I feel horrible for putting my dog through this. He's still running around and happy but that cannot be comfortable. The vet is Dr. Jones at the Wapato Toppenish Veterinary clinic in Washington. We looked around he seemed to have great reviews and he performs about 30 crops a month. We drove 2 hours to get there. Such a mistake.
I'm so sorry you have had a realty rotten experience. I'll tell you that we've heard about this vet in the past from someone who was referred there because it was the ONLY place that would crop in the immediate area. I've looked it up a couple of times to tell people who asked getting a dog cropped there and this is no place to get a Dobe cropped.
He may be cropping 30 crops a month but I believe from what I've been told that most of the crops are on various Bully breeds who have pretty different crops than Dobes.
As someone else said--don't beat yourself --you didn't know--now you do.
As bad as the ears may look now they will heal and he'll be fine but he probably does need antibiotics at this point so find yourself a good local vet--tell them they won't have to post ears or anything like that--all you are going to want them to do is clean up the messy ears, the place on his neck prescribe and give antibiotics as necessary and don't even take him back to Dr Jones to remove the sutures--any vet can remove those--then leave his ears just hang until they are completely and totally healed. Ask any questions you have here and other folks have referred to you the stickies about how to post ears and we have plenty of people who can help walk you through that too.
Rosemary filled you in an the Dobermans bleed business--that infuriates me that a practicing veterinarian would be so cavalier about what he said when it isn't the case at all. Even affected (Dobermans with two genes for vWD) rarely are clinical--most of them don't bleed any more than any dog.
As far as the tape goes--yes, it's possible that your puppy has an adhesive allergy. A good many people, dogs and cats are allergic to latex adhesives. But I'd bet that it isn't an allergy that was making mess of your puppies ears--much more likely that was an infection of the crop site itself, buried under all that tape.
We'll help you--just ask. I used know a Dobe breeder in Wenatchee but I realized that she'd moved some time ago--I'll see if I can find someone if you get to a point where you need some show and tell to help with the posting.