Bubble on Dog’s Ear Flap


Q: I have a pitbull/bulldog mix and he is about 5-6 years old. He has recently developed a of something on the of his ear. It doesn’t hurt him, but this is definitely  not normal. Can you help us?

A: The small you are seeing on your ’s ear is most likely an , which is basically a pocket of blood. This usually occurs when a shakes his head excessively, often due to an or other irritation. After repeated shaking, a blood vessel will burst and blood will leak out, forming the you are seeing.

These usually require veterinary attention. The usual way to treat them is with a surgical drainage procedure followed by a splint on the ear, so it is usually involves fairly extensive treatment (that can be costly).

An alternative treatment involves having your veterinarian drain the blood pocket from the ear and inject some steroids. This will work instead of surgery in about half of the cases. Of course, it is important to treat any underlying ear infection at the same time, or your will keep shaking his head. Some veterinarians will wrap the ear in a head bandage after doing the drainage procedure to lessen the chances the hematoma will reoccur.

Good luck, but make sure you bring him to the vet, otherwise the ear could be permanently affected.



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