Depressed Puppy, Just Home from Vet

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Hi there - I'm new to the forum and I've been reading over the cropped ear posts.  We just brought our little guy home from the vet today and he is really, really, depressed.  I know part of this is being tired from the anesethesia and the sedatives for pain.. but it is making my boyfriend and I feel pretty awful for doing this!

 

We want to breed him so we decided to get them done..

 

But I was wondering, how long does it take them to not feel sad/bad about the whole cone-head, taping, etc, process.  I'm hoping that by the end of the long weekend he will be back to terrorizing our chihuahua and pomeranian..


Thanks for any comments about this. :)

 

Jessica

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Trust me - he does not feel bad about being a cone head. He may feel a little irritated because someone taped this foreign object to his head while he was taking a nap, but he doesn't even know what it looks like.

The problem is he is hung over. He will be somewhat out of it for the next 12 hours or so. Tomorrow you should have your bouncing mischevious puppy back in full force. He should wear the cup until the stitches come out unless he gets it off before then.

Princess finally managed to get one ear unstuck from her "cone" on the moringing she was to go in to get her stitches removed. As to posting, it may take several weeks to several months of postings depending on the length of the crop and the individual dog. I have had to post anywhere from two to six weeks.

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Thanks for that.. its funny, I think the last time I took care of an animal just out of surgery was when Miles (the chihuahua) was neutered.. 6 years ago.  Steve is just so expressive and he was pouting, crying, walking around looking miserable my boyfriend and I were thinking we were horrible people.


We did a crop a little longer than a military and the vet said in his experience most of them are standing by the time the sutures come out in 14 days.  I'm not so confident but I'm sure by then, even if he requires additional taping, he'll be a little more used to the whole thing.  Or so I can kid myself.

 

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The rear of the ears are the cut edge and should be loose at the rear. You might put some vasoline on the cut edge of the ears to keep them pliable. To me 14 days is a little long as my vet removes them 9-10 days out. You may want to keep an eye on Steve as he will be trying to get that thing on his head off (animals hate foreign objects on them) and after 14 days he may be sucessful.

When I picked up Princess after her cropping she was still so zonked she couldn't quite walk straight, so we carried her out. However, by that evening, she was back to her devilish self. (As Alpha Admin says, Doberman puppies are little devils).

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We woke up this morning to a very happy puppy chewing his bone in his crate.  The minute he was "released" he has been running around the house without hesitation.  The only thing holding him back is when he gets wedged between the couches with his cones.

 

I'm not sure why the vet said 14 days, I just know I've done that with most sutures after surgeries.  I really don't see the initial taping he did lasting that long.

 

Thanks for the kind words yesterday, we were so nervous!

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It's amazing how resiliant they are.. But we sure do worry.. Great looking little guy you have.. Steve... Why did you name him Steve??

Thanks for the update..

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His registered name is Cain, but his family name is Steve, because my boyfriend had a dream about our dog when we got our house, and in this dream the dogs name was Steve.  After that, whenever we talked about our future doberman, we'd jokingly call him Steve... now well, its stuck!  He fits right in with Miles (chihuahua) and Harrison (pomeranian).. and when he is really naughty we call him Steven.  ;)

I need to figure out how to put up more pictures on here.. we are very proud of our guy.. and every move he makes we seem to be reaching for the camera.

 

Glad to find a nice place to talk about him and learn more about the breed!

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Steve... LOVE IT!! We have some friends who named their basset "Bob" sometimes the names just fit.

some folks do it backwards.. name the dog, then FIND it..

Just think, your boyfriend is LIVING his dream.

Good luck to all of you. We have a photo guru on board who can help you post.. Betcha he steps up to the plate soon.

Smooches to the pooches

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I don't know if I'm the "photo guru" she is referring to, but I can upload photos.

First, one of the main problems many run into is size. The upload process has a limit of 2MB and 1200x1000 pixels, and almost any photo taken by recent cameras exceeds that. So, we need to reduce the size of the photo before we try to upload the photo. I use Paint to do this because it is quick and easy.

I copy the original into a work folder, because I never, ever, under any circumstances work on the original because I do not want to risk a photo. (I have backups of my backups for the same reason, but that's another topic). Once you have it in a work folder, look at the size. Most of the photos I take with my current camera come out around 3MB per image and run around 3200x2400 pixels.

I open the photo in Paint and use the resizing tool to reduce the photo on both horizonal and vertical axis. Windows 7, Vista and XP all use different terminology. I will start with Windows 7 - in the upper left corner of the Paint menu bar of the home ribbon, is a option to resize. Clicking on that will open a dialog box and you can enter the percentage reduction of each side. On most photos I use around 30% as that will reduce a 3200x2400 pixel photo to 960x720 which is a good size to load in the photo gallery. When I save it, I usually append an A to the end of the photo name after clicking on save as. Sometimes if you get in a hurry, it is easy to just click save (I have done it) which over writes the old image with the new image. This is why I use a work folder.

In Vista, Paint still uses the old menu format. In the menu at the top, click on Image (not Edit) and then on Resize/Skew. The dialog box then looks the same as in Win7.

In XP, on the menu bar, click on Image and then on Stretch/Skew. (I'm not sure why it is stretch, but at least in Vista and Win7 the terminology makes sense) Again, the dialog box is pretty much the same.

Once you have the photo reduced and saved, you then open the photo gallery for your account. At the bottom you should have a block to add a photo. It will have a white address bar with a button to browse. Click on the browse button and navigate to the folder with your photos you want to upload. After you upload the photo, you can enter the description, alternate and title. Only the description shows up in the gallery.

When you are finished, click on the save button.

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Great!  Thanks for that.

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Sounds like you actually understood all that.. I was ready to stick needles in my eyes!!

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It is easier if you print it out and follow it one step at a time. Of course it is easier if I knew which version of Windows you run, then I don't have to include the instructions for the other two.

And of course that is for the gallery. Posting pictures in the forum is a different process. In the gallery you don't have to use a third party like Photobucket, but in the forum you do.

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Thanks! rgreen !

I guess I thought if I clicked thumbnails, didn't have to resize. Okay, so now I can do this!

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Thanks for the picture tips!!! I was having trouble too