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Post crop surgery tape sliced forehead.

This is a long story that I'll try to keep short, but I'm hoping someone can reassure me that everything will turn out okay. My puppy was cropped on 7/29. She was brought home with the cup on top with tape wrapped around head and an e-collar. On 8/1, I noticed how tight the tape actually was around her face. She had already been scratching at the e-collar a lot, but I figured since she was scratching the plastic and not her actual ears she wasn't doing any harm. When I woke up on 8/2, I noticed brown spots along top of tape at forehead. It was a little sticky so I wasn't sure it was blood. Few hours later, determined it was blood cause it started seeping through the tape more. I immediately emailed the vet a pic (on Sunday her day off) and she told me to bring her in next morning. Throughout day it started to get worse and my puppy managed to push the cup back a little and the skin exposed looked really raw. Emailed vet again and vet agreed to meet me at her clinic asap. When we got there, vet pushed cup back a lil more. The constant scratching against the e-collar was pushing cup and tape along forehead back and forth digging into her scalp causing it to slice open. The vet put in 3 staples to hold the skin together. Today I noticed blood again at rim of cup on forehead. I was worried she was cutting forehead again in the new placement of cup so I took her to vet again. The Dr. removed the cup and although it does't look like this one dug into her skin, there is a line from the cup. The ears are now hanging loosely 6 days post op. She said wait 3 days before posting back on cup. Her forehead looks horrible and I'm scared this is going to scar her. I've searched endlessly to see if this has happened before and only found one other incidence where cup irritation caused a staff infection around the crown of head. I have several pics on iPhone, but can't figure out how to attach them. Side note: I used this same vet for the cropping of my other dobe and we were extremely satisfied with outcome of ears. I also adopted this puppy from a rescue so there isn't a breeder involved that I can seek advice from.
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It happens and should heal just fine. Leave the E-collar off and just let the ears flop. Won't hurt them and when everything is healed start posting. Hugs to your baby girl.

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I would guess that since your vet put on an ecollar that he has had problems with ear crops before. I have never used an ecollar on puppies and they don't scratch or mess with them much. We use a tube sock and cut it for a bonnet over the ears....we put tons of neosporin on the ear for 3 days then put nothing. We use the tube sock bonnet for 3 days too. I've never had an infection and would never recommend an ecollar. When ears are not infected they heal in 5 to 7 days. This is why the breeders usually handle this for you. Vets are not trained in school for this. At this point, I agree leave the ear down till healed.
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