1st time posting ears....critques please!

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This is our 1st time posting. Her stitches come out monday, the 10 day mark. They were literally JUST cleaned and reposted. How did we do? I welcome any and ALL advice!

Do not post your puppy's ears till the stitches are out and all scabs are healed. You can just let them hang at this point.  If you search on-line, there are several good tutorials that will help you learn how to post.... but the best way to learn is to find someone who is very good at it and can help you learn how to do it with a few lessons.

The way you have them taped together will cause what is called pockets - you do not want them leaning in towards each other. 

There is truthfully so much wrong with what you are doing that I can't begin to tell you - find a good ear poster to help you. That includes better supplies!

 

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I understand now. We were trying to replicate what the vet had done as she somehow got the bandages off. So we re-did what was done. She got her stitches removed today and the vet instucted us not to post until AFTER her next visit at the end of this month. Since posting this last week I've watched several videos on different methods and am now pretty familiar with what to do. Already visited my dry cleaner and secured enough hanger tubes to post for some time, should we need to. I'm relatively positive we have a good handle on it now. With that said if there is anyone in the southern indiana area thats willing to help, when the time comes, it would be appreciated. I'm more of a visual learner. I'm sure we can get it done, but I'll never turn away experienced help!

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@Cersei's pop:  Did you by chance have your cropping done by Dr Brester?  Looks exactly like the way he posts, and he does post immediately after surgery.  He has done the ears on all my dobes for the past 38 years.  I will say, however, I re-post a different way than this as soon as the stitches are removed, because it DOES cause pockets in the ear base.  Where in southern Indiana do you live?  I am about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.

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DJ's dad......Bingo! Your EXACTLY correct! It was Dr. Brester! He did my boxers ears 15+ years ago. He is the only vet I go to...unless its an emergency that is. The wait is EPIC, but I love that guy.

I'm in Columbus, IN. Used to go to IU, so I'm betting your in the bloomington area? Any chance you would be willing to help us post? I can definitely see pockets, so I "think" I know what you mean.

Awesome that someone on here is close!!

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We don't currently have them posted. After the stitches came out he asked us NOT to post until her next round of shots...the end of this month. I want to though. They are tilted in, as you'd expect from the posting. I would like them straight up and down!

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And on a side note Ziva and DJ look GREAT!

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This is what they look like right now.

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Actually, Im in Martinsville...about half way between Indy and B'town.  I go to Bloomington a lot, though.  DJ goes to a great daycare place there.  She's going again next week, in fact. But I lived in Columbus for 6 years back in the mid-70's.  Love that town.

Sure, let me know when you're going to post again, and if Im not busy I can maybe meet you someplace and give you what I know about posting.  I've used all sorts of things as posting articles....backer rod and medical tape is my favorite, though.  It has enough 'give' to it to be somewhat flexible, but still stiff enough to hold the ears straight up.  Be prepared to post through the 6 month mark, or sometimes even beyond that.  When they start cutting teeth, even ears that look good sometimes start to droop.  It's just a little extra 'insurance' to take on those ears to do what you can to keep them looking good through the growing stages. 

This is how I posted DJ's ears after Brester's stitches, sticks and tape came off:

 

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I thought that Cersei's ears looked quite a bit like Princess Destiny Janes'....what fun for GD'ers to meet!!

Just like last year when we met Lady Kate, Mike, Sofia and Bella!

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I think I would probably recognize a "Doc Brester crop" anywhere.  LOL

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Thanks DJ's dad. Brester does have a "unique" style all his own. The vets around this area HATE the guy. But I've been a fan for years!

 

What do you recommend in terms of when to post again? I know you said you re-pot as soon as the stitches are removed. Brester said he wanted to see her ears dry out and the scabs to have fallen off before we go again. Truthfully, he was not excited about us wanting to repost them anyway. But he advised we wait until everything was dried up before re-posting. If you don't think there is any harm in doing it now then we will probably give it a go this weekend.

@ Bella....who is princess Destiny Jane? Is there another fawn on here that I need to search for? I love looking at all dobe picks, but fawns in particular!

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LOL  "Princess Destiny Jane" a.k.a. DJ. But the reigning Queen Diva (and also a fawn) is Sofia.

When to repost is entirely up to you..what you feel comfortable with.  Leaving them alone until the scabs are gone is probably best, since they really do need air to help heal them quickly.  It wont take long, though.  She will rub her head around while playing and maybe even scratch a little with a back foot, and those scabs will be gone before you know it.  Just give me a shout out when you're ready to post again.  If you want to try it this weekend, that's ok too.  Columbus is maybe a 45 minute drive from here, so that's no big deal. I'll email you my phone number if the email thingie at the bottom of your posts here will reach you, ok?

About Brester....yeah, I know how the other vets around feel about him.  He doesnt have any big technical equipment in his office, doesnt think he has to run a bazillion tests on a dog or cat (or even skunks--I've seen pet skunks at his office, too) to know what's wrong and how to treat them. He goes by touch, sight, smell, and years of experience, and is usually spot-on when it comes to diagnosing and treatment. The man literally brought a little pom of ours back to life once.  We were sitting in his waiting room with this very sick little toy pom...respiratory problems, and she was very old.  She had epilepsy and had seizures all the time, even on meds.  My wife and I had already came to the conclusion that the little dog had lived a full life and was suffering now, so given her medical state and age, we were prepared for Doc to tell us "it's time to let her go".  I could feel the dog actually stop breathing while I was holding her...then she'd take a slow breath again.  We went in to the exam room and here came Doc Brester, hobbling from his knee replacement surgeries (he also had cancer a few years back and fought it and is a survivor).  We said "are you going to suggest we put her down?"  He said "nope" (as you know, he's not a man of many words. LOL) He gave her a couple of shots, sent us home with meds to give her, and before the night was over, that little dog was back on her feet and eating food again.  He's a miracle worker for sure.  I used to think people came to him from miles around just because he had lower prices than other vets....but it's because he is who he is.  There's no way that anyone is saving any $$ by driving 100 miles to get there and waiting for 4 or 5 hours just to see him.  He's just that GOOD.  I really cant say enough good stuff about the man, but he does cropping one way and one way only. 

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LOL.....I missed the nickname completely! Thats too funny.

 

We will probably wait until the scabs are gone and then hop on the posting bandwagon then. My email should be correct. Email me when you can and I will email you once the scabs look like they are no longer an issue. Thanks in advance!

 

There are no words to adequately describe just how awesome Dr. Brester is. I have known him since I was 6 years old and we began taking the families rescued pekingnese to him. I too assumed that folks flocked there because he charged half what every other vet in the area does. But, when you go on a saturday morning and meet folks who come from 100+ miles away and wait, patiently mind you, for 5+ hours at times, to be seen you know thats not the case. He is a strange bird for sure. You are correct in saying he is a man of few words! He has the hands of a retired, bare knuckle brawler with 100+ fits to his name and definitely has the limp to match. He is ALWAYS wearing that carhart jumper too. But, he is the closest thing I have ever seen to an animal whisperer. I remember taking our boxer to him 20+ years ago. He had some strange sort of rash. Brester looked him over, said good looking pup, rubbed his belly where the rash was, opened the refrigerator door in the exam room and pulled out some weird looking home-made concoction. Said put it on him twice a day and went to walk out of the room. My mom stopped him and asked when he wanted us to come back for a check up. He stopped long enough to say "I don't. If that stuff doesn't fix him up nothing will". 3 days later the rash was gone. He never would tell us what he put in that stuff. The man makes his own medicine when the occasion calls for it, now thats awesome!