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Symptoms and Signs of Aural Hematomas in Dogs

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Aural Hematomas

Symptoms of Aural Hematomas

Most localized swellings on the inside of the ear flaps (pinnae) are hematomas, although abscesses can also occur on the pinnae, especially after a dog fight.

Owners of dogs with aural hematomas may notice one or more of the following signs:

  • Soft, fluid-filled swelling on the inner surface of the ear flap
  • Head-shaking (repeated, vigorous)
  • Ear-scratching (repeated, vigorous)
  • Warm ear
  • Painful ear when touched

Dogs at Increased Risk

Dogs with particularly pendulous pinnae (long, heavy ears) tend to have an increased risk of developing aural hematomas. Dogs with outer ear infections (otitis externa) or middle ear infections (otitis media), and those with parasite infestation, are predisposed to developing this condition. Dogs living in hot, humid climates, and those that swim frequently, also at are increased risk of developing aural hematomas.

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