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Ear Cropping infection

My Doberman puppy named Crimson is now officially 13 weeks old. We got him last week which was week 12 for him. The breeder said this was an accidental litter for her And he was the last of his litter mates. When we met her to retrieve Crimson she brought his dad along so we could see how big he’s his. His dad’s ears had a high crop and looked good but she mentioned if we wanted his Crimson’s cropped and to start the posting process we need to do it immediately because the cartilage can began to harden during week 12 for Dobermans. So the next day which was a Monday we took him to the Vet to get his first shots and get his ears cropped. They said they were full that day but bring him in tomorrow and they could do the cropping. We took him the next day, they did the cropping but used dissolvable sutures. We’ll since then I’ve been having nothing but problems. Crimson keeps scratching his ears through the cone and busted open his stitches on the bottom of his left ear. I tried calling the Vet who did the crop but their lines we constantly busy. So I called a different Vet and they said his cone from the other Vet was probably too small. So we took him to a the other Vet who doesn’t do ear cropping but he sutured his exposed bottom part of his left ear, gave us antibiotics, a larger cone and said to removed to sutures in 10 days. Also Crimson was running a fever of 101 degrees. My first concern is Crimson’s health buy now I’m worried it may be too late to start posting if we wait much longer for his ear to fully heal. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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It's not too late to start posting but his ears should not have been sutured with dissolvable sutures. It won't be too late to start after the sutures that remain are removed and that's 10 to 14 days.

Your puppy should be on antibiotics if the ears are infected or if he's running an elevated temperature for any reason.

And most important no posting should be done until the entire ear edge is completely healed and there are no scabs, no raw spots--posting before complete healing is more than likely to end up with infected ears.

I think you got some not so good information kind of all the way around. But the important thing now is to make sure the ears are healed entirely before you start posting.

Check out the posting information and videos on the puppy forum about ears. A lot of very good information about when and how to post and what materials are recommended to do the posting.

Good luck.

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