"Swollen" Flemish giant ear please somebody help!

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Okay so here´s the story:
My flemish giant named boris who is about 1year old (next week), somehow managed to get an ear hematoma in his right ear. We visited a vet 3 times, on the first time she emptied out the blood and sprayed some cortison from a spray bottle into the ear, but the blood returned within 30 min, however she said to wait a week before the next appointment, so we did. On the second appointment she did the exact same procedure as on the first. Again, the ear filled up fairly quickly but it no longer looked the same, it was more wrinkly and harder. On the third appointment the vet said the blood had gotten into the connective tissue, that is why it is wrinkly/looks different. This time she empied out the blood and injected cortison into the ear. Again, it seemed to start filling up again, much slower however this time and it took 2 days to be "full" again. The vet went on holiday so we could not get another appointment, and when we told her that the ears was now rock solid and droops, seems to also hurt from time to time, she said to go see someone else. I am really worried and would like to fix him! So I went to see another vet, showed her these photos and she said it is probably cartilage. I am not sure and am still worried for my dear friend... any insight would be great help! Sorry if my english was bad, I live in Finland.:nono


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Thank you so much for answering! You wouldn´t happen to have any idea if anything can be done anymore? The ear is really really hard, like rock-solid. But he acts mostly normal, jumps around and everything. Just bothersome to change vets all the time since those are the only two really close to us...I can´t believed i paid for something so simple just so she could not even do it properly....;(
 

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Its worth a shot.
Its called cauliflower ear usually when it heals all ugly.

http://patch.com/georgia/northeastcobb/treating-cauliflower-ear-in-dogs

My cat has gone through it and ive seen numerous dogs through the clinic with it.
But ive never seen an animal not get treated properly for it.
I would visit another vet and see what they say. If its a big clot it could be pulled out. They would know if it can be left or removed.
 

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I found this listing for rabbit vets in Finland. The list is old though, so may or may not be accurate anymore.
http://members.shaw.ca/cocoasun/Eurovets.htm
Finland
Dr. Kristiina Kontio-Jalanka
Eläinlääkäriasema Arkki
Ymmerstanportti 2,
02750 Espoo
Phone: 09-5050 839

Dr. Einar Eriksson at Mevet
Ulvilantie 25 (Munkkivuori)
00350 Helsinki
Phone: +358-9-558 951

Dr. Tiina Illukka
Eläinlääkäriasema Petvet
Lemminkäisenkatu 20
20520 Turku
Phone: (02) 232 0111

There are also several good rabbit specialists in the UK that your vet could consult with if you are having difficulty finding a vet that knows how to treat this properly.
Molly Varga http://mollyvargavet.co.uk/services/
Iain Cope http://www.cambridgevetgroup.co.uk/vets/
Mark Rowland http://trinityvetcentre.com/Trinity_Vet_Centre/Home.html
 

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Yep, it's othematoma alright. I don't have any first-hand experience with it, but I read that the cortisone treatment almost never worked even if it was often used. Apparently, surgery is the best way to go - the vet opens the patch of skin where the blood is completely and sews the skin close to the cartilage to stop blood coming from the faulty vessel. I wouldn't try without a vet who really knows a lot about rabbits and have done it before though, especially with a giant breed as they tend to have weaker hearts. It's really not easy to find competent vets when it comes to rabbits - I live in France and only know of 3 places in the whole country where I would bring one of my rabbits to get that kind of operation. Though, on the upside, it's not a life-threatening problem nor is it described as a medical emergency... So I would try to find a better vet but there is no need to panic at that point ^^
 
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