|Koda with 2 perfectly normal and beautiful ears!|
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Castor Oil For Hematomas
A few years ago, I awoke one Saturday morning and went to go let our Lab, Koda, outside. We have a laundry room off of our garage and he gets to sleep in there. He was shaking his head constantly and upon examination, one of his ears was about 1/2 thick or more and squooshy. We immediately called the vet, not sure what was going on. They informed us that, without a doubt, he had an aural hematoma or ear hematoma. Possibly from shaking his head around (he's constantly jumping in the pond and then shaking off), he had hit something and injured his ear, causing it to fill up with blood. We were ready to throw him in the truck and do whatever to get him fixed up. Unfortunately, they also informed us that they did not have an anesthesiologist in on Saturdays and that the surgery to fix this required the dog be put under. They place a drain in the ear to drain the blood and then it later has to be removed. According to them, if this is not done, it may heal on its own but the dog's ear will be extremely disfigured, like someone ran a thread through it and then pulled the thread tight. We were supposed to wait until Monday and bring him in, or I guess we could have also opted for the ER vet. Well, I had my Castor oil with a little lavender oil mixed in, remembered it was good for bruises because it dispersed the blood, so we gave that a try. 3 times a day, my husband rubbed his ear with it, rubbing and massaging. We noticed improvement right away but by the third day, his ear looked completely normal and he was acting completely normal. I later took him in for his annual visit and the vet could not believe it. She said he must not have had a hematoma because there is no way his ear looked like that without having been drained. (She also told me straight up that she does not believe in natural medicine because she only believes in things for which she's seen proof. Yet she saw proof and denied it.) As you can imagine, I was thrilled that once again, natural medicine had done something to shock and amaze a practitioner of modern medicine. This had happened to me before with my son, but that's another story. Next I'll tell you about castor oil vs. the ant bite, and I'm not talking about your average ant bite either.