Getting Cropped tomorrow! (pic)

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Tomorrow is Mason's big day! He is 10 weeks old and our appointment is tomorrow. I picked out a medium crop picture that my husband and I agree on and Im bringing that.

Thing is.. Im really nervous for him! He's a not so confident and is scared of everything. Ive been working hard with him meeting people and dogs and getting treats but now with this surgery I dont know if its going to traumatize him more?!

I need some good solid advice on taking care of him with his "boo boo ears" and hints or pointers on ear care? Its going to be hard to keep my 2 year old from touching his ears. What do I do if he is wanting to paw at the bandages?! Im sure the vet will tell me how to care for him, Im just worried.

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Here is a god article on problems after the ear crop: http://www.gentledoberman.com/ear-cropping-5.php

Basically, you need to teach the puppy to accept the wrappings. Redirect any scratching to play with some chew toys. The wrapping the vet does should be pretty sturdy, so the puppy getting it off will be tough. Just don't let him scratch at it ans start irritating things. When it comes time for re-wrapping, be sure of two things. Don't let him get away while your wrapping and then do a good enough job that he can't get them off. If he learns he can get away or remove the wrappings - things will get MUCH harder. Doberman puppies are smart. They'll try and try, but if something isn't working, they'll stop and look for another way, or just accepts things. In general they're good about the wrappings though. I've never had to use a c-collar on a Doberman.

Make sure you keep things dry as well, and when you change wrappings clean everything well. Infection is bad at this stage.

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Thanks for the tips. Right now he has this wrap on his head like someone put a sock with the end cut off over his head and taped around it and around the top of his neck holding his ears flat across the top of his head. The vet said it was to stop and prevent more bleeding and the bandage comes off tomorrow and does not get covered because it needs air to heal.

Im nervous about this and I think I'll take him to the vet to remove the bandage because I dont want to hurt him even though she said I can do it myself.

When I first saw him all wrapped up it looked like they cut his ears off all the way and just had a wrap on his head! LOL!

She gave me pain meds and a sedative for him if he gets bad about scratching it