Thank you so much for that! I’ll will try and see how she reacts without the donut for sure! Was just scared she’d hurt herself ! And my baby girls name is Katana ! Like from mortal KombatHi KBG. Welcome from the Pacific NW.
So the donut.... I am assuming your pup was just cropped. The general consensus, here on DT is to refrain from using a cone whenever possible. In fact, many of us here suggest no cone and no donut, unless totally necessary. Generally, when the ears are newly cropped, the may still a bit painful, but they mainly itch. Usually the after a few attempts to scratch the ears are successful, the pup realizes that trying to satisfy the itch actually hurts. And they usually give it up rather quickly.
If that doesn't work for you and you still need to provide some protection for a few days, I would still advise you to steer clear of an Elizabethan collar (The Cone of Shame. LOL) and stick with an inflatable collar. Over the years, it has become clear to many folks very familiar with post crop aftercare, that... While the E collars are excellent tools for many medical issues, with respect to ear cropping, the problems that they can cause outweigh any potential advantage that they may provide.
That being said: All inflatable donut collars are not created equal in fit size or quality. If you look around you may find one that affords better protection.
If your girl was my pup,, I would simply lose the collar altogether and for the first few days, be pretty vigilant about her leaving the ears alone. You may be surprised how quickly she begins to ignore the ears completely. Often folks report that ditching the collar was what took away the desire to scratch at the ears.
Also.... I am going to include a link to an excellent discussion by member greenkouki about cropped rears. Since your girls ears are already cropped just skip to the pertinent parts about aftercare. And make sure to take a look at the linked threads provided about actually posting ears. It is highly recommend here on DT for the owner to post their own pups ears. And, you are in the right place to learn how and get advice and support. One of the primary reasons Doberman Talk exists is to provide support to folks less familiar with this breed
Ear Cropping and Aftercare: Do's and Don'ts
When looking at the included links, pay special attention to the tremendous visual tutorial, also by greenkouki, on how to post show cropped ears using backer rod.
Well, that's all I've got. Except I would love to know the name of your new girl. And we all would enjoy some more pictures. One of the nice things about frequenting this forum, is the ability to watch all the pups grow up!
The important thing is to return with any and all questions. There will always be someone here who can eventually address any issues, questions or concerns that you may have.