Do we need a vet to remove the cap?

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Hi everyone - we have a now 12-week old who had his ears cropped on the 13th, and is due to head to the vet to have the sutures (what's left of them) removed on Monday (23rd).

But in the interim, because of his energy level, the rare-for-TX almost constant rain and his habit of careening under bushes, the tape holding the cap and his ears together looks, well, cruddy. Plus the cap is now leaning to a side and back. he looks like one of those duck-faced hadrosaurous dinosaurs. But in a cute way.

I've been doing my best to keep the sutures clean and grime free, but Gryphon looks more and more raggedy. Could I remove the cap and simply start him with the posts? Do you really need a vet to remove the sutures? (I had trained as a vet tech years ago, and in the interim, between an accident-prone husband and 5 cats, have had my share of removing stitches and staples).

He just looks awful. He's not smelly, just grimey.

(I would attach a picture, but I'm new at all this and need to figure out how to do it.)

 

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I think I would opt for letting the vet take them out, especially since you're so close to the appointment date.  Yes, you could probably get them out OK, but I think I'd rather have the vet have a look at his ears as well.  I'm sure they've seen grimey ears before.

I can give shots, take out sutures, do all sorts of stuff on dogs, cats, and horses, but never on any of them that were mine!  

If you truly know how to take stitches out, then you can do so. The worse part is getting them to sit still. I always take out stitches from puppy ears myself - but I do have the correct sissors for it which helps. 

 

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Hi - the vet removed the sutures along with what was left of the cap. Afterwards, my wife told me (since I don't like going into the vet's office, especially since I was informed that she was really upset that I had opted for the ear cropping), that she could have done it herself, but anyway, hat is off, ears are flopping up across his head and back. My wife didn't want to start posting last night since there are still a few sore areas unhealed) near the bell(?) of both ears, but we will likely start tonight.

One question, and this is purely newbie me asking: when my wife was cleaning the glue that remained from the tape, and gently handling his ears (so Griff can get used to this, which he did like a champ), to her it seemed that the areas where the sutures had gone through felt 'lumpy' and the edge looked 'bumpy'. She believes that it's simply some residual swelling that should go down, but hopes that it doesn't mean the ears will look, not smooth. Hopefully that's the case, since otherwise, he looks good.

I'll try to post some pics.

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You don't start posting until the ears are healed, and that's usually a week or so after the sutures come out.  Of course it's bumpy where the stitches just came out.  It'll go away. 

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Thanks. While my wife told me the same thing, I thought it was her way of reassuring herself that All Is Well. He just looks pretty silly now, like what's left of his ears are deflated and flopping over his head like a weird cap.

Posting those things should be fun. If my wife stocking up on wine is any indication (and I wasn't happy when she said it was so she could deal with me and my short attention span...)

Will keep anyone posted (no pun intended...)

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Nermal, I have my fingers crossed for both of you.....but mostly you! LOL. Sounds like your wife has her "mommy-powers" engaged. You should do great, especially once you add the wine. Cheers ;)