Thursday, December 3, 2015

2377. How to: A X-bred dog and Miniature Schnauzer have swollen ears - aural haematoma video

Sat Nov 28, 2015.

Another dual case in the same day. A X-bred and a Miniature Schnauzer have aural haematomas today. Another dual case of terrapins with swollen eyes on one Saturday morning in Toa Payoh Vets.

This video shows the  2 cases of aural haematomas. The X-bred had a left ear haematoma. 4 months ago, she had a right ear haematoma. The good surgical outcome is excellent but the left ear has a large haematoma.

"Has the dog any ticks?" I asked.
"Never had ticks in her life!" he proclaimed.
The dogs had many ticks inside the ears. Tick control is important in Singapore dogs as ticks are common in tropical Singapore.

As for the Miniature Schnauzer, the dog had hairy ears which obstruction ventilation of the ear canal. Many of such breeds have hairy ears and need regularly plucking of the hairs to ensure proper ventilation and drainage of the ear canals. Ear plucking is done by the groomer and the dog tolerates the pain. An ear surgery to open up the ear canal is seldom done by the Schnauzer owner in Singapore as the dog gets grooming regularly and the groomer will clean the ears.

In these two cases, the causes of aural haematoma are respectively tick bites and otitis externa in the cross-bred dog and the Miniature Schnauzer.

Consult your vet early for aural haematoma treatment. Thrice weekly ear maintenance is advised by me.  Toa Payoh Vets.  Singapore.

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