Why must I sign a waiver?
The waiver allows the owners and affiliates of Auralsplint Inc. PBC to provide this treatment as a choice you make to treat your animal without surgery. In no way is the Auralsplint recommended to take the place of a professional veterinarian. There may be underlying conditions causing the animal distress and assisting in causing the hematoma. It is recommended after installation by owner, or at time of visit to vet to have them install the treatment, that you have your animal checked for ear infections or infestations.
Does the Auralsplint work on dogs with 'Erect' ears?
Yes the Auralsplint is the only corrective treatment designed to heal the erect ears in their natural position. Head wraps and elastic bandages put over erect ears will force the ear to heal in a downward position. The Auralsplint holds the ear erect during the 14 days in location so that the ear will remain erect.
What makes the Auralsplint different from surgery?
Veterinary surgery causes wounds to the dog's ear making recovery harder due to the length of time for the surgical wounds to heal. Many times the surgeon will leave an open wound for blood re-entering the hematoma to escape as to not 'blow up' the ear flap again. The Auralsplint does not wound the dog. The hypodermic needle aspiration is the only invasive procedure requiring blood to be removed prior to taping the auralsplint plates in location.
What is included in the Auralsplint treatment kit?
The Auralsplint Aural Hematoma Treatment Canine contains the Auralsplint plates, 2 rolls of Durapore medical tape, a hypodermic needle head, alcohol wipes, Listor scissors, complete set of instructions to perform needle aspiration and installation of treatment plates.
Where can I find a Veterinarian who uses the Auralsplint?
The Auralsplint is not yet in the vet clinics. It is up to you to ask them to use the treatment. Otherwise you will have only a surgery option to attempt to heal the hematoma. Surgery wounds the animal extensively and is not recommended. The FDA has concluded the Auralsplint a Class 1 Medical Device.
How can I get the treatment kit?
You may order it here at this site until such time in the future when veterinary clinics begin to stock the treatment. Ask your vet to provide this treatment as a first line of defense to repair aural hematoma in canine.
What happens to the ear after the blood clots?
If the blood pool is left to clot, then over time it will reduce. But most times the ear will shrivel and cause cleaning problems later, and possible ear infections. The objective of the Auralsplint is for a thin layer of blood to return into hematoma and form a thin layer of blood clot to act upon sealing the broken blood vessels and tie the tissues together again. Research has shown the size of the blood clot or blood pool in the hematoma is directly related to the amount of shriveling occurring after healing.
Does the Auralsplint really work?
Yes, it works. The process is medically based on principles of natural healing. The Auralsplint is geared to assist the animal in repairs and hold the ear in its natural position while healing to lessen the after effects. The Auralsplint is the only treatment available that addresses the rapid healing of the broken blood vessels. All present veterinary surgical treatments allow the blood reentering the hematoma to escape through a drain or wound.
Can I have FedX or UPS deliver the Auralsplint treatment kit?
Yes, but it is more expensive. With an early aspiration, you have four days until another aspiration is needed. This is enough time to order and receive your treatment kit through USPS.
Why must I have a hypodermic needle aspiration before treating?
The fluids in the hematoma bleed into the pocket from the broken blood vessels. As with any other blood clot, soon the fluids will begin to turn from fluid into a jelly before turning solid. If this is allowed to happen, then a needle aspiration will become ineffective. It is the Auralsplint's recommendation to have the initial hypodermic needle aspiration at time of first visit to vet. this simple procedure allows pan relief from the expanding hematoma, and gives the patient time to order the Auralsplint treatment.
Can the aural hematoma look like an ear blister?
Yes the affliction of an aural hematoma looks very much like a large blister, usually located on the underside (ear canal side) of the ear flap. the difference is the pool is filled with blood instead of clear serum.
Will the treatment hurt my dog?
The taping may leave some hair loss due to length of time (14 days) the auralsplint needs to be in place. Your dog is already in pain from the hematoma tearing apart the tissues between the skin and cartilage. The initial hypodermic needle aspiration will cause a small amount of pain due to the needle penetration, but immediately the ear hematoma pressure is reduced, the tearing of the tissues stops, and allows for the ongoing pain to be stopped.
How much does aural hematoma surgery cost compared to the Auralsplint?
Surgery is not advised by Auralsplint as long as the aural hematoma is caught early in the first week from onset. If surgery is required to remove a clotted mass, and standard wounding is performed to the ear, then the costs associated range from $500 - $2500 depending on your economic location. Manhattan NY can cost you the most, whereas Lubbock Texas may cost the least. Best option is to find a vet to hypodermic needle aspirate your animal's aural hematoma at the first visit. This can be performed without anesthesia and might only add to the clinician's cost by $50 or so. Next have the vet order the auralsplint and return in four days to have them install it. I expect the cost for clinical treatment to be around $250. If the cost is prohibitive, then you can participate in the ongoing studies and receive the kit to install yourself. You must have the hematoma aspirated in the first week to keep fresh fluids in the hematoma at time of treatment where a hypodermic needle aspiration is required before application of the treatment plates.