Kratos is back from surgery!

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Hey guys just wanted to show you pics of Kratos with his newly cropped ears!  The vet was absolutely fantastic, I couldn't be happier!  Now it's the waiting game, hopefully, it doesn't take months for them to stand! :P

He came home REALLY hungry after his surgery!

Time for a little play time!

Okay still tired time to go back to sleep...zzz...

Why did they fully tape his ears with raw, bloody stitched edges? This looks like a good wrap if the edges were healed but definitely not to be done before. When are you to go back to take the stitches out and have them re-wrapped? I really hope for Kratos sake that they put something in there so the tape or guaze doesn't stick to all the newly cut and stitched edges. Let us know how the visit goes. He should be pretty out of it for the rest of the day. Mine last litter slept most of the day and started playing around towards evening.

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Ahh what a sweet boy.. His first hangover.
I am sure all will go well. Sofia wrote him a love letter.. and is hoping he'll be up to speed in no time.
Thanks for writing, we know how nervous you were. Dont' forget. He's a Doberman and they are fierce and fearless and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!

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rnddobermans wrote:

Why did they fully tape his ears with raw, bloody stitched edges? This looks like a good wrap if the edges were healed but definitely not to be done before. When are you to go back to take the stitches out and have them re-wrapped? I really hope for Kratos sake that they put something in there so the tape or guaze doesn't stick to all the newly cut and stitched edges. Let us know how the visit goes. He should be pretty out of it for the rest of the day. Mine last litter slept most of the day and started playing around towards evening.

I don't really know rnd, but were going back on Monday to have them re-wrapped and she said that the stitches would be removed in 7 days.  He's really annoyed with the wraps, and he keeps bumping into everything.  I kind of feel bad like he's trying to figure out a way to take them off.

Just keep him from scratching them. YOu have to stay on top of them for awhile. I promise he will get used to it.

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Oh I'm definitely watching him!  Me and my boyfriend are pretty much just focused on him, but thanks for the great advice rnd it really helps to have someone so experienced in this.

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I agree with rnd.  It's not normal for the newly cropped edges to be under tape.  They should be out to the air!  Usually, the ears are glued to a cup or a foam block or even just laid over the head and glued to each other.  Whatever method, the edges are usually exposed to the air.  Covering them up is just asking for infection. 

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dobieluvr wrote:

He's really annoyed with the wraps, and he keeps bumping into everything.  I kind of feel bad like he's trying to figure out a way to take them off.

Oh, be assured, he is! Animals are annoyed by anything foreign on them. We usually put a collar on them early on so they get used to it as a very young animal. If you wait, you then will see them lay on the floor as if they can't even walk with the foreign device on them.

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glengate wrote:

I agree with rnd.  It's not normal for the newly cropped edges to be under tape.  They should be out to the air!  Usually, the ears are glued to a cup or a foam block or even just laid over the head and glued to each other.  Whatever method, the edges are usually exposed to the air.  Covering them up is just asking for infection. 

Well glengate this vet has done this for a while actually, she's a full time vet for a local doberman breeder we have here and that's just her method...I'm not too experienced with the cropped ear even though I have done my research but I was very confident with how she cropped the ear.  I am suppose to go back in three days to re-wrap and I will definitely probe her on why they are fully wrapped.  Oh and don't worry Green we're going to get him a cone first thing tomorrow because I just don't want to give him any chance to take the wrapping off.

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Honestly, you'd be surprised at what some vets have done for a while and the problems they cause.  I've seen and read it all on the various Doberman groups over the past 15 years.  This method can be extremely problematic.  I hope it won't be for your puppy.  I'm very concerned. 

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I'm very concerned too now that you bring it to my attention, I hope nothing goes wrong. I really want to be the best dobermom I can possibly be but I am just not experienced in this as much as I would like to be.  Should I really be concerned?

Well glengate this vet has done this for a while actually, she's a full time vet for a local doberman breeder we have here and that's just her method...I'm not too experienced with the cropped ear even though I have done my research but I was very confident with how she cropped the ear.  I am suppose to go back in three days to re-wrap and I will definitely probe her on why they are fully wrapped.  Oh and don't worry Green we're going to get him a cone first thing tomorrow because I just don't want to give him any chance to take the wrapping off.

Just because the vet takes care of a local Doberman breeder doesn't mean they are qualified. Look at how many backyard breeders there are all over the US. I can give you one example in the state of Wash.  a "So called Doberman breeder" whom many innocent first time buyers who don't know any better buy ALOT of dogs from. I've personally been out to her "Kennel" and found it atrocious. I cant believe anyone would be fooled into buying one of her dogs but it happens over and over again. Then you hear about it later on different Dobe lists. Anyways she in the general publics eye being such a great breeder uses the same vet to do earcropping each litter she puts out. Recently on one of the lists that I'm on had a puppy buyer that took her dog to be cropped by her so called experienced vet. Well long story short the dogs ears were butchered and posted with actual sticks from the yard! I can recite as well as glengate can case after case of bad crop stories. It pays to research and travel to the best. If I heard that my local vet crops for a Doberman breeder I would want to know who that was and investigate. All breeders are not created the same, just as all vets are not. Each one has expertise in different areas and like I've learned the hard way you have to go to the experts if you want the job done right.

One more thing I breed an occasional litter of Dobermans and have never had to use a cone for any of them. Mind you this is with a litter and none of them have needed it. I think sometimes it creates more problems using a cone, it is definitely more of a stress on the dog. Mine learn very quickly not to scratch. If it can be done with a litter of puppies one puppy has got to be much easier. Kratos ear are totally covered so even less to worry about.