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Ever wondered what is a "cauliflower ear?"


Aural Hematomas are essentially a pocket of blood on the concave (inner) surface of a pet’s ear. They form when there is inflammation and rupture of the blood vessels in this area. Often, this is caused by the pet inducing self-trauma by shaking their head. Because there is often a primary cause, it is important to check for underlying inciting factors such as ear infections. There are several different treatment options for this condition, but the most effective option is surgical repair. If left untreated,the pet’s ear may eventually take on a “cauliflower” appearance due to scarring.


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