Q. My mini rat terrier has an ear hematoma and I have opted to let it heal naturally so is there anything I can give him for the itching??

Answered By

A. I am sorry to say but there is a good chance your pet has an ear infection which caused the ear hematoma in the first place. Therefore I recommend at least treating the ear infection with topical antibiotics +/- antifungala prescribed by your vet.
Your pet is itching because the blood-filled ear is causing pain and discomfort. The best course of action, which is still considered conservative treatment, is to have the ear drained by your vet and then they can prescribe steroids and potentially oral antibiotics. This is a lot less invasive than the mattress suture pattern technique that is done to fix these, and I have seen lots of patients ear hematomas resolved this way as well.

Answered By

A. It is not a good idea to let it heal naturally as it will scar and be irregular. In addition, there is an underlying cause that lead to the head shaking and cause of a hematoma in the first place. Usually it is an ear infection. This is unlikely to resolve without medical intervention:

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.