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Cauliflower: It's not just a vegetable

Vigorous head shaking in dogs can cause blood vessels to rupture, leading to "cauliflower ear."

Updated: May 27, 2004, 5:22 PM ET
By Karen Tobias | Veterinarian
University of Tennessee

As a high school coach and referee for Big 10 college wrestling matches, my dad saw a lot of cauliflower ears. Trauma from grabbing, flipping, twisting, and even (*gasp*) biting resulted in swelling and occasionally ear deformity in more than one young man. The same sort of problem can occur in your dog, whether or not he participates in such rough extracurricular activities.

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