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Old 12-14-2012, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been on this site for a while now lurking around. The initial wrap finally came off of my boys ears and they did another job today. The vet I took him too has glowing recommendations and have seen a lot of pics of ears he's done and they were all great. Getting to my question, my boy keep messing with his ears so much we had no choice but to go to the cone of same. With that said he's still doing his darnest to mess with his ears. We tried all options before we decided on the cone and he's still at it. Any one have any suggestions at all? We were at the vet again today and there is no infection or anything along those lines. I would remove the cone if the stitches weren't showing on the sides. I've been through and read every single thread related to this but still felt compelled to reach out and ask. By the way, the little fella name is Gambit and he's just about 11 weeks now.

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Old 12-14-2012, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Poor guy. Are you sure he's trying to scratch his ears or just trying to get all that tape off his head? At least the cut edges seem to be uncovered I think?
I personally would get that contraption off his head and he would probably be alot happer. Really no need for all of that, I'd let them hang before I made him wear all of that. Good luck with him. I'm sure once the ears heal some he will leave them alone. Cute little guy.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention that i couldn't stand it any more and did finally take it off his head for a while but he tried to dive bomb under the couch to scratch his ears and get that crap off his head. The tape isn't actually on his head. It's some type of non-allergenic gauze and the tape is sitting on top of that and not his actual fur. I didn't actually think I would need to post because of so much great advice already listed here. He just won't stop though and not sure what my approach should be. He has ton of toys and chews to try to divert his attention and it does work for maybe a minute.
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Good luck! I didn't have to go through any of this as my boy's stitches were out by the time he came to me... but I can't imagine he can do more harm than 10 other puppies chewing and scratching at them... maybe try a supervised cone-less time every day and see how it goes.
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Lola was really itchy and wanted to scratch her ears all the time. As, I have used this with previous pups and we also used this in the Vet Practice I worked in, with healing, itchy surgical wounds, without issue. I applied a small amount of of Aloe Vera gel directly to the cut edge of the ear, several times a day and that took care of it. Relieved the itching and made her feel much better. I have never had to use an e-collar for an ear crop.

Important that you use a 100% natural Aloe Vera Gel, one that is 99.5% Whole Leaf Aloe Vera and that is Certified Organic. You can find it at GNC for about $12.00. I think the brand is "Natural Brand". If you don't have a GNC nearby, any brand will do, as long as it is 99.5% Pure and Organic. Many brands contain Thickeners, Hydrators, Surfactants, Emulsifiers, etc...

If you have ever had any kind of surgery, or even a good cut -- the itching can drive you nuts. So, I feel for the poor pup.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would think the worst part is all that stuff wrapped around his head and neck. I would get everything off if he were mine. An owner shouldnt have to deal.with all of this.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for the aloe Vera suggestion. We made it through that phase finally. Here is the little fella today. Out in the back yard for some play time. Will be 12 weeks this Monday.

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