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Puppy Ear Crop, Bell to large?

Hi all this is my first doberman and he had his ears cropped 2 weeks ago, I was wanting a medium crop. His stitches are now out and they were standing by themselves due to a pocket on top. I've followed the thread from here on posting and using the bumpers to correct it. Unfortunately I found myself calling the vet today, I believe the bell was almost left fully intact and very large sticking out away from the head. This is not like the images I sent for it to look like. They said they will fix them but I wanted other opinions as well on the matter and thoughts on if he'd even remotely grow into them. Thank you all ahead of time.

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It's not really the bell of the ear that's an issue, it's the very base where it meets the skull. A skilled cropping vet will take out a section of the ear and stitch it to the front/cheek which pulls the ears in nice and tight to the skull when looking from the front. It also leaves a little pocket for you to set the post in when taping. If you want my honest opinion, I would have the ears re-cropped, but only if they could be done by a skilled doberman ear crop expert vet (one that show people use) so not done by this particular vet. If the vet doesn't know how to do it in the first place, one certainly will not know how to "fix" it. Where are you located?
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Cropping is an art. They do not teach it in vet school. Many vets don't crop, some do but shouldn't because they do a poor crop and others are artists. A well done crop is a thing of beauty!!
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Greenkouki is right, the base of the crop wasn't done properly--normally in a good Dobe crop there is a 'V' section removed at the base and the back edge of the v is sutured to the front side of the v. and the ear leather is cropped in a smooth curve from the back side of the v to the upper part of the ear leather is removed.

I'm not sure that the vet who did this crop originally would be able to do that correctly--I know that any of the well know croppeers who specialize in Dobe crops could but I don't think I'd want the originaly cropper to try to remedy the problem with this crop.

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The vet didn't remove the tragus like a skilled cropping vet would.
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Thank you all for the information, I am located in Virginia southern part between Lynchburg and Danville area. I just removed his posts to replace them because he found the new well water line trench and decided he wanted to help re-dig it out. It help to see the ear better without tape around the upper portion .

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IMHO, unless you can get an appt a skilled Doberman ear crop expert, I would leave them as they are. They may very well look differently when he grows into them.
He's handsome little guy!
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Same answer Vlad--base of the crop wasn't done the way a good, skilled Doberman cropper would do it and I'm not familiar with much on the east coast (since I'm in the left hand Portland--Oregon--I'm about as far from you as you can get.

However--there are some breeders in Virginia that I know (sort of via dobe lists and dogs they've bred etc) so I'll give you a couple of names to contact for suggestions about local vets who might be willing to do a recrop properly.

The closest vet I can think of who I'm sure could do it is in Florida Dr Leigh McBride--does lovely crops and for someone who actually does a crop with that section of base removed this is not a particularly difficult repair except that the older the puppy the more difficult it is for the two edges of the portion removed to heal but I've seen enough repairs like to know that it can be done by any of the good croppers.

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Wendy Kulp is in Henrico, VA--San Rafael Dobes--e-mail [email protected]

Dr Kathy Davieds a vet/breeder Jesaran Dobes =-e-mail [email protected] swva.net
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If you want to make the drive to the Charlotte area, Dr John Harroff at cabarrus animal hospital does pretty decent ears and could probably fix the bases.
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