My dog recently had an ear hematoma(blood built up in right ear flap). One of my other dogs had one a few years back also. Both were moderate and not severe. Anyone know what causes ear hematomas for dogs? I have heard that if they shake their heads excessively it can cause one but my dog has not had any ear problems or head shaking prior to getting the hematoma? Just curious if there is any way to help prevent these from happening.
Also, the two types of treatment for this that I know of are:
1. Making an incision in ear and draining fluid
2. Putting dog on prednisone until fluid is gone.
Which would you suggest? I know the incision method was painful for my dog and since it is an open incision its not smart to train(especially in ponds) until incision has healed.