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Just wondering if anyone has had problems with cysts on their dobes cropped ears. Kimbo has 3 cysts(at least that is what the vet says they probably are.) 2 on one ear and one on the other. The are located right where the sutures would have been on the edge of his ears. The vet says this is likely from the crop and probably won't go away. The vet that told us this is not the vet that did the crop so should we check with that vet and see what he thinks or is this something that we should just live with? They don't seem to bother him so this would just be a cosmetic thing I guess.  We have tried the ointment that the vet gave us but there has been little or no improvement. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Sofia has little 'dots'on her ears. They're not filled with fluid like a cyst would be, vet says they're scar tissue from her crop. I think I'm the only one who notices them.It's hard to see in this photo, but they line the edges of both ears where the sutures would have been

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How big are these "cysts"? 

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They are pea size and seem to be fading somewhat.

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I'm not a vet, and obviously I haven't seen your dog.  However, it sounds like it could be a condition called calcinosis cutis.  It's essentially little spots of calcium goo that build up along areas of trauma or incision.  I had this happen with one Doberman.  I thought she might have a couple of retained stitches (and hey, that's another possibility you could have checked), but the cropping vet used a scalpel, opened them up and expelled the goo - this was in the office, and really was no big deal. 

I second what Glengate said. I would also consult your cropping vet. Vets who do not crop often are not aware of the complications and conditions that can arise as a result of cropping because they were not taught about cropping in veterinary school. Both vets I worked for were not cropping vets and knew very little about cropping and proper post crop care. If a case presented that was related to cropping, we would refer them back to the vet who did the cropping and if that was not possible due to distance or some other circumstance, we would refer them to a cropping vet in the area.