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If he's banging around playing and/or actively rubbing his ears against things I don't think it's going to be a matter of him being a vWD affected puppy (but I'd still want to know what his genetic status is) but if he's just scraping the scabs off--that's why he's still getting bleeding at those places--and it's why vets and many of us tell newbies to ear cropping to NOT pick the scabs off--they'll fall off when the tissue beneath the scab is healed.
If you think he's playing too rough--is he playing by himself or with you or with another dog. Most puppies learn the very first time they bang a newly cropped ear into something and it HURTS to be more careful of the ears. Most puppies, when they rub their ears on things, scrape a scab off on whatever they were rubbing their ear on learn that it HURTS.
Both of those things will cause bleeding. But there are exceptions to every rule and if you have a puppy play so hard with another puppy or another dog I'd stop that until his ears heal--and every time he scrapes a scab off it'll delay healing. I wouldn't use one of the rubber donuts because the chances are he'll still try rubbing his ears on stuff (and for the record all of my puppies hated the donut more than even the cone of shame and I never used either on a puppy with newly cropped ears.
IF the ears scab up again where a scab got scraped off and don't continue to bleed for hours but only for minutes I'd say that it is more related to the puppy's activity level than to the possiblity of being vWD Affected and a clinical bleeder.
There isn't an absolute answer about how long "normal" is when it comes to ear edges on a cropped ear. And some puppy's are clueless and don't learn from banging into things and scraping off scabs--most do though. So it sounds like something else might be going on.
At this point maybe you've noticed something that would be a further clue.
And of course the other thing that I can tell you is that ears even on grown dogs bleed when scraped hard enough to puncture the skin or are dumb enough (like one of mine) to try to look into the heart of a rose bush when he saw a bird disappear into one--he got a thorn puncture in one ear which I didn't notice and when I saw him trying to extract the bird from the bush I brought him in--he followed me back to the bedroom where I was doing something. He shook his head, just once, it it looked like I'd been slaughtering something--he spattered blood on two out of four walls, himself and me.
So, I don't know for sure what's happening with your puppy but if he isn't learning by himself that banging his ears around maybe he shouldn't be playing any time he's out of your sight.
Good luck--like I said--puppy's are pills--I've always thought they spend their nights dreaming up ways to scare their owners to death.
Last edited by dobebug; 05-02-2020 at 02:07 PM.