My dog has a cauliflower ear. The outer portion of his left ear looks like it's swollen. The vet said it's a hematoma that must have developed after a blow to his ear. He said that he needs to do surgery to remove it.
I talked to my friend about this who also has a dog with the same condition. Except that he never got it treated. He said that it's fine but the dog's ear looks kind of funny now because the fluid is absorbed and the skin is all scrunched up. I guess that's where the name "cauliflower ear" comes from.
I really don't know if I should approve the surgery or just let it be. I know the vet is going to place a drain and it will need some time to heal. I just don't know if this ear hematoma treatment is worth it. I don't want to cause my dog any pain and discomfort if I don't have to.