication Used

Selamectin
Clindamycin drops
Meclizine

I have a male cat, around 11 years old. He had hematoma's in both ears, his left one was huge, and the right was smaller. He was shaking his head so much and he ended up getting really bad vertigo. I took him to the vet and wanted to get him surgery, but the vet suggested only draining it. So they drained it yesterday, and now today it looks like his left ear is filled back up. Can a hematoma fill back up after one day of being drained, or is it just puffy from being inflamed after the drainage?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Fluid can return within hours of being drained, sometimes an incision is required to allow the fluid to drain whilst the condition is healing; there are various approaches but you should speak with your Veterinarian about a more long term solution if the ear keeps filling up this fast as sometimes draining is a short term measure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Saber
Maine Coon Tabby Mix
18 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Itchy Red Ear Discharge
Swollen Red Ear

What does an ear hematoma typically cost for a cat? The vet quoted $315. Is that normal? My indoor cat is 18 years old and the vet said he had no ear mites, but we have a 4 month kitten that might've bitten his ear and caused it to swell and get infected because there is a smelly discharge coming out from the outer side of the ear.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
A quotation of $315 is a very good price as ear hematomas may cost as much as three times that or more in some places; you should ask your Veterinarian what that includes and doesn’t include. Prices vary with location, severity, level of aftercare and your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I was a bit worried at first because when I did my own research I read that it can't be more than $160. Plus, none of my cats have ever had surgery of any kind, so I just wanted to be sure. Thank you so much for your help!

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Boots
Tuxedo cat
About 6
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, scratching, head shaking

Hello so my cat has a hematoma I am pretty sure and don’t have the money for a $250 procedure to get him surgery to remove it. I want to make sure he’s not in any pain or how much worse it could get because he seems uncomfortable with it. He is always messing with it and shaking his head and his ear is always down now. Are there other less expensive ways I can treat it?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Some ear hematomas may resolve on their own, but this can take weeks and is not comfortable for the cat during this time; also the weight of the ear will cause pawing and head shaking which may exasperate the condition. There are many ‘at home’ treatments touted online, but I don’t have reliable evidence of their efficacy; if cost is an issue, you should try speaking with the charity clinics and nonprofits in your area for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
Short haired male ??
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Extreme swelling of ear flap

I car for a feral cat who had an aural hematoma. He is 5 years old, friendly to a point, neutered. He has had many ticks in the Fall & often will be attacked by a local stray (unneutered). I want to get him to a vet but I have seen online that it is very expensive to treat. I don't have the money for a feral, although he is very dear to me! (I also have two house cats & several other ferals to care for.)

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

I understand the costs of treating an ear haematoma may be expensive, especially for a feral cat; but unfortunately there isn’t an at home treatment that can be performed as the swollen ear flap requires opening up, haematoma removed, any bleeding vessels cauterised and buttons or a splint sutured in place to prevent further swelling, afterwards everything needs to be removed at another date. This can be difficult to control in a feral cat as they may pull out, scratch or shake their head causing further problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pumba
domestic short hair
Between 10 and 13
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

losijg weight
foul smelling
Bleeding from ear
Watery eyes

Hi, I have an older female cat. I noticed my cats ear starting to look funny, looked into it and there was a lot of brown
Searched ear mites and treated her for them. She didn't seem to get better, if anything it got worse.
There's blood now and a really foul smell.
I don't have a lot of money so I can't really afford a visit to the vet.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Ear mites usually smell like coffee grounds which is a diagnostic indicator. It is possible that the cause isn’t ear mites, other causes may be due to bacterial or fungal infection, wax accumulation due to irritation. Since there is the presence of blood with a foul smell, I recommend visiting your Veterinarian regardless of cost. It sounds like an infection, treatment with an ear cleaner and an antifungal antibiotic medication prescribed by your Veterinarian, possibly with a test to determine the type of bacteria or fungus present to best direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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