Get a referral from a local breed club, or breeder. Check out the vet before you get it done, not everyone knows how to crop properly and a bad crop looks horrible. They should have pictures of dogs they have done in the past for you to look at. All vets should use anesthetic on them. If not that's just cruel and probably against some anti-cruelty law.
there is a specialist in the Dallas area that does the best crop.... If you want the best...well that would be her! However, call your vet and ask for a referral, and also the DPCA..Only puppy mills and BYB crop without a general anesthesia, and usually before 4 weeks of age and these poor dogs end up looking like Gizmo from the movie "Gremlins" YUCK
It sounds more that the person who had them cropped did not care for the ears properly. There is follow up care and taping, racking involved for the ears to heal properly.
Is there even enough 'good' ear for them to crop so she will not have a short pit type cut? Age, I'm not 100% on. There are some Dobe breeders and owners here that can tell you that part better. Myself I have MIn Pins, and the age for them is different than that of the Dobes.
Oh, my goodness! I had a female dobie and had her ears done. The first vet i took her to(with referrals) cropped her ears and taped them up. Told me to bring her back the next day for a check up. SO i did, and he took the tape off and let them be. Then my friend, who breeds dobies, came over the next week and was startled because there was nothing on Selmas ears, My friend told me that her ears were not going to stand up on there own, so i had to call around and found another vet and took her to see him, needless to say. I had to have implants put in her ears for 8 months,,,,,,,,,,, Just make sure the vet you find knows what they are doing,,,,
***Edited By: krdavis602 on 1/13/2007 5:38:55 PM*** Reason: add
Yes, they can be taped, racked, etc. But It depends really on how they healed. If not properly cared for and kept clean, massaged etc. Sometimes they heal with 'puckering' in the ear. Not sure if that makes sense to you. If they are healed in creased or puckered form, then there isnt alot you can do. Can you post pictures of her ears?
You can use http://www.photobucket.com Upload your pics there, then copy/paste the link here. Putting it here will mean that others that are experienced with cropped ears can look too and may have more suggestions.
Someone already suggested it, just make an account at Photo Bucket and then post the URL's here at Terrific Pets. That way we can all see your dogs and specifically the problem you are having with his ears.
My family and I have a 5 dogs, not all live in the same household though.
Thank you, I think they are a nice crew of dogs too, but I am partial.
I rescued the Chihuahua. Found out about her and traveled part way across the state to see her. She was living with a woman and her 4 children and another large dog that they kept tied by a leash to a door knob.
When I saw how little Abby was and the way she was living, I had to take her home. The people were having a hard time housebreaking Abby and kept her locked in a dark basement.
The poor dog was so afraid of people, she warmed up to me right away and didn't want me to put her down. I brought her over to my Mom's house and she loved her. I left that night, leaving Abby there, but my Mom said "Don't forget your dog" so Abby came home with me.
The next day, I took Abby over to Mom's again and never took her home again. It has been such a blessing to have this little dog for my Mom. Abby is good company for her. Mom is a 2 time cancer survivor, a real fighter. It has lifted her spirits immensely and the 2 of them are inseperable.
She was so afraid of people, if company came over, she would hide under the couch and not come out til they left. My Mom's cousin (in her 60's) was visiting and fell in love with Abby. When she went to pet her, Abby got scared and hid under the couch again. Nancy (the cousin of my Mom) laid on the floor, trying to coax her out to no avail. It did take Abby a long time to warm up to people, but now she is Miss Social Butterfly.
I am sure that she would not have survived much longer, if forced to live in the situation she was in when I first saw her.
She is fiesty and definatly bosses the Pit Bull around. She is the alpha of the entire pack and the smallest, I might add.
boxerlover01.........your best bet is to call around and check what vets do crops...they seem to be few are far between anymore. The vets will have a age limit based on the breed of the dog. Though he looks cute with his ears down like that. It is not impossible to get a 6 month old ears to stand...I have a Min Pin who is still going through the taping etc at 6 months old , but usually they are at least partially up at this stage, so re-crop may be the onyl last resort. The Dobe people here will know better, as Min Pins are a bit different. Its hard to tell in those pics, they just seem to be folded, not improperly healed or puckered, but with out a close up of the ears regular and held up its hard to say for sure.
They also have supplements out there that help build the cartilage to assist as well while they are going through the taping/racking phase.