For both animals and humans, it’s essential to discover and treat any disease in a timely manner. We, as well as dogs and cats, can suffer from hematomas. A hematoma is a common yet painful ailment that causes discomfort and disrupts one’s day-to-day life. It is defined as a collection of blood that pools outside of the blood vessels. These can appear in many places on the body; however, they are usually found on the ears.
Dogs and cats usually develop hematomas while scratching or biting themselves. They may also appear as a result of rough play. These usually appear nearer to the surface of the body, but it is possible for them to form near the brain or heart. This complicates the healing process to a greater extent.
What Causes Hematomas?
Hematomas are most commonly caused by the leakage of blood vessels. Again, these can appear anywhere inside or outside the body of your cat or dog. The reason why this problem is most often found on the ears is because cats and dogs tend to bite and scratch their ears. This rough treatment may result in the bursting of a blood vessel. In addition, allergies, blood clotting problems, and pre existing skin diseases can also lead to hematomas in animals. There is no age limit for hematomas––in fact, older and more aggressive animals tend to face this painful disease more often after having rough encounters with other animals.
How Do I Know if My Pet Has a Hematoma?
The best way to spot this problem is to look for swellings and bulges on the body. Once you’ve located the problem, you need to act fast before the ailment worsens. Hematomas may cause permanent disfiguration or negative health effects. Therefore, immediate medical attention is a must. Hematomas can even cause a cat or a dog to have seizures or organ failure if they are on the inside of the body. In situations like these, an owner has to keep track of all sorts of abnormalities and act accordingly so that the animal can be treated immediately.
How are Hematomas Treated?
The only solution of this problem is the drainage of blood clots through minor or major surgery. It may be necessary to put your pet on anesthesia before the surgery. A qualified veterinarian needs to be contacted immediately once you’ve found the affected area.
The only way to cure a hematoma is to drain the blood and prevent it from clotting again in the affected area. It is a painful process, but, in most cases, animals are cured without any kind of permanent damage. Depending on the severity of the case, a doctor will treat the patient accordingly. Never try to drain the blood at home, as treatment must be done by a qualified professional. Your pet may not have to go through surgery if the problem is discovered at the right time. There is no homemade cure for this ailment therefore, pet owners are strictly advised to refrain from any kind of self-medication or treatment.
If you believe that your pet may have a hematoma, it is imperative that they receive immediate medical intention. Additionally, it is important to take them in for regular checkups, so be sure to schedule your appointment at St. Matthews Animal Clinic today!