Cat Ear Hematoma!?!?!

  1. Just took my cat to the vet. Her ear lobe was swollen for about a week now. Anyhoo, the vet said it was a hematoma. And of course, the only cure is general anesthetic, making an opening and suturing the ear back together. Cost of (CDN) $228.00 (baseline price quote). He said putting a needle and draining it is not an option. Anyone hear of this and anyone have other advice? Thanks!
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  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    My old dog had hematoma's on both ears once, when she was a puppy... they said it was from us playing too rough with her. My ex used to pop her in the ears when they were "play fighting"... we really didn't think he was being that rough... evidently he was... don't worry, he never did that again...

    But to get them opened and drained only cost us like 50 bucks or something... it wasn't that high.
  4. by   kids
    I have had 2 cats get it, most recently in November and cost me $160 (USD). No clues as to how mine got them as they were indoor/outdoor cats, I suspect (his scratching) ear mites with the last one.

    My vet knocks them out and puts in a drain then sews buttons on either side of the ear to keep it from refilling, also stitches the drain in place using wire so the cat can't scratch it out (no lamp shade on the head).

    Any idea how/why he got it?
  5. by   kayRN21
    My dog had a hematoma of the ear in february and it cost me 158 dollars for surgery then he charged me 17.50 to take the stitches out!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   Reabock
    I've had 2 male cats over the years with this problem, never cost more than $50 or so. Vet drained and put sutures in to make layers heal together so it would not recurr in the injured space. She said it was probably due to excessive head shaking from ear mites on one and a fight injury on the other. The second one healed funny and he always had a 1/2 droopy ear which gave him a bit of character.
  7. by   vettech
    Originally posted by kayRN21
    My dog had a hematoma of the ear in february and it cost me 158 dollars for surgery then he charged me 17.50 to take the stitches out!!!!!!!!!!!
    The vet is a jerk then and likely gouging you elsewhere. In almost 10 years of practice, I've NEVER known a vet who actually charged for suture removal. I rarely say this but, personally, I'd find another vet.
  8. by   vettech
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun
    I have had 2 cats get it, most recently in November and cost me $160 (USD). No clues as to how mine got them as they were indoor/outdoor cats, I suspect (his scratching) ear mites with the last one.

    My vet knocks them out and puts in a drain then sews buttons on either side of the ear to keep it from refilling, also stitches the drain in place using wire so the cat can't scratch it out (no lamp shade on the head).

    Any idea how/why he got it?
    Paprikat,
    What Kids-r-fun describes is the usual way of solving the problem (although I'm not sure what she means by "buttons"). I've seen it in droopy-eared dogs far more often than vertical-eared dogs or cats.

    The trouble is that when the damage is severe enough to get large hematomas, you cannot simply aspirate the area as it has a very high chance of recurrance.

    I dunno the excahnge rate but, for the Houston area at least, what Kids-r-fun quotes seems a reasonable price.

    These ear hematomas are most often caused by intense head shaking, usually due to an irritant. I've seen severe cases most often from either major ear mite infestations or dogs that have been maced.
  9. by   renerian
    HOly smokes I learned something new today.

    renerian
  10. by   Buttercup
    Just took my cat to the vet. Her ear lobe was swollen for about a week now. Anyhoo, the vet said it was a hematoma. And of course, the only cure is general anesthetic, making an opening and suturing the ear back together. Cost of (CDN) $228.00 (baseline price quote). He said putting a needle and draining it is not an option. Anyone hear of this and anyone have other advice? Thanks!
    Check to see whether your local humane society has a clinic that offers the same service. If so, the costs are usually substantially less.

    My cat needed his teeth cleaned. My vet quoted $200 (a discounted rate as it was pet dental month). The humane society's fee for the same service was $120 and I negotiated the same price with my vet!
  11. by   LilgirlRN
    I had a cat that had a hematoma that I drained almost daily for 2 weeks, at the time I couldn't afford to take her to the vet. She didn't seem to mind having it drained but ended up with a crumpled looking ear within a few months.
  12. by   Paprikat
    Thanks everyone for the advice. To answer kids-r-fun's question, the vet said her ears look good, no mites or infection. He said that it is overactive shaking of her head, though that caused it. I also have another cat and perhaps when they kitty-fight, may have caused her to shake her head.
  13. by   kids
    When I say the vet sewed buttons on the ear I mean he sewed real, little white 4 hole buttons on the ear. He lined them up on the in and out sides of the ear and stitched the buttons together thru the ear...all using wire suture. He said it prevented the fluid from reforming and helped prevent the crumpled ear thing (I had forgotten that, my first cat to get a hematoma was Atilla, 15 years ago and she got a crumpled ear from hers).

    vettech...you are wonderful to have around and I know a lot of us really appreciate your sharing your expertiese.

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