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Old 02-21-2007, 09:48 AM
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Maya is at the vet right now getting her ears cropped and her dew claws removed. I am sooo nervous! Any tips of after-care? I am sure the vet will teach me how to tape her ears up and stuff but any tips from you guys would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:17 AM
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Aww cute!

I know some people are against cropping, even for show, but I like it. Even though its completly cosmetic. I'd like to get one of my bullies ears done, but I think even Zelda is too old now. No?

How old is your Maya?
Cant wait to see the funny taped up ears!
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:12 PM
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maya is just over 12 weeks.

I went and saw her right after she got out of surgery and she was soo groggy. She has a styoroam cup holding her ears up (wierd I know, huh) and she hated wearing it, she kept shaking her head around. Plus she looks like a power ranger with the bands around her front wrists from the dewclaws.

I am going to visit her again in about an hour.

will let you all know how she is when I get back.
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:35 PM
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12 weeks is rather "late" to be getting ears cropped and dew claws removed. Was that done for a reason? Asking to see if this was because she had any illness/health issues? You should be shown by the breeder how to re-post ears when the time comes to do this. For now, most vets doing crops will give you paperwork on follow care info and a diagram on posting/taping. You'll be careful not to let her get them wet. Not to allow kicking and scratching at them. The first week is when you need to watch for signs of infection. Hope she's feeling better soon!!!
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:37 PM
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Her dew-claws for some reason werent done before. We don't know why. When we had the pre-op visit the vet asked if I wanted them removed and I said yes becuase I know that if they arent removed it can cause problems later. we got maya at 10 weeks and the vet wanted to give her a few weeks to get used to us and the new house before doing the surgery.

I spoke with the vet when I was there visiting (I just got back) and he said that they look extremely well and that they should go up very quick. he said that after he cut them they were almost up. So he said that they should be up fairly quick. He was very pleased.
I got to give Maya a treat this time (I couldnt before becuase she had just woken up from surgery) She loved her treat and even "sat" for it (even though i didnt ask it of her. She seems so well behaved but I know that is partly becuase she is worn out from having a rough day with the surgery and all, even though the surgery went well it couldnt have been easy for her.

So I get to bring Maya home tomorrow. I am excited and a bit nervous at the same time.

I don't know if I can ask the breeder for help with the taping and stuff becuase she doesnt crop her dog's ears. She lets them be natural. The dog groomer and Dog trainer at the vet's office raises dobermans and she told me she would help me out with the taping as far as making sure I know how to do it properly and stuff. She also told me that I can call her with questions any time. (She is normally kind of a hard to get along with lady, to put it nicely) but she is really excited about Maya and wants to help me raise her up proper (lol I sounded all southern or something)
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Just be careful not to expect them to stand too quickly. She's pretty old to be having them cropped. They can appear to be standing inbetween postings and then they wilt. If you let them stay in that wilted position, at all fopping for ANY amount of time, you are going to have real problems getting them to stand. They must never flop at all.

She also may have more pain than a very young pup and also has been without them all this time so it's really going to be foreign to her. Where as a 7 week old pup hardly has had time to notice any different. So, be careful she doesn't mess with them. My pup never did. He was just so accustomed to the posts. Your pup may not be.

You need to clean them, air them out (about every 4 days) just while you prepare your clean posts and then post them right back up again. When you get to the point where they'll stand for a day, but then start to wilt, get them re-posted. When they stand for a week and then start to flop, they're not finished yet. You need to post longer than you think usually.

Lyric was a year old before his were solid. But he was a little bit of a late bloomer. But not that unusual. Some take nearly that long. At 4 months, they would stand for a day, if I remember correctly and by the end......wilting. His were done at 7 weeks by the breeder's cropping vet.

I had a wonderful site for instructions and pictures and now it doesn't link up for some reason. It's gone. But if you're getting help from this gal, hopefully all will be well. Good luck.

She is adorable!
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Sending good thoughts Maya's way that surgery goes well. Keep us updated.

My Jake's ears were done at 6-1/2 weeks. I do know the younger the better.
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Thanks for all of the advice Doberluv.

Maya has been doing great. I went and visited yesterday evening right before the vet office closed. I didnt have time to post about it becuase we kept my 4 year old niece overnight and she was a handful (lol)

Maya was eating well when I visited her. The vet told me that I can pick her up this afternoon. I am a bit nervous though becuase I have class at 2. and the earliest that I can pick her up is at 1. so I will be having to leave her for about 3 hours. We will have about 30 minutes of time to spend before I have to go to class.

Also she goes back to the vet tomorrow to get the Bandages on her feet removed.
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Glad to hear she's doing well. Gentle hugs and kisses to Maya.
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How come the breeder didn't remove the dewclaws??
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