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Just got cropped and need help!

New member. Sorry, I haven't posted an introduction yet. My Doberman pup is 9 weeks and just got his ears cropped today. The vet comes highly recommended. I cannot stop him from trying to scratch his ears. The vet has them all wrapped up and in a "hat" tied around his chin. He told me to keep him away from other animals and to not let him go outside on his own because if he gets the hat off "we're in trouble". How do I keep him from scratching when I'm sleeping or away? Please help!
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I really have never had problems with puppies scratching at their newly cropped ears--once they scratch and make contact with the cropped edge they pretty much gave up trying to scratch.

But I really disagree with your vet about being "in trouble". My first Dobe was cropped in 1959 and since then I've seen everything on post crop pups--ears just left to dangle, ears put up on "racks" (which look a lot like a medieval torture device), on cups, on foam blocks, taped or glued flat across the top of their heads--covered, uncovered, with a protective hat and without and with e-collars--and until the sutures are out and the ears are completely healed it really doesn't make a whole lot of difference what happens --the posting itself is going to be the deciding factor on how those ears end up.

Or, I guess I should say, that's been my experience.
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Can you post a photo that shows us the 'hat' and how it is tied under the chin.

I hope the cut edges are not covered with tape,

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keep him distracted with fun toys and treats.
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Thanks, all! Here is my big guy. Almost 10 weeks and a solid 22 lbs! He's not going to be small! The edges are not taped. I think it's just a foam block in the middle.
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Wow, that is quite the hat and tape job.

If he continues to bother/scratch at it.... I would just take them down, let them flop till the edges are healed and the ears are ready to post.
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It looks like he just has stockings over the foam/ears to keep everything tidy, not a bunch of tape. If that's the case it's probably fine to leave it like that. You could find he does better to remove the stockings if it's still bothering him tomorrow though.
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It looks like he just has stockings over the foam/ears to keep everything tidy, not a bunch of tape. If that's the case it's probably fine to leave it like that. You could find he does better to remove the stockings if it's still bothering him tomorrow though.
This is exactly what Michelle (Foxfire) sent me home with except the ears were in a cup. It worked really well. Swap it out immediately if the stocking gets, wet or dirty.
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Thank you for all the replies! He seems to being doing better today. He's definitely in better spirits! His little nub is going a mile a minute again! We got him this past Saturday and have been working on crate training ever since. He's actually going in by himself during the day now. And last night he slept for about 8 hours in there without whining. I'm sure his ears will turn out great. Just a combination of me feeling bad for him and the fact that he's my first Doberman and first crop (I've had and raised labs my entire life). Thanks again!
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Glad to hear he's happy and doing better today! So much fun stuff to learn and play with - enjoy the time as a puppy. No matter how trying it is, it's gone all too soon and you'll look back and miss these days.
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He's still trying to scratch, but near as much as yesterday. I went out last night and bough him some "hiking boots" to prevent his nails from tearing the bandage. He does pretty well with them. He had one off this morning but I think he's just chewing at it because he's a puppy. He doesn't seem like he's doing it because they bother him.
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He's still trying to scratch, but near as much as yesterday. I went out last night and bough him some "hiking boots" to prevent his nails from tearing the bandage. He does pretty well with them. He had one off this morning but I think he's just chewing at it because he's a puppy. He doesn't seem like he's doing it because they bother him.
I meant to say NOT near as much as yesterday.
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4 days after surgery, how does it look? Seems ok to me but it's my first. Oh, and he's 17", 25lbs. Turned 10 weeks yesterday.
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Looks to be healing just fine.
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They look like they are healing nicely. When are the sutures being removed?
When did they put the "contraption" on his head? Does it bother him?
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They look like they are healing nicely. When are the sutures being removed?
When did they put the "contraption" on his head? Does it bother him?
He had the crop done last Tuesday (four days ago), and had the foam and sock up until today. Today they took that off and taped them up to the head rack. The cost of the procedure covers all aftercare so that's nice. I have been/will be taking him back every other day, per the vet, until his ears are good to go. I imagine his sutures will be out by Wednesday or Friday of this week. The rack does seem to bother him a little. Probably more of an annoyance, really.
Maybe my thinking is off here but shouldn't the posting take less time since he has a head start? Meaning that since his ears are healing in the standing position it shouldn't take as long to stand on their own?
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Possibly... But in my experience, not necessarily. First, all dogs are different. This depends in the actual ear itself, the style of crop and the posting regime.

Personally, I would plan on posting through teething. Depending on the dog that is between 6-7 months. It is not uncommon to post or support the ears in another fashion well beyond that period.

Just do not rush it.

One other thing, the less "down time" the ears have, generally the quicker they finish.

Again... This is just my experience. All dogs are different.

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kjmdrumz3,

His ears are the least of your worries. You have, at least, three years of bratty teenager shenanigans on your hands. That is when the fun begins!

What a cutie!
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