Ear trimming with a laser?

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Although I have had a few dogs ears trimmed in the past, I never new which method was used. I understand that less bleeding can be expected from laser cuts but what about scarring? Is one method better than the other or others? I'm still looking for a skilled vet to do my dogs ears  in or around Knoxville T.N. I contacted the local Dobe clubs and got a few recommendations but some of them I'm just not to sure about. Berry Hoytt did them in the past but my new pup will not be from him so understandingly he declined to do them. Does anybody have any suggestions.

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Not from my Doberman experience but from my experience in the medical community the main difference with most procedures is that the laser is more expensive. Due to the heat involved, a laser will reduce some of the pleading but also due to the heat involved is causes a bit more scaring.

The real danger with any ear crop, with regard to scaring, is the puppy him self. If he's allowed to scratch at his stitches they'll make ugly scares, I've seen it happen with other people's Dobermans.

The best advice I can give is to find a vet with plenty of pictures of Dobermans that he has done. He should be interested in examining your puppy's ears and head shape to plan the crop and also ask you questions about the style you're after and how much work you're able to put into the posting.

There is a section here on the whole process: Doberman Ear Cropping

Did Hoytt actually crop his puppy's ears or did he have someone else do the actual procedure? He should be able to tell you who usually does his puppies. When we were breeding we had several vets in the Metro Detroit area who were good.

What about the breeder you are getting the puppy from? They should know some vets.

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Thanks for the input. I was kinda led to believe Mr.Hoytt did the ears himself and the last time I contacted them I could only speak with a rep. that apologized for Mr.Hoytt saying he could only do his own dogs ears. Contrary to in the past when he did one pup we got from him and another we took to him!. Mr.Parsons at Family Dobes has been more than helpful thus far. He does have a registry of recommended vets just none close to me . Thanks for the advice.

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Yeah, I bet Hoytt have a vet do the cropping, someone who gets a lot of practice just from his activities, then take care of them after. I can't imagine a breeder doing the procedure. It's done under anesthesia which is tricky and dangerous.

We have "cropped our own ears" before, but this just meant we took care of the puppies afterward. We never cropped a whole litter. Actually, about half of most our litters went home and stayed floppy. Some people took their puppies and had the crop done themselves and a few had us keep them and do it. It all depended on the person's comfort and experience.

If you've had Dobermans before I think you're only real challenge will be finding the vet - as I'm sure you know already.

One other tid bit: You might want to ask the vet for these mild chewable pain pills. After the crop Doberman puppies don't act like they are having any pain but I know they're sore. The little pills help keep them distracted the first day or so from messing with the ears.

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My Dobie puppy was done by my vet, who is very good. He did a medium crop by laser, very clean, very little blood, very little scarring. Ears were not too painful, the taping and re-taping hurt worse. Oh and the stretching is awful.  But the crop is good and my pups healed in a week and stood in 6 weeks. My vet is Dr Daryl Waits, located at the Fayette Veterinary Clinic in Washington Court House, Ohio. Phone is (740) 335-6161

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Thanks for the input. I'm also trying to compile a list of good ear crop vets so that is very useful. When you say the stretching is awful, how do you mean?

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Before every retape, my vet stretches the ear along the cut side, to prevent crimping and excess scarring. That can be a little painful for the pup, especially if scabs are broken open. But overall a great crop job, all aftercare is done by them, fo no additional cost. Which is great for first time Dobie owners who don't know how to post the ears. 6 weeks after crop the are standing beautifully, I don't understand some people saying it takes up to a year for a crop to stand, I know show crops take longer but I don't think it would have gone longer than 10-12 weeks at very most. Hope this helps. Pic of my boy on the ear cropping post, click the link there.
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