Hi. I hope someone has been through this and can help. I got a puppy about 3 weeks ago. He is now 15 weeks old. The breeder said his initial tail crop was not done properly and she had it redone the day before I picked him up. Everything seemed ok for the first couple of days, but the end of his tail opened up and would not stop oozing - no bad smell, but the stitches did not hold it together and a thick spot developed on the top of the tail. We took him to 2 different vets and then decided to have the poor guys tail re-docked one last time to finally get it right. We took him to a vet that has experience with both doberman tails and ears and the tail looked great right after the surgery and for 2 days we kept it wrapped and everything seemed good. The next night his tail swelled and above his tail even swelled up a lot. We took him back to the vet and she removed the bandage and said we just need to give it time to heal. Much of the skin turned black and we took him to the veterinary teaching hospital on Friday. They did a culture to see what is infecting his tail but we're still waiting on the results. In the meantime much of his skin has fallen off of his tail and it's just a meaty mass with no skin!. I don't know what to do and am taking him back to the emergency department at the vet college this afternoon. I'm thinking maybe he is allergic to the stitches? Has anyone else been through anything like this? My heart is breaking for this poor puppy.