Join Date: May 2014
Location: Lancaster Farms
Dogs Name: Lima (Lee-ma)
Dogs Age: 14 weeks
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Puppy refuses to leave bandages alone, help desperately needed!
I am a first time dobe owner and my sweet boy Lima got his ears cropped by a vet who has 32 years of cropping experience. He was miserable with the bandages of the surgery but as soon as the were off he was completely fine and was running around happily while the skin was allowed to heal (my vet told me to put Vaseline on them so that they wouldn't scar as bad and he was more than happy to lean into my hand as I would put it on).
However, now I have a dilemma. I went back to the vet to have them posted and she said that they had healed excellently and showed me how to do a post and did the first posting for me and told me to return next week for more instruction. The bandages were fine the first four days other than him trying to scratch them off and constantly shaking his head. He somehow got his bandages loose yesterday morning. I managed to copy the vet and reposted his ears back but it only lasted a full day before he got free of them. This morning I found him with one ear out of the post and when I took off the old to put the new, he had a sore on the inside of the ear. My vet isn't available until tomorrow so my family and I have constantly tried to bandage them back up but he always gets one ear loose within an hour and we have to redo them over and over. Right now I just let them loose out of fear for over stressing both Lima and his ears. He seems fine, and very happy to be out of the bandages, but they are not fully upright and around the middle of the ears they flop over but I don't think the cartilage is broken because when something gets his attention he manages to put both his ears up in the correct position.
I am a little out of my wits, I have tried everything (including the e-collar), and I have no clue what to do. Please help! Should I leave them out until tomorrow or should I try to bandage them back up?