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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

StormChaser
Shorthaired
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Swelling

So noticed today that baby has a hematoma. I Vet appointment is for monday, its the earliest they had, but its friday. All the suggested was cleaning the ear and don't let him shake his head. Its small and at the tipof his ear.

Will the affected ear resume its normal position after recovery? My cats has not😫

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Leo
Orange tabby
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
ear hematoma
Swelling

My cat Leo had a small hematoma at the base of his right ear after getting an ear infection. Our veterinarian tried aspirating it since it was small but it recurred, so Leo had surgery with sutures today. I just got home with him and he has been bumping his cone into things, trying to take it off, etc. He hasn’t gotten it off but the ear looks a bit swollen and there’s some blood coming out of the incision. I was expecting the blood/drainage, and cleaned it with peroxide, but is the swelling normal? It’s outside of where the sutures are.

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Elwin
domestic short hair
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My 7 year old male cat just had surgery for an aural hematoma on his left ear. Prior to surgery he was treated for an ear infection whiched caused the head shaking that caused the hematoma. The infection is gone, there are no ear mites and they haven’t seen anything else in his ear canals. He still violently shakes his head, mostly when he gets up to a standing position. Sometimes when he is walking around. The head shaking is very loud and can be heard from a different room. He had his surgery 5 days ago and is still in a cone. His sutchers will be removed next week. Is this type of head shaking normal post surgery? His vet has suggested that he may have allergies as well. Can allergies cause the head shaking?

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Pudda
Tortoiseshell
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Swelling

My cats ear outta of no where has a hug bubble in it, i dont have the funds i need nor do i know what to do this is the first time this has happen in 10 years??? pls somebody give me some type of home remedies or something to make her better..

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Hulk
MaineCoon
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking and itching

My cat had ear mites which led to a hematoma. He had surgery on his hematoma 2 days ago in which they drained it. He wore an E-collar all day the next day but would not eat or drink water. I brought him back in to see if there anything we could do about him not eating or drinking. My vet looked at his ear, took off the e-collar, and said he doesn’t need this. He also said he won’t reopen his wound. I brought my cat home and he’s itching and shaking his head a lot. Should I be worried about him reopening his wound or another hematoma forming? Also, did my vet remove the e-collar too soon?

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Jake
domestic short hair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
scratching

My cat had a huge hematoma about a month ago (largest the vet has seen in a cat). The ear was swabbed and no ear mites were found but had a slight bacterial infection. That was treated and I decided to go ahead with the surgery since the ear had to be drained 3 times with no improvement. The stitches were in for 10 days (the cone was used during this time too), and I have him his meds and cleaned his ear religiously. About a week after the stitches were removed, the hematoma returned (not as large as it was before but still significant). I cannot afford to go through surgery again, so I put the cone back in him in hopes that this would allow the ear to heal. I have done research and it seems that there is no danger in letting the hematoma heal on its own. My question is, does my cat need the cone? He keeps messing with his ear if I take it off, but I really don’t want to make him wear it if he doesn’t have to. Will the hematoma ever heal if he keeps messing with it?

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Tiger
Maine Coon
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

vertigo
Sleepiness
Wont eat or drink
Puffy ear

Medication Used

Meclizine
Clindamycin drops
Selamectin

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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Lucky
DOMESTIC
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

ear keeps refilling fluid

about three weeks ago we took Lucky to the vet. They said he had Hematoma they put a shunt in to drain the ear. However, it keeps filling with blood. The vet said keep the hole open (scab keeps closing it) can I keep draining it myself or take back to the vet. and how can I keep it properly its hard to remove scab. I try warm cloth but

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes the drain holes do scab up and they can be difficult to remove, a warm damp cloth like you’re using is best but you may need to hold it there for a minute or two to help loosen the scab for removal. You should return to your Veterinarian if you’re having further issues to discuss what else can be done in the meantime especially if there is no decrease in swelling. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prescious Baby Boy
Maine Coon
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Is it possible to treat an ear hematoma on my cat at home? I have no income, and cannot afford a vet visit. He does not have ear mites according to my last vet visit. She stated that it was likely an allergy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes ear haematomas may resolve themselves since the body will breakdown the haematoma and reabsorb it back into the body (this may lead to a crumpling of the ear); however if Precious Baby Boy shakes his head or scratches the ear the bleeding may continue. I cannot recommend any other specific treatment after from trying to stop Precious Baby Boy from causing further injury. There are charity clinics and other organisations which may be able to help with treatment, you just need to search for them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilboy
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

So my cat had an aural hematoma and they drained it and put a guitar looking pic on it where the ear is sutured to it. He is wearing his e-cone and I have been giving him his antibiotics and his ear medicine but he is still shaking his head and trying to scratch his ear. I don't know what else to do for him. He seems miserable. He stays hidden in my son's room. He eats and drinks normal but the ear surgered on looks inflamed at the base. Is this normal? Is it just normal fluid build up from the hematoma and that is where it is sitting? He has an appointment in a week to remove the stitches but I just want to make sure I don't have to bring him in sooner.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hematomas can be quite painful and irritating to cats. You didn't mention whether he was on any pain medication, and he may need to be - normally we do send home pain medication after a surgery. Since he does seem so uncomfortable, it might not be a bad idea to have him seen sooner than a week from now, to have the area rechecked and make sure that he doesn't need any other medications to be comfortable. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Sprite
British Shorthair
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

Medication Used

Metacam

My cat had surgery with sutures for his hematoma 3 days ago. The wound has been sutured up and secured with plastic clips. He’s been wearing a collar since but managed to get it off whilst we were upstairs sleeping last night and looks as though he’s given it a good scratch. None of the sutures or clips look as though they’ve come loose but the ear is bloody and looks quite grazed. Do we need to take him straight back to the vets to get it checked and cleaned etc?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the sutures and clips haven’t been affected, you can clean the blood off at home with a dilute antiseptic; however if you are not comfortable in doing so it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to have it cleaned up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiki
tortishell
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hematoma

My cat was treated two days ago for a ear hematoma by my vet. Within 48 hours, the blood was filled back up again in the ear flap. The Vet suggested if it came back he could do the surgery to remove the blood. How many tries with removing blood via needle before surgery should be done. I'm concerned about the surgery because my cat is 16. I also concerned because he doesn't know what caused it. Even after surgery, could it come back?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without examining Kiki, knowing where in her ear it is, or how big it is, I can't really comment on the hematoma. Each case is quite individual. Sometimes, draining a small hematoma will help, and it will resolve. Some need surgery to resolve. Typically if draining the hematoma doesn't fix it with one or two tries, it needs surgery, but each case is different. We often don't know what causes a hematoma, especially if there are no parasites present, it may be an immune condition. It would be a good idea to address your concerns with your veterinarian, as they know more about your cat's individual sitaution and possible outcomes. I hope that everthing works out okay for Kiki.

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Sookie
Calico
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Swollen ear
Floppy ear

After doing some research that my baby girl probably has a hematoma in her ear.. I’m just worried because I can’t afford to take her to the vet. It doesn’t seem that bad. She isn’t crying or hiding. She’s eating fine and isn’t scratching at it. A little head shaking but nothing too bad. Is there any way I can take care of this at home? I’m Phoenix AZ so if anyone has any suggestions on where to take her that would also be greatly appreciated. I love her and I just want to keep her healthy and happy it’s not her fault I’m short on funds😢.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Small small hematomas will breakdown and be reabsorbed by the body themselves especially if there is no pawing or head shaking, but you should get Sookie checked by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side. There are a few low cost clinics in the Phoenix, AZ area and I’ve added the details of a few below (note that they require appointments). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://aawl.org/node/143 www.azhumane.org/veterinary-services/veterinary-clinics/

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Mimi
Siamese
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not Moving

My cat got hurt ear hematoma removed she is a Siamese about 11 years old I called the vet and told her the ear was full of the mites they had drained and I was worried and make it infected and they told me it was fine as long as she took her antibiotic now on my cat won't eat look drink she tries to hide. Is it okay for her incisions to be full of the mites? I am also curious as to my cat sudden behavioral changes? Could it be that she is dying?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Mimi, I can't say what those mites might be, but that does not sound normal. Her behavior and lack of appetite are concerning. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian as soon as possible for a follow up recheck to see what is happening with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Mandy
tabby
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

ear hematoma

We took our 15 year old female tabby to the vet for an ear hematoma. The vet said she had some infection in her ear and gave her a steroid injection to prevent scratching, but took no other action and said she would see her back in two weeks to treat the infection after the swelling subsided on its own. However, three days later, the swelling has increased, and a follow up call to the vet had us being told this was normal and to just continue to wait for it to subside. Should we seek treatment from another vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Mandy’s age, your Veterinarian may be attempting to treat this medically rather than surgically, if you stop the itching and treat the infection the haematoma normally breaks down and get reabsorbed by the body. If you have concerns or the ear is getting larger then it wouldn’t hurt to get another opinion from another Veterinarian to be sure and ease your concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Your vet is probably wanting to stay away from lancing the ear due to the cats age. A 15 year old cat may not be able to female the anesthesia.

How is the cat now? And isnit healed right, sbdxegst gidbit take?
Out car has one sndvgge day after she lanced it is was swelling up again. I’ve been keeping the cut open eith a sterile exact-o blade. But it’s been two weeks now snd it just keeps filling up.

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Rascal
American Shorthair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Swelling

My cat was diagnosed with an ear hematoma. He is not a candidate for surgery. The vet I saw prescribed Mometamax, is this adequate for this condition. The hematoma has gotten larger and feels warm. He is not displaying any other symptoms.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is unusual for a five year old cat to be not a suitable candidate for surgery; however your Veterinarian may have diagnosed an ear infection so prescribed Mometamax (gentamicin sulfate, mometasone furoate monohydrate and clotrimazole) to treat the infection. Ear infections may cause a cat to shake their heads which may be violent enough to cause a haematoma; if the haematoma is getting larger you should return to your Veterinarian since they generally stay the same size until the body starts to break them down and reabsorb them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jinx
Idk
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My cat has had a Hematoma on her left ear before but I never took her in to do surgery. Now the right war is doing the same thing and I am afraid it will just get worse. I don’t have money to get it fixed but is there any temporary solution or any home, little to no cost solution? Please? Is it a life or death situation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t a life or death situation but it does need to be treated, there are many forums online with various methods of treating this at home with most of them being irresponsible so please do not try. I understand that finances are tight, so I would suggest either visiting a charity clinic for assistance or reaching out to a nonprofit for help with the cost of veterinary care (see link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Tiger
mixed
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hematoma

My cat got a hematoma from an ear infection and my vet recommended to drain it because it was small and my cat received surgery a month ago, so it is risky to put him under. The hematoma returned and got worse, it is covering his ear canal and he keeps shaking and scratching it, is there anything I can do to reduce the shaking and scratching and help with the pain other then surgery? How long does it take for the hematoma to heal on its own or will it get worse and never heal and turn into a serious problem? I am aware of the cauliflower ear and the extra care it requires to avoid reoccurring ear infections, and do not mind the extra work.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hematomas do eventually heal, and Tiget may just need medication to prevent infection in his ear canal, as well as pain medication until the hematoma starts to get smaller. Without a repeat surgery, one would expect the hematoma to become smaller over a few weeks.

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Murick
Cat
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

S

Male cat is 12 years old and I found out yesterday after taking him to the emergency clinic that he has oral hematoma on one of his ears . They said I need to schedule the surgery with my vet but they’re not open till Monday my question is can it get worse if I wait till Monday to schedule the appointment ? They gave me pain medication to give to my cat while we wait for the appointment with the vet . Should I be really worried since today it’s only Saturday .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Aural hematomas don't tend to be emergencies, and Monday should be fine to have him re-evaluated. The biggest part of waiting is that he may be painful, and the medications that they gave you will help with his comfort level until Monday.

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Miska
Ragdoll
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
scratching
Ear Swelling

Medication Used

Metacam

Our 13-year-old cat has had an haematoma in his left ear for about two weeks, it came most likely from him having ear mites of which we have gotten rid of with medications from the vet. We have gotten it drained for two times but it has filled up to be huge again. We are a bit reluctant to opt for surgery since he's a fairly old cat and there's a chance he might not wake up from it. Is it really safe to just let the ear drain by itself? I don't care about cosmetic defects, I just want my baby to not be in pain longer.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hematomas usually do resolve over time, by themselves. It can just take time. He may need ongoing pain medication until the hematoma starts to resolve, but it should eventually go away. His ear will be scarred, but if that is not important to you, he will be comfortable.

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Jax
Mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scratching and flapping ears

My 13 year old was seen by his vet 5 days ago for a medium sized hematoma in his right ear. They cultured swabs and he had a yeast infection in both ears. I was given Tresaderm drops for his ears and was told he would stop flapping when the infection stops itching him. 5 days later the hematoma is taking up his entire ear and is very warm to the touch. He’s very needy and obviously uncomfortable. Being Saturday, should I take him to the emergency clinic or is it safe to wait for my vet on Monday??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes the problem with haematomas is that the weight of the blood may cause discomfort leading to a dog shaking their head to try to get the ‘haematoma off’ which may cause further bleeding and growth due to damage of the blood clot. Most likely this will wait until Monday morning, but if he is in distress you should visit earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Can hematomas just be fluid sacks with no blood m? my cat Sherlock has had one come back several times in the last two weeks my vet lanced it, got the fluid out and I’ve lanced it twice since being home I’m really concerned. Yesterday I filed it with Celine after draining it. And now it’s filled again

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Stinker
tabby
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Itching
Ear Swelling
Ear Pain

Medication Used

Pain meds

My cat had an ear hematoma drained on Wednesday. Vet said it may be swollen for a day or two and then get better. On Friday I called and they gave him pain meds because he seems uncomfortable and said see how he does over the weekend. It just keeps getting worse. His head is tilted and he’s crying.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Your veterinarian should have an after hours number to call in case of emergency, and post operative pain in a 17 year old cat qualifies as an emergency, especially if the medication that he is on doesn't seem to be helping. He may need something stronger, and your veterinarian should be able to provide that care for him. I hope that Stinker is okay.

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Smudge
short hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

One ear is puffed

Hi, my cat had ear hematoma in one ear. he had it drained the first time but after a few days it came back again. So took my cat back to the vets and they said it was best for my cat to have surgery! However they gave me and estimate of £295. I was shocked as that’s a lot! Is it normally that much. And is the surgery effective and stops the ear hematoma coming back?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A quotation of £295 seems reasonable (it has been over ten years since I left the UK so I’m not up to date on UK pricing), if you call around your local practices for a general quotation it will give you an idea of the local ballpark. The surgery is effective and should be done to prevent blockage of the ear canal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vin.com/veterinarypartner/default.aspx?pid=19239&catId=102899&id=4951446

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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Lucy
Grey and white
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Crying, head shaking
Crying, head shaking,

I'm curious if and what pain medication I can give to my cat before Her ear is drained, Thursday? She has a good-sized hematoma..crying a lot, hiding, not eating..wont be touched..please help. Today is only Sunday and our baby is miserable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The only pain relief I can recommend over the counter would be contraindicated in this type of case because it causes thinning of the blood which may result in further bleeding leading to bigger problems with the haematoma. If you believe that Lucy is in pain, you should call your Veterinarian and they may prescribe something for her at their discretion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Butters
tabby
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hematoma
scratching

My cat has a huge hematoma in her left ear. It keeps swelling and the ear is now falling over and bending. It keeps getting bigger. I heard it may reabsorb into the ear but it hasn’t yet. Should I take her to the vet? She doesn’t seem to be in any pain though.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes haematomas will resolve by being broken down and resorbed by the body, however if the initial bleed continues bleeding the ear will continue to be refilled and surgery may be required to remove the haematoma and allow it to drain. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a discussion, the longer an ear haematoma isn’t treated the more likely it will cause some permanent changes to the ear shape. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stewie
domestic short hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hematoma , itching
Hematoma , itching, bright red ears

Took my 6yo cat to the vet for a small hematoma in one ear. Other ear was normal. Vet said that he had ear mites. After getting my kitty home I noticed that his good ear was very red, bruised, and bleeding. Vet gave me revolution and an ecollar to treat him. Used the medicine and the ecollar but his ear is still itching like crazy and even with the ecollar on the small hematoma has gotten bigger and his ear that was fine is still red and bothering him. Something other than mites?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That doesn't sound like a normal course for ear mites to take, and it is concerning that the hematoma is getting bigger. It would be a good idea to have Stewie seen again by your veterinarian for a recheck, as cats will often have infections in addition to mites, and he may need topical medication to give him some relief. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Goldie
domestic short hair
Eight Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ears

Goldie eats well, grooms and is seemingly healthy. She is a rescue, 4 lbs. she is very sensitive to environmental pollution. Allergic to scented litter. After treatment for ear mites with tresaderm her ears wilted at the tips. They got more normal until a week ago when house cleaners used pine sol on floor. Then her ears began to wilt at the tips again. She doesn’t scratch her ears and there is no swelling or redness. Should I wait longer or should I take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Goldie is not bothering with her ears and seems comfortable, you may be fine to monitor her. If she is scratching at them or seems uncomfortable, she may need to be seen by a veterinarian to get treatment for her ears.

Thank you. She seems to be feeling so well. I will continue to
monitor.

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Solo
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat has hematoma in the ear. The doctor gave him drops that kill ear mites. He is doing laser treatments on his ear. How long will it take for the swelling to go down on his ear. I never heard of it before

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Laser treatment is a relatively new offering in veterinary practices with manufacturers of the lasers funding courses for Veterinarian to complete as continuous professional development. The number of treatments and timeframe would vary depending on whether the ear was drained or your Veterinarian is waiting for the haematoma to be broken down by the body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Saber
Maine Coon Tabby Mix
18 Years
Serious condition
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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Pumpkin
Long hair orange tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat has a hematoma on his right ear and holds his ear down. Just happened today. He is also known for scratching his ears and picking fights with his cat sister. Can I treat this at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some aural haematomas may self resolve since with time the haematoma will be broken down by the body and resorbed, however some cases may need surgical correction since a cat may paw too much at the ear causing secondary issues or may head shake as well. Regardless, it is best to see your Veterinarian first and then see from there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
domestic short hair
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Ear Odor
Pain
Swelling
Ear Itching
Shaking
Lack of energy

Recently I noticed that my cat had a swollen ear. I looked it up and found out that it was probably a hematoma. We cleaned out some of the pus and stuff that we found in his ear. We know he has ear mites currently, so we think that is the cause of it. My family and I decided to wait a couple of days to see if it would go down by itself. Over the past two days, his ear has gotten more swollen and we noticed a scratch in the ear. Yesterday, whenever he moved his ear, it would just flop around. It isn't staying up like normal. We also noticed a bad smell coming from his ear. Today, he has been hiding away where we can't find him and is only coming out for food before hiding. We are really nervous because last time he did this he was close to dying. I would like to know if it is something we need to get looked at soon and how we should go about this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing pus, you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible; ear infections can cause a cat to paw at their ear(s) or rub their ear(s) against furniture which may cause a haematoma to form. This is something you should visit your Veterinarian about especially if Toby is hiding away as this may be a sign of him being in pain and isolating himself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
Short haired male ??
5 Years
Serious condition
1 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.)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Jenna
tabby
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ballooning of left ear

I took my 9 yo female tabbyto vet 6 days ago for tx of L ear hematoma, they discovered a gr ll-lll/Vl Ht M
and recommended she have an echo and cardiology eval. This is first time we're ever been told of this murmur and felt that the Dx test were overkill, the Vet recommended the more conservative tx of the hematoma, needle removal of fluid and otic drops to affected ear, within 2 days the hematoma was back I called the vet office and was told we could wait a few days to come back to vet office that it was not emergent. I called vets office 3 days later to request an appointment but they had nothing available for another 2 days. I will be bringing her to vet this evening. Should I insist they perform the surgical procedure with sutures and is it absolutely necessary to have echo n eval . That cost would be too high for me to handle. Can they perform surgery under just local.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would not recommend performing ear haematoma surgery under local anaesthesia since animals don’t like being touched and manipulated by Veterinarians at the best of times, never mind when your trying to drain a haematoma and place sutures etc… The decision to go ahead with the anaesthesia and surgery is at the discretion of the Veterinarian performing the surgery; if a Veterinarian isn’t comfortable performing a surgery for any reason they won't do it. Since Jenna is nine years old, your Veterinarian is probably taking extra precautions to be on the safe side; however I cannot speak on their behalf, you should discuss with them their reasons. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Black cat
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drags legs, loses balance

My sister's cat is 5 years old, and when she walks she loses balance practically drags her legs on the floor, her eyes go up and down as if she sees something that causes to twist her body and starts meowing. She ate very little earlier today but stopped eating the rest of the day and I've been giving her pedyalite because she hasn't been drinking water on her own. Went to the bathroom very little.
She has fever. I don't think it's an ear hematoma but I couldn't find the page to ask general questions regarding advice on other possible diseases or infections. Taking her to the vet early morning. Please help, thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I am glad that you are taking Lucy in to see her veterinarian, as she does sound like she needs medical attention. She is young, but may be having vestibular signs related to ear infections, seizures, or other systemic disease. I hope that she is okay.

Yes, the seizures haven't stopped, haven't slept anything and was wondering if there is anything I can give her in the meanwhile to calm her down. I'm waiting for the clinic to open. Thank you.

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Romeo
Cat
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Swollen ear

My 5 year old cat developed an ear hematoma & I brought him to the vet. They drained 6ml of blood from his ear and put him on a steroid regimen for 4 weeks. A week later, I brought him back and they drained another 6ml. I was told to just leave it alone and not drain it next time. The vet tech told me that the blood should reabsorb; however, a week after that it was really swollen and I didn't feel comfortable leaving it be, so I brought him in to have them check it again. A different vet saw him, drained 13ml of fluid & scheduled him for surgery in the morning. The damage to his ear was so bad, it took A LOT of sutures to stitch the inside & outside of the ear back together. He's still on the steroid regimen and I'm giving him some sort of liquid, oral pain meds for the first week after surgery. His follow up visit is scheduled in 3 weeks from surgery, when they hopefully will be able to remove the sutures and take off the cone around his head. My golden retriever had ear hemotomas, so I'm familiar with them. He had the surgery where they made an incision and stitched it open to drain & form scar tissue. It doesn't appear like this vet used the same method. Is this normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Romeo, I'm not able to comment on the surgery. Hematomas are unusual in cats, and if there isn't an underlying ear infection or inciting cause, it isn't uncommon to medically manage them and see if they resolve with medication. Different veterinarians have different techniques, in both surgery and medicine. From your description, it sounds like your veterinarian attempted medical management, then performed surgery when it looked like it wasn't working. If you have questions about the surgery, it might be best to follow up with either the veterinarian who saw him, or the office manager, if the clinic has one. Hopefully everything goes well with Romeo's healing process!

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Bee
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Odor
Ear Swelling

There is a stray cat we have been feeding for about 4 years he is a very sweet cat. But very skiddish and feral. He let me pet him while he is eating and only me. I feed him and water give him water. He has a huge ear hematoma hot swollen. He has been shaking his head. What do I do since he is feral. Is there anything I can give him for pain. Can I try to wash his ear with warm soapy water. I’m not able to pick him. Anyway I can make him more comfortable or better or how to help fix his ear hematoma

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There isn't any home treatment for a hematoma, unfortunately. He may have ear mites or an infection that has caused him to shake his head, or an infection. There are medications that you can buy at the pet store to treat ear mites in case that is the primary problem for him, and the hematoma will resolve eventually without treatment, although having him seen by a veterinarian would be better if that were at all possible. Most OTC pain medications are quite toxic for cats, so that would not be a good idea, and washing his ear with soapy water may make any infection that is there worse. If you aren't able to have him seen, I would try the OTC ear mite solution and an ear wash that you can also get at the pet store, and make sure that he is eating and drinking while the hematoma resolves. It won't be comfortable, but it will get better.

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Boots
Tuxedo cat
About 6
Mild condition
2 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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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