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Cat ear hematoma

I noticed my cat had gunk in his ears so I tried cleaning it out with ear solution and cotton balls, he immediately started shaking his head. The next day I go to pet him and his ear is inflated! So this is my problem....My cat has a ear hematoma, I took him to the vet and they found there was yeast in his ears. For the hematoma they gave me the options of lancing, surgery, etc. but told me it was okay to leave it. They gave me drops to put in his ears for the yeast infection. This is the problem: Everytime I put the drops in his ears he just starts shaking his head more! I feel like its going to get worse or never go away because of the drops. I don't know if I should stop giving him the drops and let the hematoma go away (then continue the drops when it goes away), or continue to put the drops in (making him shake his head even more) and have the hematoma get fuller. I asked the vet assistant if me putting the drops in will make the hematoma worse and she kinda brushed it off like it wasn't a big deal. I have been googling this problem and no one seems to have the same issue. PLEASE help!
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7052683 tn?1392938795
Yes just lancing the hematoma will just cause it to fill up again because of the serum that accumulates. That is why surgery, taking a flap out and allowing it to continuously drain is the first choice. ....and yes it can be expensive. You know, if you have a veterinary school in your area sometimes they will perform surgery  for free. You could check that out.

I can agree on your dilemma with the way things are now. Good that the vet will get back to you on what to do first until the Hematoma clears up----and I sure hope it does that on it's own.

Keep us posted, and thanks for your response .

CML
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Thanks for your help!
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Thanks, the vet gave me the options to lance but told me it usually fills back up, and also told me about the surgery and I couldn't afford it. She said it was fine to leave it alone but it will take about a month to go away, and he would have a deformed ear. I have a follow up appointment in a couple weeks to check everything out. I plan on calling the vet today to ask about my dilemma, thanks for your advice!
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874521 tn?1424116797
it important to keep up with the drops and get rid of the yeast, try massaging the outside of the ear after you put the drops in....the ear is feeling wet and irritated thats why he is shaking his head. the hematoma may not improve until after you are done the course of ear drops, than I hope it will slowly go down.:(
good luck..
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7052683 tn?1392938795
Hi Stef,
Probably the hematoma came from your cat excessively shaking it's head or scratching at his ear because of an ear infection..

So both must be treated. I am surprised that the vet did not drain the hematoma by surgery and suturing. This would be the norm.

I know your cat needs those drops to clear up the infection or he will continue to shake the head and scratch, Now the hematoma--well drops in the ear will obviously make the cat shake it's head sooooo, I would call your vet and tell him your dilemma (not the nurse o r vet assistant). I think he may need to take care of that hematoma first. Also make sure they have shown you where the ear canal is or you will be putting the drops in the outer ear and it will not get to the infection.

If your cat gets these ear infections they are probably fungal and can be cause by food allergies. After his ears heal try a LID diet for a while and see if the infections stop--that is if he gets them a lot.

Also never drop any liquid in the ear for cleaning. This can cause the fungal infection because of left over moisture. Better to just use a cotton pad and whip the ear as well as you can once a week.

MOO__get your vet to lance that hematoma and allow it to drain.

Keep us posted, if you would, K?

CML
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