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Hello! Please help!!

Hello all! I have been doing a lot of reading on these forums and I need some help!! I recently got my first Dobe, Gemma, a few weeks ago. She is the sweetest puppy ever but itís breaking my heart that she is so uncomfortable right now. I had her ears cropped last Monday 11/20 and Iím worried about her post op care. When I picked her up her ears were posted and completely wrapped including the incision. Well they told me at the vet that she will have to come back in 10 days to have the stitches removed but I will probably want to come in earlier than that to have the tape changed because it will start to smell. They said to unwrap her ears 24 hours before I bring her in so they have a chance to dry out. They started to smell so I took her in Friday to have the tape changed. Again they brought her out reposted and completely taped up. By last night (Saturday), one day later they were smelling bad again so I bought an e collar and unwrapped her ears so they can breath. Sheís been shaking her head and trying to scratch through this whole process and sheís just miserable. Sheís taking her antibiotics like prescribed also. Iím just not sure what to do at this point. I feel like a terrible person putting her through this.
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Her ears should not be wrapped with tape covering the cut edge until that edge heals completely. She also does not need to be posted during that time. So unwrapping those ears to let them air dry is the way to go--it sounds like you just unwrapped them last night?.

She could be scratching because the e-collar is bothering her, or could be because her ears hurt. Do you see any red, swollen or weeping/raw areas? Any sign of discharge with that smell?

Iím not an expert at all when it comes to meds, but I wonder what antibiotic she is on?
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Thanks for the response! Yes, I unwrapped them last night and put the e collar on her so she doesnít scratch. She was scratching previous to the e collar when they were taped.

The edges are still raw and her right ear has some discharge so there is probably an infection. She is on 250mg cephalexin 2x daily for 10 days.

Will the e collar mess up her ears from pushing against them? Also, will not having her ears taped up like the cup method and just having them flop affect the results when I do start posting?
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You will have plenty of time to post after her ears are completely healed. Having them unwrapped now will make her much comfortable!
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The dose of cephalexin is appropriate for post ear cropping. It should stop the infection now that you have her ears out of tape.

Where did you get the ears cropped? Just lately we've been hearing from puppy after puppy who was cropped and posted immediately. I know one of the places that does this routinely is EarTrim in Texas.

This should NOT be done--the ears need to heal before they are posted.

She'll be fine and the e-collar won't keep the ears from standing properly once they are healed and you can actually post them.
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I definitely feel a bit of relieve now. Thank yíall! I live in Gulfport, MS where she had then done.

Iím not sure why they post them right off or wrap them completely in tape. For me it didnít make sense because just like humans our skin has to breath in order to heal. Iím quite disappointed with the vet but that maybe the way they always do it post surgery.

Another question.. once she has her stitches removed Thursday should they be taped then or leave them untaped? If untaped I definitely want to tell the vet when I brung her in to not put anymore tape on her.
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No tape until the cut edges are completely healed- which might be a week or more after the stitches are removed.
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You need to wait to tape her until her ears have completely healed--no open cuts, no sore areas, not even any scabs anywhere where you will need the tape to run. All clean and healthy looking ear edges. And if there is any infection there, you need for that to be gone too.

You will have enough time after everything heals to post her. So hang in there...

A repeat of what Greenkouki had to say. Everyone types faster than I do.
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I definitely feel a bit of relieve now. Thank yíall! I live in Gulfport, MS where she had then done.

Iím not sure why they post them right off or wrap them completely in tape. For me it didnít make sense because just like humans our skin has to breath in order to heal. Iím quite disappointed with the vet but that maybe the way they always do it post surgery.
Up until maybe five years ago or so no vet that cropped ears ever posted them immediately after they were cropped. I've been cropping puppies, standing in and assisting on crops since 1959--it's never been common practice to tape newly cropped ears--not 50 years ago and not today. As it gets harder to find vets that still crop I've started to wonder if some are starting to crop because there is money to be made and they really don't know nor understand the procedure and WHY you don't slap tape over a newly cropped ear and leave it as your vet did and sent you off with some pretty stupid instructions. Great way to get bad, bad infections going--at least this outfit did give you antibiotics.

Just recently we've had a run of new owners with newly cropped puppies who ended up the same way your puppy did--with ears posted immediately out of surgery.

DUH!!!

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Another question.. once she has her stitches removed Thursday should they be taped then or leave them untaped? If untaped I definitely want to tell the vet when I brung her in to not put anymore tape on her.
No taping and no posting until the ears are entirely healed--no scabs, no infection and tell the vet to just leave them alone--don't post them. On average it take about an additional week (and sometimes more) before the ear edges are entirely healed.

And this is just repeating what Melbrod and Greenkouki have already said--I type fast enough but I went and did something else for awhile and just came back to this.

Good luck...
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