Vet said don't tape ears

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I am a fairly new owner with limited knowledge,but i have done my homework or so i thought.I took my 12 weeks old female to a very recommended vet and had her ears done.I went to pick her up and they looked wonderful perfect medium cuts,so i asked about tapeing of the ears and he told me he didn't recommend it,that goes against everything i have read to do,it has been a week to the day of the cropping and one ear is standing up perfect but the other isn't,i called him to ask and he said just give it time and they would.

Can someone tell me their opinion?

thank you

I can tell you one thing you have NOT done  your homework or this vet wouldn't have been used. There is no way that you have a medium crop, it must have a huge bell and very short in order for the ears to stand without taping. This vet obviously doesn't know what they are doing. If the ears are short then maybe they might stand on their own.

A word to everyone out there that is looking to crop  their dogs ears, do your homework. Go to the DPCA website and find breeders in or around your state call and ask them for recommendations! Recommendations from a bunch of people that really don't know anything about the topic is useless. Earcropping is not taught in vet schools and it is a definite art that most vets never really get because they don't do enough of them. I can recount hundreds of horror stories of crops performed from so called good vets. Like any medical procedure that you would go through yourself you would want to know as much about it as possible and go to a specialist that specializes in it. People put WAY to much faith in a vet. Many will learn the hard way unfortunately many will go about blindly following the advice thinking that they know best when in fact they don't.

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jyoung, your vet thinks the ears will stand without training??? That's just not true. I'd post them. Here's a tutorial on how: Posting Doberman Ears

Make sure if you decide to post that you do not post over stitches they should be removed before attempting to post or cover the ear with any tape.

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A Dobie's ear must be posted once the stitches are removed and the scabs are healed. Until that point, you do not want to post as the removal of the tape can pull the scabs and stitches.

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Here is how I posted Sage's ears the first month;

http://www.showdog-magazine.com/Articles/ears.htm

Here is how I posted his ears after the first month;

http://www.altobellodobermann.com/ears/Ear-taping2.htm

BTW, that Vet is an idiot!

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Soldier - that mole foam must have been the material that the vet I used one time put on the dogs ears. I never could duplicate it. It is a good method as it leaves the bell of the ear open to the air where as the bottom of a post does not. You know how yucky they can get.

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rgreen4,

 

The breeder applied the mole skin & surgical glue to Sage's ears right before we took Sage home. I left them alone until they almost fell off. Then went with posting the ears as shown in the other link I shared.