Ear Cropping Procedure!

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Hello, I have a question on ear cropping. My little girl Shayla had her ears cropped at 10wks which costed just under $600.00. Her appointment was for the following week to have her postings changed. During this time we had kept her ears nice and clean and dry to eliminate infections. On her 11th week her ears were unrapped but they never put her posts back in.  I was always under the impression from previous experience the they needed to be posted all the time except for post changes and cleaning. The vet told me that they have better luck with ear cropping and less likley to get infections by leaving the posts out for a week. Now she goes back to get stitches removed and reposted and wrapped on her 12th week. Should I put her ears up until then or just leave them down like they want. Has anyone ever heard of this before?

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We've had vets do it both ways. I'd listen to the vet. Assuming you know he has done good work in the past, it's best to follow his judgment.

The important thing is to keep her from scratching and scaring her ears right now.

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Thanks ALPHA for the reply, I appreciate the advice it just seemed a little odd to me. As far as her scratching, she seems to take the healing process very well and she responds to the word "no scratch" pretty good too. I purchased Hydrocortisone anti- itch spray for dogs for skin irratations and it works very well it may be helpful for some people to think about using if the pup is persistant about scratching. I would like to post a few pic of her but cant seem to make them small enough to post them. Well thanks for the advice.

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You can shrink the photo by opening it in MS Paint (assuming you use Windows) and in the top bar menu click on image. Then in the pull down menu click on resize/skew (Vista) or stretch/skew (XP). In the box that opens you can set the percentage to resize the horizontal and vertical pixels.

If your original was taken with an 8 megapixel camera, I would reduce the image to 25 percent of the original size by entering 25 in the percentage blocks. Be sure to save as with a different name to leave the original image unchanged. If you are using a 4 megapixel camera then you can use 50 percent.

For example a photo taken when I picked up Princess at the age of 9 weeks with an 8 megapixel camera was a size of 3264 pixels by 2448 pixels and occupied 2.2MB on disc. Reducing that 50% resulted in an image that was 1632 pixels x 1224 pixels and occupied 730KB on disc. If you reduce it to 25% (approximately 2 megapixels) yields an image that is 816 pixels x 612 pixels and occupies only 193KB on disc. This size is great for uploading to photobucket so you can then post it on this site.

You can see the result of my snipping from larger images on page two of the Brinks thread in the area of Tell Us About your Dog.

As to posting, you cannot use the normal posts as long as there are stitches in the ears. Some vets will leave the newly cut ears unsupported at this time, others will use the inverted cup on the pups head (makes them a conehead for a week). I had one vet that taped the tips of the ears together over the top of the head by taping the uncut edge. Once the stitches are out and the scabs are mostly off, it is time to post. Unless you are experienced or plan to return to the vet for posting every week, have them show you how to do it.

My technique is to leave the ears posted for 5-6 days and then remove the posts and leave the ears to air out and heal for 2 days. The post down in the ear bell will get gunky with ear wax and the tape will irritate the skin inside and outside the ear so you don't want to immediately replace a post with another without leaving the ear to recover. I was fortunate in that I only had to post Princess for one week (plus a week of her being a conehead). Some Dobes I have had required posting for 4-5 weeks.

Another trick you can use if you have Vista and the central point you want to post only occupies only a part of the image, is to use the snipping tool (not present on Vista Basic). It is found by clicking on start -> all programs -> accessories -> snipping tool. (Paint is also under accessories). The snipping tool allows you to select part of an image on the screen and save it as an image file (I use jpg format).