A blood filled pocket inside the ear. An ear hematoma will occur more commonly in dogs than in cats; they are generally the result of trauma to the ear flap, either from an injury or from scratching at the ear, or shaking the head. Itchiness can also be an underlying causation, often due to ear mites, allergies, infections or foreign matter in the ear canal.
Rarely blood clots can form in some blood vessels without any real identifiable cause. The only symptom you may observe will be a swelling in the area or region of the body supplied by the blood vessel concerned. Time is often all that is needed to resolve the problem as the clot shrinks while at the same time the blood may find an alternative route around the site of the obstruction. Several remedies may help the clot to shrink and dissolve away.
To prevent a hematoma make sure your pets ears are kept clean on a regular basis (how to make garlic ear oil for cleaning ears). This will eliminate the chance of infections and ear mites which cause head shaking and scratching which result in trauma to the ear and a hematoma to form.
If your pet does get a hematoma treat it immediately! The sooner you treat it the faster it will heal! Left untreated for days and waiting to see if it will go away will make it more difficult to cure by home treatment or veterinary care - which can take weeks and sometimes months. The longer it is allowed to swell the more it will increase the chances of your pet needing drainage or surgery.
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