Low-Cost Non-Surgical Alternative Aural Hematoma Treatment - 'Aural Splint' for Dogs
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Low-Cost Non-Surgical Alternative Aural Hematoma Treatment - 'Aural Splint' for Dogs

Low cost treatment for Aural Hematoma in dogs, cats and other animals, where concern is age or health of animal and general anesthesia may cause complications. Surgery and medical treatment comparisons to 'Aural Splint' show blood flow to ear must be stopped before healing can start. Aural Hematoma Splint is non-surgical, corrective and lessens pain in animal to provide an option to those who need relief from the surgery or aspirations alone.

The ‘Aural Splint’ – Veterinary Treatment for Aural Hematoma

The ‘Aural Splint’ is a veterinary alternative holistic corrective non-surgical treatment for auricular hematomas occurring in animal ears.

The ‘Aural Splint’ treatment is patented for features which correct the causes and effects of the hematoma.

The ‘Aural Splint’ is being introduced to the veterinary industry for the expressed use in animals with age and health issues preventing the use of general anesthesia, necessary for to undergo the surgical repair of the hematoma cavity.  It can and should be used for all aural hematomas in pendant and erect ears in dogs, cats and other animals. 

The ‘Aural Splint’ uses the animal’s healing defenses to correct the hematoma and inhibit the deformation of the ear.

Brief description of the aural hematoma affliction

A blood vessel ruptures within the ear flap (pinna) and causes a pool to form.  The pool grows by expanding toward the ears edge tearing apart the layers of the skin and cartilage.  The pool can continue to grow till it completely fills the pinna.  The cause of the hematoma may be from ear flapping by the animal due to aggravation from insects or infection, or possibly a genetic prevalence. 

The outcome of an aural hematoma left without treatment generally deforms the ear by shriveling and hardening of the pinna.  This situation is not conducive to a healthy ear canal because of the obstructing pinna.  The appearance will be a noticeable disfigured ear and not like the other.  In worse cases, the ear flap will rupture and infection will set in completely disfiguring the ear and potentially harming the animal’s health. 


Options for treatment of aural hematoma in pendant eared dogs:

Take the animal to your veterinarian for a visual and medical checkup to try to diagnose why the hematoma is occurring.  Microscopic and blood testing is performed to determine if infestation or infection is present.  The overall health of the animal is determined. 

 Option one:  Surgery depends if the animal is too old or otherwise not of good health to undergo general anesthesia required to undergo surgery to relieve and repair the ear pinna.  If this case exists, then the surgery is not an option. 

Outcome one:  Generally accepted as best option to repair the pinna.  However, the surgical option is very invasive leaving the animal with a lengthy and painful recovery during which the animal will need constant care to apply topical medications to large wounds, cleaning of the wounds, and oral medications to relieve pain and prevent internal infections.  The surgery leaves open wounds to allow the broken vessel to continue to bleed and the owner to tend to.

Option two:  The other option is to relieve the blood pool by aspiration with a hypodermic needle.  Medical injections of the veterinarian’s determination may be performed as an inhibitor to swelling or pain. 

Outcome two:  The hematoma will continue to refill the pinna till at some time the vessel seals and the cavity where the hematoma occurred forms a large blood clot and hardens.  Depending on how large the blood clot is and how long the animal has had the hematoma, the results are discomfort during healing and disfigurement after.  The potential for infection during the frequent aspirations is a concern.  The possible obstruction of the ear canal after the ear shrivels is also a concern.

Either of the two options, available at present by the veterinarians, do not address the root problem of the aural hematoma:  the broken blood vessel is still broken.  Unless this problem is addressed, then healing cannot occur.  The surgery splays open the ear to remove the fluid build-up and clotted blood present.  Mattress sutures are applied throughout the pinna to locate the skin next to the cartilage to promote adhesion, but the sutures penetrate through the entire pinna leaving the opportunity for infection at any of the suture sites.  A similar surgery with a biopsy punch make holes instead of an incision and uses a co2 laser to create an array of spot attachments (more wounds) on the entire underside of the pinna where the hematoma has occurred.  Still, the biopsy holes are for the removal of the fluids and the relief of any more fluids building into the affected area of pinna.  Sometimes the veterinarian will install a tube allowing the blood returning into the hematoma to flow out of the cavity and away.

The ‘Aural Splint’ is now the only option addressing the expressed correction of the broken blood vessel. 

 The ‘Aural Splinttreatment consists of two flat or conical shaped plates conforming to ear size and containing a raised rib at or around the base of each plate, when situated and held in place against the pinna, act as a splint by holding the pinna in a defined location not allowing the hematoma to fill uncontrolled.  Using non-elastic tape to hold the plates in place, the plates offer the pinna a protective environment to slightly refill and then have the broken blood vessel be stopped by the back pressure of the confined space between the plates.  The raised rib provides a stop mechanism not allowing the hematoma to extend beyond the predetermined area of treatment.  By having the small amount of blood in the hematoma cavity and the skin and cartilage in close proximity to each other, the characteristic of the blood will coagulate the broken blood vessel as well as act as an adhesive agent to bond the skin to the cartilage. 

With the pinna protected and no chance of infection from additional wounds, the ‘Aural Splint’ allows the animals own healing bodily fluids to work toward a far successful outcome than the surgical or medical options presented until today. 

Daniel Whitton


20 June 2012

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Ranked #29 in Pet Health

This is good information Daniel. It makes sense too. This is such a common problem for dogs. Two of ours have had the surgery. It is painful for the dog, really messy and expensive. Thanks for writing this and letting people know about this alternative treatment.

can you upload a picture of the aural spint

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Thanks to all the 5700 visitors for this article in the last 3 years. Since this publishing, the auralsplint has had 100 participants in the case studies. With a few more surveys to be returned, a descriptive report will be published revealing the results en masse. The report will show very good results for those who can keep the treatment plates in location on the ear for the 14 day duration. I am positive the veterinarians will appreciate having this corrective option to offer their patients and will be able to charge accordingly. In my haste, in the title paragraph I stated that 'blood flow must be stopped in order for healing to occur'. I would like to clarify this for everyone: The broken blood vessel needs to seal, and is sealed when the pressure from the hematoma equalizes into the confined area of the Auralsplint, thus allowing the animal's own bodily fluids to coagulate the broken artery. This correction is part of what sets apart the Auralsplint from any other approach to treating and now healing an aural hematoma in canine. A second part to the auralsplint is its ability to hold the ear in a natural position long enough for the thin layer of blood clot to bind with both the cartilage and the skin, and as regeneration of the spent blood cells occurs, the fibrous elements remain as the tissues for attachment. There will be evidence that the regeneration of the blood clot from a small thin layer works effectively to bind the ear tissue layers in location, without the shriveling of the ear flap as occurs with a large bulbous blood clot and no treatment. The sensible evidence will show the blood clots are regenerated from the outer layers to the central core in a continuous fashion where the skin is pulled toward the central core as the clot is slowly removed, thus the cause of the shriveling. Thanks again to everyone and expect more to come. Daniel Whitton
Ranked #32 in Pet Health
Hello readers searching for alternatives to surgery for aural hematomas in canine. If the hematoma was caused by tissue swelling, then the iodine would be helpful. While iodine is a most important nutrient and can be used for multiple situations topically as an antibiotic and homeopathic cure, iodine cannot address the underlying problem causing the hematoma, the broken blood vessel. The pressure from the broken blood vessel (artery) is causing the tissues to expand into the ever increasing cavity by tearing the skin from the cartilage. The veterinarians do not offer a treatment yet to address this problem of the broken artery. Soon they will have the option, the Auralsplint, which corrects the broken artery and heals the skin next to the cartilage to inhibit shriveling of the ear. The 'Descriptive Article for Auralsplint' will be published later this year, and will show the effectiveness of the treatment as per the now near four year study for voluntary participation of more than 130 trials. The opportunity still exists to participate at Auralsplint.org to have the treatment mailed to you next day for you to administer or to take to your vet for their assistance. The most important information I can give you is to have the hematoma aspirated by hypodermic needle within the first 6 days as to prevent a blood clot from forming in the cavity. This will allow the use of the Auralsplint. If a clot forms, then an incision will have to be made by a veterinarian to remove said blood clot and the then open wound will prohibit the use of the auralsplint until the wounds heals. We all know the extent of damage the surgery causes (google: aural hematoma surgery for dog), and we all want to prevent this. It is for this reason the Auralsplint was created. Also, there is no need for general anesthesia, no wounds, no meds, just the duration of 14 days of being uncomfortable with having a foreign apparatus taped to your animal's ear. Compare this to 4-6 months of healing the wounds of surgery, or the shriveling of the ear where no treatment has occurred. I honestly hope this information helps those who chose to research for aural hematoma treatment options for their animal.
I've made a "splint" for my cat's ear with hair clips, card board and surgical tape. Have you found that the ear needs to be standing or can the ear be bent down? I've had to bend the ear down in order to keep the cat from shaking the splint off. Are you putting cones on the animals?
Ranked #32 in Pet Health
Hello Rudy, sorry to hear your discomfort. Yes you need to wear a protective collar to assist in keeping the plates in place. Please email me your results at auralsplint@yahoo.com. A picture would help describe your results.
Ranked #32 in Pet Health
Thank you to those who have reached out to find ore information about the Auralsplint. The article starts by declaring the blood flow must be stopped to the ear. This is not entirely correct. The blood flow to the ear must be "Controlled", not stopped. Sorry for the confusion. The Descriptive Article for the Case Study Trials is now in progress and will be published here in the coming months. 170 trials to date with over 45 returned surveys from which the Descriptive Article is being written. Positive results are favorable throughout the use of the Auralsplint. With almost 9,000 reads of this article in the 51 months since publishing shows me there is a huge amount of interest in this product. Auralsplint.org, now the mother site for the Auralsplint, will open sales of the treatment soon after publishing of the Descriptive Article. The Mission of Auralsplint.org is to provide an alternative to surgery for those do not want the wounds created by surgery, the continued blood flow out of the hematoma and into the environment of the home, the chance of negative reactions to anesthesia or infections, and lastly the large cost for surgery. My hope is the Veterinary industry will welcome this treatment as a first line of defense for the aural hematoma affliction. With their help, the cost of the Auralsplint should be made affordable to the public and still offer a reasonable amount of revenue for the clinics and the practitioners who will ultimately be installing the treatment. Auralsplint.org as a non-profit corporation will be philanthropic in the field allowing for donations to be accepted and treatment kits provided to institutions and charitable locations who support the use. A crowd sourced funding site will be opened to assist in the move from complimentary services to a paid services site to allow funds to be accumulated and the ability to serve the public animal owners and their needs. Thank you for your read and if you have any questions, please contact me.