Bizarre bumps on head/Ears

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Mason got his ears cropped on Monday and has been doing ok. Ive noticed that after his bandage came off tuesday he started getting these "goosebump" looking bumps all over his head and ears. They are under the skin and solid, not like pimples.

I took him the to vet today and she had no idea what it was. She did a skin scrape and it wasn't mange. She gave him a shot and antibiotics. He looks so gross all bumpy and its only on the top of his head and ears!

Any ideas??!!

ps- the scabbiness of the stitched area really grosses me out. I cant wait until they are all healed!!!!

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My pups in tape now too and has had the very same crusty little bumps. Almost like hot spots. Sorry I cant tell you what they are but if its any comfort, my boys been in tape three weeks and had these bumps only for the first week. They actually just kinda dried up and flaked off. I am using a posting system that allows his ears to breath though, I think they may have came up while in all the heavy tape the vet sent him home in. One place got so bad I thought it was an infected dog bite.I should have Known better, my boxers to lazy to bite at fleas much less a zingy little puppy.

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Is it weird that my vet told me to leave his ears alone until they heal and the stitches come out, THEN I tape them up...?

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No-no, this is very common. Many vets wait until the stitches are ready to come out before tapping - about a week or so. Just don't let them fold.

I was suspicious my first time too.  ;)

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Its funny they already almost stand up on their own. They aren't folded or creased but one of them wants to flop across the top of his head. I guess that will get fixed with the taping.  Im nervous, stitches come out Monday and I am not looking forward to the bleeding and head shaking again!!

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Sometimes the ears are really strong and can pull up like this after all the weight of the ear has been removed. This could turn into an over-correction. This is OK, you just may have to watch and see if it continues after he has been in tape for a little while. I had a pup do this also and corrected it by wrapping the ears around a tampon or the like in a cone shape and let them stay in an outward position for a couple of weeks,or until they do not do this anymore, remembering to wrap the little fold of skin on the forehead side around the tampon also. Then return to normal stance taping.

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Im sorry but taping a tampon to your dogs head is funny, I dont care who you are!  ;D

Thanks for the advice, we'll see how it goes! Hopefully he will be better with the tape than he was with the stitches.

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::) I know it sounds a little funny but it is common practice for some. It doesn't look to bad when done properly, look here http://www.all-about-great-danes.com/dog-ear-problem.html. Or look it up on your own. The main point I meant to imply was that overcorrection is a problem you may have to deal with. Some vets will crop the dog and send you out with only one example of taping or only know this one, but in a situation like you describe you may have to learn another. If you cant for some reason use this tampon method try something else of the like .

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Oh I have nothing against putting tampons in my dogs ears, its just really funny. No eye rolls necessary  :P Im new to Dobermans, ear crops, etc so bear with me  :)

Im really excited to get going with this taping so I can see how handsome he looks once they are up.

Thanks for the advice, Im sure I'll have some taping questions in a few days!

ps- light, regular, or super??!  ::) ok that deserved an eye roll!

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;D NICE

the bumps that the original poster was referring to could be an allergic reaction to the tape being used to tape the ears.