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Should I remove the cup on my puppy's head?
I have a 9-week old puppy who was cropped exactly two weeks ago. I picked him up 4 days ago. The breeder told me that the cup that his ears are taped to should fall off and that the stitches should dissolve. The edges of the ears are not covered by the tape. Some of the stitches have already dissolve/fallen out, but others haven't. My own research shows that stitches usually come out between 10 and 14 days, and the cup comes off at the same time.
I brought my puppy to the vet today for his first visit, and he said that the stitches can take up to 30 days to dissolve and not to worry about them. He also said to leave the cup on the puppy's head for as long as it looks like it is helping. He said the ears are taped so that they are open and breathing well. He said he is afraid that if it is taken off too early and the ears flop, they won't take as well to posting.
Am I okay to follow the vet's advice? This is not the vet who cropped the ears for the breeder, but my own vet. FWIW he said that he has a dog with cropped ears. It looks like my puppy has a pretty long crop.