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Hey guys I'm new to the group! I just got a euro pup about 2 weeks ago and I just adore her! Her name is Luka! She's 10 weeks old and I just had her ears cropped on Monday, but I truly believe she's abnormally itchy! She won't walk a single step without itching, threw herself into a bush to itch, and scratches her entire head off the corners of the walls! She's getting an antibiotic 2 times a day and her pain medication. Took her to the vet today and they said they aren't infected, and nothin is noticeably wrong. Any suggestions to help with the itchiness? I have her a half tablet of Benadryl and it did NOTHING!

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If the vet said there is no infection, irritation, or other sign of problems, there is a good chance she is just being a diva/drama queen.  I'm not trying to be flippant or mean in any way, but some dogs are just that way; any little thing that annoys them and the end of the world is nigh!

Obviously, keep a close eye on it.  If you see anything that looks off, hop on back to the vet to get it checked out.  But other than that... Just do what you can to make her as comfortable as possible.  Try a 'cone of shame' so that even if she scratches it won't do any good so she'll stop trying so much maybe?  They also make neosporin with an itch reliever I think; regardless, neospoprin/antibiotic ointment would probably be a good idea.
 

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Thanks! I appreciate your advice! I went back to the vet and they said it was infected so they put her on an oral antibiotic! The healing process is just taking so long! Is it suppose to get worse before it looks better?

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are her ears fully wrapped up? Just from my experiance the vet I went to fully wrapped up my girls ears and they got infected. So if they are not exposed I would say the best thing would to make sure that the stiches are exposed

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The vet I took Les to started out with just taping his ears to a cup and gave us an E collar for about a week, then he took the stitches out and put the cup back on to let the holes heal and then he did a complete post, wrapping the ears completely for a week and his ears were standing just fine... But from doing my research, I had an easy time with the ears compared to most people.

Now I will say as far as the itching Ive spent countless hours wrestling Les to keep him from scratching. He would scratch, rub his head on the wall, rub his head on m, on the ground, on a bush, anything he could do to reach his ears. It is horrible but hold in there and once the healing process comes around the scrathing should stop. Good luck

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I feel so lucky with our boy it almost makes me feel guilty...  Yes @DobeQuinn I totally agree with you, ears can't be wrapped when it just got cut!!!! Our came back with ears glued to a cup, I was so against it, but eventually learned that its the best thing when it comes to ear cropping. He had a wrap for 24 hours to stop bleeding and keep his paws away, within the last hours it took my daughter and me a nonstop effort to keep him distracted so he would stop itching..... Once wrap was off I had a full access to his cuts to clean and massage and etc., somehow them being glued to a lightweight cup didn't bother him a bit and after reading all advices here on how to care then how to post - he looks awesome!! And it has only been 2.5 weeks! I think glued to a cup serves several purposes: first it's hard to reach, so you don't need a cone, without a cone he can run and lay down and just be himself, you can nicely clean and massage and its open to an air to heal, plus being glued through all this healing time already trains ears to stand up! Plus our vet sent us home with antibiotics and pain pills, detail written instructions and her cellphone :) she was awesome! I know I bubbled here a lot but I hope that somebody else will read it before doing it and maybe it will help :) we let our doggie to adjust to a new place and people before we put him under knife, so after the cut he found a comfort in being held and pampered by us. Oh yeah if anybody lives around Ohio I will be more than happy to recommend our vet :)

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Hello this is my first post so the most common mistake about ear wraping is to wrap them full, after the ear  is fully wraped there is no ear for the wund to breath and to coagulate and bacteria starts to form leading to a gangrenous ear. Sorry if i spell something wrong :)

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Ty is just home from his ear cropping and i feel awful! My husband says im bein a baby but they just look so painful! Poor little guy... they did a cross stitch and left everything show is this normal?

you might want to start your own thread and post pictures.  As an fyi, you do not want to cover freshly cropped ears - so yes the cut edge should show.

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Yeah i was bein a baby! Lol he looks so hansome now but my mom had a fit she said"how would you like me to cut off the edges of your ears"! I reassured her its better for him to have them cropped to reduce ear infections. She still didnt buy it. She liked his floppy ears.