This stunner is Chewy, a 3 year-old Pit Bull. Chewy's mom adopted him and has committed to giving him the best life possible. Then COVID-19 hit, causing her hours to get cut at work, and it's taken a little longer to get caught up on finances than she planned.
Chewy has a canine brother and they love to play! Recently, they were playing with one another when somehow Chewy's ear was caught in the wrestling match. The next day his ear was swollen, and it appeared that he had cauliflower ear; what your vet will likely call an hematoma.
Chewy’s mom tried to take care of it the best she could, but then noticed it was really swollen and oozing. The discomfort caused Chewy to stress chew his feet, so his mom knew she needed to get him into the vet immediately.
A hematoma looks painful, and unfortunately, it is. The ear will then swell and develop a vegetable-like texture, which then makes their ears extremely sore, and will likely make your pup shake their head over and over again. Causing more of an issue. In fact, the ear (or ears) can swell so full of blood that they feel like a water balloon! Eeek!
Hematomas are a minor condition, but treatment by a veterinarian is still needed. Chewy had to get sedated so the vet could release the pressure in his ear. Because of the unplanned veterinary expense, Chewy's mom applied with Fur Kids Foundation for help with her emergency bill. Thankfully Chewy is slated to make a full recovery. Hopefully he chooses a different career than a professional boxer, because a cauliflower ear doesn't look good on him.
Ears are a very sensitive body part that can be susceptible to ear infections, injury, and even hematomas from dogs flapping their ears too much. It is very important for every responsible pet parent to watch out for signs and symptoms of injuries, like this one. Fur Kids Foundation always encourages you to call your vet and seek advice on the next steps, if you suspect an injury, and it is very important to take your pet in to the vet at any sign of infection.
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