Ok, I will get in contact with Dr. Kathy McLemore later today. I am going to attempt to remove the tape and the posts when I get home. I am going to buy baby oil and use q-tips to wedge the oil in-between the tape and the ears. After removing the tape slowly, I will wash the ears with warm/soapy water. I am going to leave the e-collar on since I'm afraid of her doing more damage to her stitches and hurting herself. If I see that the stitch has popped on the right side, I will go tomorrow to EarTrim to demand a restitch on her. I'm sick of seeing my girl in pain. I never thought this was going to be our experience with ear cropping. If I do decide to tape her tips over her head, what tape brand should I use?
Once again, I appreciate all the help you all are providing me.
If nothing else Dr Crouch, (I think I blew the name of the vet in Katy and MeadowCat) put in a link for the actual clinic)--should be able to refer you to someone in Houston who can either resuture the base if you do have another popped suture. (However, if it's the top suture most croppers will just leave the ear base a little more open rather than try to repair the base suture. It's tough to get a good join down there without debriding both sides of the opening where the pulled suture is. If it's the top sutures, leaving it open isn't that big a deal--the area will heal but the base will be a bit more open than if the sutures had held.)
You and your puppy should NEVER, EVER have had to go through anything like this--I can't believe they just pulled that tape that they used off without using one of the many adhesive removal products that are available. No wonder she cried.
I've never actually had a vet give tranquilizers to keep puppies quiet after cropping and I've had cropped Dobermans since 1959. Most now give a pain med for a few days and most give antibiotics for 5 to 7 days. But these are vets who DON'T post ears immediately after cropping. They glue the ears to foam blocks or to foam or plastic coffee cups and tape the ears to the cup so that none of the tape is over the newly cut ear of the pup.
The tape that should be used for working on ears should be a low tack (not very sticky) fabric, breathable tape (similar to the kind of tape athletes use for taping wrists and ankles where they may be taping the area daily) Johnson and Johnson makes a couple of these--J & J Zonas tape which is very commonly used in vet clinics. Or Johnson and Johnson Coach Sports Tape.
The J & J Sports tape can be found in regular drug stores and places like Walmart. Mostly you can find it in 1-1/2"--occasionally you can also find it in 1". Walgreens Drugs often carries it too.
It doesn't have to be baby oil or mineral oil--plain old cooking oil (Wesson oil) works fine and in a pinch at a dog show I once used butter to loosen adhesive on ears that needed reposting.
What with one thing and another I don't know if I'd want to let EarTrim ever get their hands on my puppy again.
The other tape that you can find at Vet clinics is by Curity--I don't recommend it as it is much stickier than the J & J products.
And as for charging ANYTHING for removing sutures! At the clinic where I work we routinely remove sutures from stuff we had nothing to do with--FREE! If your dog got stitches up in Paduka Falls, MI and you are one of our clients we'll take those sutures out for nothing. If we do surgery of any sort that involves sutures we always remove them for free.