Crease in freshly cropped ears??

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Hi everyone,  I am hoping for some guidance from some experienced Dobe owners.  My 8 week old puppy had his ears cropped on Tuesday and he seems to be doing fine, I am however, unhappy with the vet for numerous reasons.

My primary cocern is regarding a crease in his right ear.  His ears are flopped down while stitches heal and his right ear has a crease that runs vertical down the center of the natural fold where the ear flops over.  I am a first timer with ear cropping, but it looks to me as though this was caused by the stitches. So I have some questions about all of this.

 

First, is this type of crease something that happens often? Is it the result of poor surgical skills?  Does it just happen sometimes?   

Secondly, what can I do at this point to improve the situation.  Is this something that will resolve itself?   Will the massaging of the ears over the next few weeks help this?  

 

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Can you upload pictures? My pup had a cup on right after surgery; I'm not sure how often they just leave them down while they have the stitches but someone one here sure does. Was this a vet that was breeder recommended or someone you found? 

 

*just read your first post and checked out your pictures but didn't see any of the crease!

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Rubie, 

 I uploaded a picture of the "crease" as I am calling it to Khan's album.  The fact that it is different than the other ear is what drew my attention to it.  To be honest no it is not the vet that was recommended by the breeder.  I selected a vet based on pictures of dobermans he had cropped and the recommendation of a family friend.  Also the vet we selected uses a combination of tranquilzers and gas anesthesia, where as the breeder recommended vet uses only tranquilizers. I dont know if it matters to the dogs, but I was convinced I was doing the best for Khan.  I have followed all instructions from the vet to the letter, and as I said the photo's I saw of him with Dobe's in his office all had what I consider to be nice looking ears.  It is just this crease that has me worried.   

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Thank you for the pic! Are you referring to the crease in the front? They will have a "crease" at the very front of the ear that gets folded back when they're posted. You can see how Rubie's ears fold back in the front in some of her pictures. They get more pronounced as you post, I think. I hope this is what you're talking about!

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The camera flash caused some glare on his coat which is making it hard to see the depth of the crease in that picture.  I replaced it with a second picture that shows better what I am looking at. If you look at the natural fold in the ear where it flops over, there is a crease or valley running top to bottom near the center of the fold that is not present in the other ear.   

 

edit.....I showed pictures to the vet and his response was that this was normal and happens sometimes.  He said this was just weaker cartilage and that the ear may require more splinting than the other before it will stand correctly but the fold will dissapear.  .........  

 

I am looking for a second opinion because I am so worried.  

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Did I circle the correct spot here?
https://goo.gl/photos/ikQjwJVZnsUF3vEN9

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No not there,  I switched the photo out for one that makes it unmistakeable.

Not much you can do about it at this point. You should be able to work it out with correct posting - but it is really hard to tell just from pictures. 

Will the vet be doing the posting? It is not rocket science, and you can learn to do it yourself - it is best if someone good shows you how to do it. 

I've never used a cone on a cropped puppy - my vet cuts the nails back when they crop... although I start trimming nails myself when the puppies are 2 weeks old so they are short already by cropping time. Reputable breeders have the entire litter cropped before puppies go to their homes, and so I have a whole litter of cupheads (my cropping vet glues ears to tape wrapped syrafoam cups with the cut edge open to the air) and have never needed puppies to wear cones. 

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Fitzmar, I will be doing the posting after the initial time.  The vet has said he will instruct me and be available for assistance.  As far as the cone goes, I have had it off since this morning, and have just been watching him closely and not allowing him to scratch.  I felt like the cone was causing him to be fearful around his head.