What is an aural hematoma?

What is an aural hematoma?  It is a collection of blood under the skin of the ear flap (sometimes called the pinna) of a dog or a cat.  Although they are much more common in dogs than cats, the cause of the hematoma is either from an injury or from traumatic scratching and/or shaking of the head.  Common causes include itching due to: ear mites, allergies, infections or foreign matter in the ear canal.  Meet Wrigley, a 3 year old English Bulldog, he had a successful hematoma repair Friday and is feeling great! 

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