>My cat's hematoma keeps filling up - advice?
Ok. So my cat had a hematoma about 2 weeks ago. We got it drained, stitched, used meds, and then the stitches were taken out. But about 5 days later, the hematoma came back. The whole reason he was shaking his head was because he has a series of bacterial ear problems, which we've been treating. But this cat has had ear problems for years.
So, we took him back to the vet. He thought it was odd that the hematoma returned. The vet knocked off one of his scabs from the draining and emptied his ear. He told us to do that if we see it filling again. But since we've taken him home, it seems to constantly need to be drained. It can't feel great for him to have his ears squeezed daily, and it doesn't seem like it's accomplishing much. I mean, when will it STOP filling up, if all we're doing is draining it daily? We're still giving him medication for his infection, but that isn't going to stop the hematoma from filling up daily. Isn't there anyway we can keep it from filling until the infection is under better control? Is it hard on his ear to be draining it every day?
I should add that the bacterial problem is deep within his ear and unrelated to the hematoma. He most likely got it because of shaking his head so much.
ALSO - Some people say that the hematoma will heal on its own, that the body will absorb the blood/liquids. Do you think we should give that a shot?