Dogo ear crop aftercare

Discussion in 'Dogo Argentino' started by Sebb, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Sebb

    Sebb Member

    IMG_3735.JPG IMG_3768.JPG Hey guys, my girlfriend and I welcomed a 3.5mo dogo puppy named Shirin to our family, she had her crop done already when we got her, the breeder said that she doesnt think any posting was necessary but I noticed that while our puppies ears stand most of the time sometimes she kinda like holds them down sometimes and the top of the ear kinda falls down and points to the side and not up, (Im really bad at explaining), so we began taping them to get the best results, I have owned dogs but this is actually my first cropped puppy, so what im asking is that how did your puppies ears stand after the crop, were they standing at all times or did the dog hold them down sometimes etc. ? Unlike dobies for example the dogo crop is pretty short so you would expect them to be easier to stand by themselves but apprently not, I really dont want her ears to flop since with a crop it would look pretty ridicilous. Here are pictures of her holding her ears correctly and also now when they're posted, Im at work at the moment and the ears are posted as we speak so i dont have a picture of her holding her ears down like I explained above, any experiences are warmly welcomed no matter the breed. Thanks!
     
  2. Sebb

    Sebb Member

    Apparently I am taping wrong and should use something more like this but anyway id like to hear experiences about crops and also about the connection between teething and cropped ears falling down.
     
  3. JayC

    JayC New Member

    Our breeder also stated that there was no need to tape the ears. My understanding is that it depends on the length and/or shape of the crop. Our guy, Marshall, had a very short crop so there was very little extra to wrap or to fall down. We weren't too impressed with the crop-job to begin with, as the vet didn't administer any anti-inflammatory meds, pain-killers or the correct/ideal antibiotic for this type of cut. Subsequently, his ears got swollen and irritated, with 2 of the stitches coming out after he was rubbing the cone against everything in an effort to rub them. :( Not a fun ride for the little guy.

    With the taping video above, I can say that it is 'close' to what we did for our boxer many years ago. The ears were cropped much longer, so we had to tape if we wanted the proper stance. We took a 4-5 inch piece of 1/2 inch foam dowel and 'back taped', so the sticky side was out. We placed that in the bell of the ears and curved the ear in around the dowel. We then wrapped the outside of the ear in tape to hold it all in place. We went through about 5 types of tape before we found on that wouldn't hurt him to pull it off or would fall off the first time he shook. We would pull the tape off after every 7 days or so to inspect the health of the ears and let them 'breathe' for a day before retapping. I'm not sure if this is the best approach however it is what we did and it worked for us. Zach's ears came out perfect.
     
  4. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I only have experience with boxer show crops. As JayC mentioned above, a boxer crop is much longer and has to be taped to stand properly. Tampons, moleskin, or a "shriner's hat" on the head work well for that. It's my understanding that the shorter crops shouldn't need taping and massage should be enough. As for ears and teething ... yes, ears go wonky during teething. All ears. I'd just keep massaging and wait for them to go back to normal.

    She's a really beautiful pup. Please keep posting pictures of her.
     
  5. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that if the crop is done right, posting is usually not necessary. But I’m sure it depends on the shape and size of the ear. And the younger, the better.
     
  6. Sebb

    Sebb Member

    IMG_3802.JPG IMG_3804.JPG IMG_3794.JPG Hey Thanks for the responses everyone! I know that during teething the ears may fall down a bit and look kinda weird but I also think the natural fold on the ear looks weird and is not folding properly? i took the tapes off so I could take a picture of what I mean, and also I think the TIP of the left ear bends a little when looked from behind but I just might be ocd about them, I tried to make an arrow pointing at the natural fold Im talking about when the ears are standing. The last pic is her holding her ears pretty straight. I know she's still a baby and is teething etc. But i feel like If I dont do anything she will end up with weird ears :( not that I would love her any less If she did but it would be nice to get the ears looking like they're supposed to. What do you guys think I should do or not do, now with the new pics?
     
  7. JayC

    JayC New Member

    Her ears look very similar to Marshall's. I find that his expression, degree of 'alertness' and age, has resulted in different looks for the ear over the past 7 months. Marshall is 10.5 months old now and as his skull has been growing, the ears have changed in both position and relative size. I'm not sure that taping short cropped ears are going to do much for you at this point. She looks pretty awesome just as she is. :cool:
     
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  8. Courtney H

    Courtney H Well-Known Member

    Axel’s ears folded like that while he was still healing and younger. They stand straight now, but his were unevenly cropped. Gives him character lol. Cora’s ears are perfect and they never folded but hers were done at 8 weeks, maybe younger.
     

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