Crop ‘N Dock
My assisting meant I handed the vets the tampons to put in the inside part of the earflap, and then the cardboard tongue depressors on the outside to erect the sliced ear. They’d then stitch the outer part of the ear to stop the bleeding, and then tape it all up. Just like the pictures. They also, strung a suspended piece of tape or string as a bridge between the 2 ears to give it stability and help the ears stay erect while healing. Makes sense? Ohhh.. but wait. If those dogs have a violent time coming out of anesthesia with their paws flailing all over the place, and catch the bridge? Look out. Plus I had to sleep through the night listening to these dogs coming out of anesthetic, howling in pain. Lovely way to fall asleep.
But it gets better: I forgot to tell you I was also the kennel cleaner. Nothing is bloodier and messier, then a cage with a dog that has pulled apart its bandages from ear cropping. Dried blood is a bitch to clean. Ohhh., I also forgot to mention during office hours I assisted in docking 3-day-old black and tan puppies’ tails. Now there is an experience. I hold the pup, (no anesthesia), while the vet applied hemostatic clamps on the tail, and twist. The flexible cartilage stretches and can be easily pulled off, the skin stretches over the semi-bone and covers the end. No stitches required. It’s over in 10 seconds. But I have to endure it for a whole litter of 8 pups. I am trenched in sweat, and weak in the knees. The horror of it all. Best part, if you can call it that. I am about to throw away the 8 puppys’ tails in the steel tray, and the Doc said put them in the fridge. (same fridge where we all kept our lunches). Afterwards I asked the other more seasoned assistants, why would he save them, and they all laughed. “He goes fishing with them!” Just another day at the office.
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