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Oskarsmom
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From:Santa Rosa, CA, USA
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posted 01-24-2004 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oskarsmom     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all:

My pup, Oskar, (11 weeks) just had his ears cropped last Monday, January 19. The vet used the laser method. My pup is not in any pain; however, he is going wild from having to wear the "buster collar" He wants to scratch and itch at his ears something fierce. The vet said the laser method was the best . . less pain and mess, but a longer healing period. On another site, people are saying they think two weeks is a very long healing time??

Any tips, ideas, suggestions would be a great help to me and Oskar!!

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Danecrazy
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posted 01-24-2004 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danecrazy     Edit/Delete Message
Hi there I have two dane pups I had done last Wed and Thursday. It was done the normal way and it takes 2 weeks till the stiches come out and then it takes about another 2 weeks for them to stand. I dont know what kind of pup you have or what kind of crop but I did a long crop on one and a medium on the other. I will keep wrapping their ears till stand. As for the healing part I would say about 3 weeks for them to heal most of the way. It takes awhile and my advice to you would be dont rush it, keep an eye on her and give him LOTS of treats. LOL!!!

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Oskarsmom
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posted 01-24-2004 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oskarsmom     Edit/Delete Message
Danecrazy-

Thanks so much for your reply. I really appeciate it! I talked to a local Boxer breeder today, and she told me to take the "buster collar" OFF! He's much happier now, and so is mom:-)

As for the healing, the vet told me two weeks until the stiches could come out. I am praying that Oskar won't rip his sutures open! Of course, that won't happen when he's being supervised by me. He will, unfortunately, have to wear the collar when I'm away at work. Unless I can get my brother to watch him! He only works part time and is in and out most of the time. We'll see . . .

Thanks again for your reply. Good luck with your danes:-) The work w/the bandages and the months it takes to get the ears to stand properly is yet to come:-( My local breeder says she's had some of her Boxers take 8-9 months for the ears to stand!! OMG, I hope that won't be Oskar!

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Danecrazy
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posted 01-26-2004 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danecrazy     Edit/Delete Message
No problem I know alot of people who wont help because they think it is inhuman and I think it is just a personal choice. As for the posting I use a method a breeder taught me. I use vet wrap. It is tough enough to hold the ear but when they are playing and if they bump into something it wont hurt the ears as much. Although my vet did an awsome job even after just one week they are standing pretty well with this method. They are also not really bothered by them being wrapped up.
Hope everything goes well for you.

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Oskarsmom
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posted 01-26-2004 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oskarsmom     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Dane:

What is Vet wrap? Can you go into detail about the method? i.e., how are the ears wrapped, what is used for posts, etc.?

Thanks!

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Danecrazy
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posted 01-27-2004 02:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danecrazy     Edit/Delete Message
You can find Vet Wrap at any local horse supply store. It used to wrap legs or tails. I use it to wrap up my paints tail to help keep it clean.
It is stretchy and sticks to itself. I make to cuts one for the top of the ear which will be smaller and then the bottom part wil thicker to hold in the ear.
I take a sticky paper tape and wrap backwards so the sticky side is out. I then stick inside the ear and stick the ear around the tape. I tape the bottom of the ear with breathable tape and also the top. I then tape the very bottom of the ears together and tape in the middle.
I am giving baths tomorrow and retaping them. I am going to take pics of the procedure so that people can see how it works and how well it works. It should be up on my website by this weekend.
They are getting stiches out on Thursday so have to make sure they are healed nicley.

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Oskarsmom
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posted 01-27-2004 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oskarsmom     Edit/Delete Message
HI Dane:

Thanks for the info. I'll look forward to seeing the website. But, you don't mention any kind of posts for the ears like tampons, foam rollers, or . . . ??

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MistressKela
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posted 01-27-2004 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MistressKela     Edit/Delete Message
I had my pups ears done the normal way. He wore the cone collar for about 10 days and it drove him absolutely bonkers. He then tried to fuss with his ears a little bit the next week when the new tape was put on but they hurt him so he didnt touch them very much. After that it was only about 2 more weeks til they were done...my pups ears were very strong. at the end of 3 weeks there was a very small scab on one ear but they were fine to touch and did not cause any discomfort and the edges looked nice and healed. My pup had scabs for over 2 weeks.

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Danecrazy
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posted 01-27-2004 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danecrazy     Edit/Delete Message
Oskarsmom,
I gave baths and took pics of the ears without and with. As for the posts it is vet wrap. I roll the vet wrap. It looks like a tampon but works so much better. I am taking the pics to get developed in one hour. I will have the pics tomorrow. I took pics of how I wrap to make the posts. I will also send you pics of how it looks all done. I have to say I have tried so many different things and this has worked so well. Also when I was there for the procedure he told me a secret thing to do that most vets dont do. After they cut the ear for shape he takes the skin on the back of the ear and cuts alittle of that. So when he does the stitching he is pulling more of the ear together and belive me it helps to make it stand. I had a doberman that I did the ears on and they never stood. I had wrapped her ears for 5 months. They were a medium cut so they should have taken but I think it has more to do with just how you wrap and how long you wrap. I really like my vet alot. SInce I have had dogs for so long I usually know when I need something I call him and he will give it to me. I dont have to pay the $40 fee most vets charge for just a visit. So if you would like the pics since I probably wont have time since thursday is my Birthday!!!! to put them on the website you could send me your email address if you like.
Sherry

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Oskarsmom
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posted 01-27-2004 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oskarsmom     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the info, Sherry! You may write to Jerilynn@aol.com

Oskar had to be taken to the vet today cuz his bandage came loose and his left ear was bleeding. He would up with a hematoma in his left ear! That can be dangerous if it's not caught in time cuz the ear tip can get damaged and fall off!

boy was I scared, but I think they caught it in time. Now, Oskar has to wear the collar until next Tues, Feb. 2:-( Then, they will do his first wrap. They have 3 different procedures they use. I don't know which one to do. The first two sound like you can leave wraps on a few days longer, and the ears get to breath. The third method, used with some kind of soft foam is sturdier and harder for the dog to get off, but the ears don't get to breath! OMG, not sure what's gonna work,as Oskar is quite strong and so far, this whole thing from his ear crop surgery has been an absolute nightmare!

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Danecrazy
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posted 01-28-2004 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danecrazy     Edit/Delete Message
He is a Boxer? My girls dont really care about the ears. They have never scartched at them or anything. The most they do is shake their heads. If he is hard on the ears I dont think my method would work for him. I usually have the ears up for about 5 days down for 1/2 a day to give baths and let dry. The ears NEED to breath to be able to heal. If they are wrapped all the time the moisture will get in and cause infecetion. I will send pics soon.

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Oskarsmom
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posted 01-29-2004 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oskarsmom     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the info. And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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