fur coming off cropped ears

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So my 12 week old puppy had his ears cropped about 3 weeks ago and postings have been great so far. They have been posted 3 times and can already stand on their own for a few days. But every time the vet posts his ears his fur is stripped off and his ears almost completely bare :( Has anyone else had this problem? The vet uses athletic tape (or so it looks like) and is very sturdy and pulls everything with it when they take it off, and of course now his ears have no fur on them. Is there any hope that the fur will grow back? And how long do you think it would take?

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Yes it will grow back in time. As fat as how long it will take to grow back? Depends on how many times the tape goes on and pulls it out again. 

MaddieandZayn, Don't worry, the hair will grow back.

When you start to post the ears yourself, this is pretty good instruction.

http://www.k-ninedobermans.com/ear_taping.html

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The fur will grow back, but if you're wanting to keep it from pulling hair out, and to make you feel better too. Put some baby powder on the backs of the ears. It's the only part that usually loses any hair, and the part that loses the most hair.

Hope this was helpful for ya!

While hair loss is normal (and it will grow back), they should not be ripping all the fur out with the tape!  There are products that help take the tape off without the hair attached AND there is tape that is not quite as sticky as what your vet is probably using. 

I use Johnson and Johnson Zonas tape - it is not normally available in stores so you need to search for it. A case of 12 rolls should cost about $20 on line.

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A little late here but my breeder sent me home with ear care papers that said soak the bandages in WD40 for 2-3 minutes and then remove with no hair loss.  It seemed to work well, but have only done it once so far.

I would not use wd40 - it isn't meant for skin!  The product out there that is meant for adhisive removal from skin is called "unisolve"  if you google it, there are lots of places to order it from. 

http://www.google.com/search?q=adhesive+remover+for+skin&client=safari&r...

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oh my you've already done it once with the WD40!! that is toxic, sure it will remove glue but it's for other non breathing items not for people or animals, the skin will absorb the toxins and it could cause all sorts of issues......toxins get processed through the liver and dobermans sometimes have liver issues so do not use that again, get the one that Fitz has mentioned

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OMG why would a well respected breeder and veterinarian tell me to do that!!!!!! Now what??? I will get the tape remover stuff but holy cow....I guess you can't trust anyone   :(  :(

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How about this stuff???

Smith & Nephew Uni Solve Adhesive Remover - 8 Ounce Bottle

 

Yes, that is what you should use! Unisolve is what I use. You can get individually wrapped wipes or the bottle - it is better to use the bottle and your own cotton balls - the wipes don't always work that well.

 

It always amazes me the stuff that vets and/or breeders may use. Mostly they are old timers and that is all they had way back when. There is better stuff out there now that is so much safer for our dogs. 

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I agree with Fitz usually it's the "old" vets that are using these methods that they had to come up with out in the field so to speak....on the farm....it used to be common practice for mange treatment to use used motor oil and cover your dog with it, now everyone knows that when ingested that kills, but cut off the air to the stuff and it "cures" it, and of course motor oil did the trick cause even the skin couldn't breathe with that slathered on..... then that created more issues, but dogs didn't live very long back then, wonder why.....and it used to be common practice to use oil on dirt roads to keep down the dust, now we know better, I mean around here they sold trucks equipped with the 50 gallon barrels with the holes already punched and fastened to the tailgate so you could do just drive and drizzle motor oil on the dirt roads and people got paid big bucks to do it......now we know that runs off into the waterways, animals ingest it and die, and so on....live and learn, that's why we should always keep researching and learning cause what works today may be the torture of the future.......

just some trivia from the south.....

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I sure wish I had found this discussion earlier this week.

My puppy, Halford, was born on 3/9/2017 (now 10 weeks old today,) had his ears cropped on 5/3 (almost 8 weeks old) and we took him home on 5/6 as a "cone head" (just over 8 weeks old.) Our breeder offered to remove the stitches for free last weekend (which she did in a very profesional manner and we have every confidence in her ability to do so) and she told us that the cup could be removed during this week and that she could see us again during this upcoming weekend to start posting (again for free.)

So last night we decided it was time for the cup to come off because all the edges were healed and all the scabs were gone. The adhesive and tape did not give way as easily as we expected it to (probably good because the cup stayed on very well for the 2 weeks that it was needed.) So I e-mailed the breeder to ask if she had some tips for how the best remove the adhesive and the cup. She told us to remove it like ripping off a band-aid, the quicker-the better.

My heart broke at the amount of hair that was ripped off of his ears.  I see that this thread is quite old by now but if Uni-solve still exists I will get it to use for the tape during the posting process.

 

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Uni-Solve still exists and was a savior when we were posting my dobies ears!