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New Ears! Crop Job

Zeus is home from the vet! Here are pictures of his crop. He was just cropped yesterday. I really don't think this do-dad on his head is going to last very long... he keeps shaking his head and/or scratching at it (I've been stopping him when I catch him doing it. Took the day off from work so I could be home with him today, and hubby is home with him tomorrow). The vet says that if it falls off to leave it off and we bring him back in six days to get it re-racked, then 6 days after that to get his stitches out. They said if he needs a cone then they can put one on...which I'm considering because he's acting normal, which is good! but also means that he's playing rough with his toys, rolling around, and wanting to scratch and I don't want him to pull out his stitches.

I'm going to take the advice of others here who know a lot more than I do and will post his ears once they've healed instead of continuing this rack thing. Thank you @dobebug and @melbrod for the advice and instructions on posting! Here are pics of Zeus. Thoughts on his ears, or is it too early to tell?







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You can take it off carefully and either leave the ears to flop around or tape the two front uncut edges together over the top of his head. Don't put a cone (Elizabethan collar) on him. It will rub on the ears and cause discomfort.
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Hard to tell the actual shape of the crop with the rack on. But, from what I can see they look nice. I have never used a rack to support newly cropped ears, but it looks nice and sanitary. For years we simply taped the ears over the head avoiding the sutures like greenkouki mentioned.

Our last several dogs have had their ears put in a styrofoam cup. I really never noticed a difference, as the "standing" of the ears, once cropped is a matter of correct posting.

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Oh... Like green said: No collar. He will get totally used to to his ears in no time.
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They look pretty good to me...can’t tell about the shape, though from what I can see of the bottom of the ear crop/stitches, it looks like it should be good. I don’t see any swelling or unusual discharge. He should learn pretty fast not to scratch...it hurts if you scratch!

And so long as he doesn’t have an infection or something like that going on, the crop incisions themselves shouldn’t bother him too much as they continue to heal. He may be scratching now because the foam on the top of his head is bothering him a bit. I don’t think I’d try to take it off, but if it comes off partway or all of the way on its own, I’d remove it and leave it off. You can let the ears dangle, or tape them tip to tip across the top of his head....they will heal just fine.

And as you said, they can’t be posted until they are healed COMPLETELY--no sores, scabs, or irritated places.

It is well worth it to learn how to post the ears on your own...that way, you can adjust any little problems that show up right away, instead of waiting for a vet appt. If the post pops out of his ear at the bottom or if his ears/posts get wet, you will need to take the posts down right away and repost them. It’s so much easier if you can do that on your own.

If his ears have an increased discharge or smell, or you see sore oozy places, you will need to leave them down until they heal and maybe even head to the vet for treatment, depending on how bad it looks.

Posts popping out of the ears is a common problem new-to-posting people have. Just keep at it..usually that means you need to adjust the way the post is riding in the ear, or how you are taping them. You will feel all thumbs at first, but you’ll get it fairly quickly. Really.

And if you have any problems, just fire your questions right at us. We WILL ask for pictures.....even if things are going fine. That goes without saying.

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Thanks for the good set of pictures. Like John (4 x 4 Bike..) I can't tell a lot with he ears up in the rack but from what I can see it looks like an OK crop--you'll be able to tell a lot more after even the first posting.

I don't use e-collars on any puppies for ear crops--as Melbrod said the e-collar itself tends to push on the ears and cause more problems than it solves. I found that scratching at the ears usually ended on of two ways--either the puppy was so clumsy at scratching they never managed to actually scratch the ear or if they did they promptly found out it hurt and stopped scratching.

Keep the puppy's nails well trimmed and it cuts down on the possibility of the puppy actually pulling on a suture.

I said before, I'd learn to post ears but would probably let the vet rerack the ears at least until the sutures were out.

Whatever else happens just make sure no one tries to start posting until the ear edges are completely healed.

Very cute puppy...
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