Posted by: Shirley | 2007/05/06


Sasha, our alsation, has and excessively swollen earlobe filled with liquid, causing her to keep her head lopsided, and continually shake her head which seems to aggravate situation. Probably initiated by flies on a sore on her ear? Have had it drained twice by Vet, including hospitalisation for a day, with no success. Could you PLEASE advise.
Thank you

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It is called an othaematoma or aural haematoma and is as a result of shaking the head. It will need to be drained by your vet. Some performed surgery on the ear while others drain it daily for a few days. Surgery sounds indicated here. The cause of the head shaking needs to be determined - e.g. ear infection, ear mites etc or the shaking will not stop.

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Posted by: Chill | 2007/05/07

And if you don't get it treated properly, the dog's going to end up with a 'cauliflower ear' - looks very sad on a nice handsome German Shepherd.

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