Cup fell off. What to do now?

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Dexters ears were done 7 days ago. He seemed happy as usual and his ears healed fine. He has been on antibiotics since his surgery.

After about 4 days I smelled something bad from one of his ears. I discovered that the part of his ear that was glued to the cup was wet and infected (in the crease). Called the vet and they told me to cut a little opening into the cup so I can clan it out and air gets to the spot.

I did that and it dried, formed a little scab and the smell was gone. Tonight the cup came loose and when I took it off, both his ears were wet and smelly where they were glued to the cup. Patches of hair are gone.

I am thinking allergic reaction to the glue? I cleaned his ears with a saline solution. (Don't yell, it is made from seasalt, no additives, I used it on tattoos and piercing and other injuries, it does not burn!) I dried it and dusted the wet spots with antibiotic powder.

Smell is gone and he is not trying to itch. No wet spots when I checked a few minutes ago.

He has an appointment with his Vet on Wednesday to get his stitches removed. Should I wait till then, or try to get in ASAP? I am not sure if it is ok to let his ears hang down till then?

Pics from after cleaning his ears

I think I would take him in if the vet is close enough. I personally don't like my puppies ears hanging. The vet may be able to take the stitches out early and save you another trip back. The ears look pretty good from the pictures as far as taking the stitches out. The running stitches are definitely ready to come out. Are you putting any neosporin or anything on the ear?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a5osnbU1NI

Hi Dexters Mommy,

A few nights before Zoe's ear surgery, my husband and I found a site on youtube for a European style headgear for the dobies ears post surgery that limits the amount of tape, glue, etc. you would have to use to help their ears stand up and to also provide them protection when playing and running around the house.  It only took approximately 30-45 minutes to make.  We had to figure a few things out for ourselves as we followed the video, but in the end it turned out to be a very nice piece.  It might be something you're interested in since Dexter may have an allergy to the glue.

Zoe's ears are still taped and we are going into the vet on Monday to have them cleaned and retaped.  She is doing well so far, just a little bit of itching, which has gotten so much better in the last few days. She is not quite ready for the headgear, but hopefully within a week we will be trying it out!

The video is in 4 parts and all you need is 2 wire hangers, tape (which I'm sure you have plenty), wire cutters and an ace bandge.  Good Luck and I hope this is helpful!

DobyZOE

This is a picture of the one we made

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Thank you for the replies! I have been using Neosporin on his ears twice a day and in between I applied Coconut Oil to his stitches. It keep the 'new' skin nice and soft. The stinky part of his ears is still dry and does not look infected. There is no more odd smell. I cleaned it again with Arnica and applied some more antibiotic powder. Just in case! .

The Vet who did his ears is about 3 hours away from here. I will call them as soon as they open! If I can't get in today, I will look into the headgear!

I am impressed how he manages to keep his ears up most of the time! They do seem a bit long to me!!! I thought a medium pet crop would be a bit shorter than this?!?!?

Either way... I will try my best to get his ears up again as soon as possible!

My husband is loosing his mind already. We have 5 kids between 8 and 19. Including a set of twin boys. I went through all kinds of sickness and injuries with them and NEVER lost my cool like this!

Dexter is not our first Dobe, but first one I got cropped 'THIS' is a new and exciting experience for me :)

I am very happy that I found this site!!!
 

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I think they kind-of "grow into" their ears.  I've seen pictures of puppies with long ear crops and as they age they fit better and better.  I really think your vet did a nice crop, I love the style.  I personally feel they look better a little on the long side than too short.

they do grow into their ears. What appears long to you now will not once he grows. Looks like a medium crop to me.

DobyZoe...I hope you will post more once you start wrapping the ears. I'm interested in learning more about this way. We had a min pin that we did in racks like this. The crop I do for my Dobes is very hard to get anything to stay in the base and I think this may work well. Looking forward to hearing more. Start your own thread when you start wrapping with detailed instructions and photos

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Hi rnddobermans,

I will do just that...I'm looking forward to posting with the rack, as you call it, so is my husband.  It wasn't difficult to make.  Look for the feed titled "Zoe's getting her ears cropped tomorrow" because that is where I will post updates.  She is looking great so far and the vet said her ears are standing up well and next Monday, she will get her stitches out and we will get to see how her ears look without the tape and e-collar!!!

Do you do your own cropping?

DobeZOE

No I dont do my own cropping I use someone that specializes in Doberman show crops but they are the most frustrating and difficult ears to wrap.