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Old 08-05-2012, 02:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Questions about post ear cropping care

Hello I'm a new happy owner of a puppy Doberman. We just got his ears cropped this past Monday. We are following Dr.'s instructions on cleaning the ears. We are cleaning twice a day am/pm we clean the sutures with a gauze pad soaked with hydrogen peroxide and remove all scabs and apply antibiotic ointment at the end. It's been five days now going to six after the surgery and I see that in some spots of his ears still bleed. We are concerned about removing the scabs although the Dr. told us to do so. I'm starting to think that by removing the scabs we are not allowing the scar to heal properly. I've searched the internet and there's many different ways people take care of the ears after surgery it confuses me. Are we doing it the correct way? Is it ok to use hydrogen peroxide? Should we keep removing the scabs? Should we clean twice/once a day? I'll appreciate any tips or advice.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The less you do to newly cropped ears generally the better. Don't use alcohol or peroxide to clean them as both of these destroy tissue and delay healing...plus it hurts. Leave the scabs on and let them fall off on their own. You can put the ointment on the open places and scabs. Later on, use a mix of half vinegar and half water to clean ears. The vinegar makes the skin surface inhospitable to bacteria, fungus and yeast, so helps keep the ears healthy. Good luck!
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Hello I'm a new happy owner of a puppy Doberman. We just got his ears cropped this past Monday. We are following Dr.'s instructions on cleaning the ears. We are cleaning twice a day am/pm we clean the sutures with a gauze pad soaked with hydrogen peroxide and remove all scabs and apply antibiotic ointment at the end. It's been five days now going to six after the surgery and I see that in some spots of his ears still bleed. We are concerned about removing the scabs although the Dr. told us to do so. I'm starting to think that by removing the scabs we are not allowing the scar to heal properly. I've searched the internet and there's many different ways people take care of the ears after surgery it confuses me. Are we doing it the correct way? Is it ok to use hydrogen peroxide? Should we keep removing the scabs? Should we clean twice/once a day? I'll appreciate any tips or advice.
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Don't use hydrogen peroxide. A warm washcloth gently once a day to just remove any scabs that are large or starting to buckle the edge. If you keep antibiotic ointment on the edges the scabs will come off very easily. Keep the area clean is all, sometimes I clean them every other day but check them more often for any issues. A little bleeding under the scabs is normal but you want the scab to form for healing. The edges usually take at least two weeks to heal and the bases longer.
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I'll third the "no peroxide thing". This was told to me by a vet. While it may be o-k to use on a wound for an initial cleaning, do not continue as it inhibits healing by destroying tissue.
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Thank you all for the advices. We left the ears and scabs alone and just applied ointment once a day and the scabs came right off alone. He had his first vet visit today for ear checkup and they were really surprised on how great and clean the ears look, they are healing very well. We really appreciate your help and as new puppy owners we love DT!
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