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Homesick for my puppy.  Leo spent the night at vets after ear cropping.  Can't wait to pick him up.  Your home seems emptish when there gone...

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We miss him too... Hope all went well..

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It really does feel odd when they aren't there....I travel occassionally and I wake up and still out of habit put my hand over the bed to pet him good morning even when he's not there...

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  Leo's home! Yippee!  Felt like a month, instead of overnight!

He's looking great and ears are good, almost standing on day one.  Vet is recommending the e-collar for at least one week...Ugh! Lea and I both hate it!  Bless his heart, running into things and can't get the mouth where he wants it to be.  If we maintain, I suppose he'll soon develop a wide birth for every and all stationary structures.  Well, that's a big if!  

Has anyone ever heard that it strengthens the cartilage of the ear to massage in an upward motion for the inside bell area to the tip?                      

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Thanks, Lori and Kate for the welcome homes :)

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So soon after surgery, I wouldn't really be handling his ears.  Unless you need to do something (like fix a piece of tape).  He's not supposed to either, that's why the cone is on. 

You can usually give them breaks from the cone when you are able to watch them and stop them from scratching but if you can't devote your full attention to that -- let him wear the cone.  Don't laugh at them, they get very offended with the cone on but soon he will deal with it and ignore it too.  Trust me I know its a pain but in the long run not having stitches ripped out is worth it.  :)

I'm not experienced with the crop exactly but I personally can't see how massaging the cartilage is going to speed things along.  It's my understanding that being in the brace is what helps them learn to hold their ears erect and force the cartilage to support it.

Oh and glad he came home happy from the vet!

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Oh, I wasn't clear. I have massaged them since we brought him home up until the cropping

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I have never heard that massage prior to help but it sure can't hurt and it helps you bond with them so go for it....