I was petting my dog yesterday morning when she pulled away while crying out in pain. I took a closer look and saw that her right ear was swollen. It was almost completely fluid-filled from base to tip. (If you have a dog, lightly pinch his or her ear. You should only feel that thin, fleshy layer. My dog’s ear left my thumb and index finger about an inch apart.)
I took her to the vet. He immediately diagnosed it as a hematoma. She had to be sedated for an I&D and then remain at the vet the rest of the afternoon.
Exam - $40
Sedative – $55
Surgery – $50
Recovery time - $9
Antibiotic inj – $23
Antibiotics (1 wk) – $16
Heartguard (2 dogs) – $84
We return next week for a follow-up.
Health care is expensive for everyone.