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Hi Everyone! Just thought I would hopefully get a little reassurance. Dozer had his ear crop surgery Feb. 3 and we started posting 2 wks after Feb. 17. We have been taking them down and pretty much taping them back up. I really thought last Thurs. (April 5th) was going to be it. We took his ears down and they stood up beautifully. Then Sat. night, the one started drooping, I call it wilting. About half way down it started to fold.

Sunday when we woke up, Dozer was starting to pull it back up, and it looked pretty good (not perfect) through out the day. And since it was Easter, we didn't have time to repost and didn't know if we should. Well Monday morning (today) it was drooped, and he wasn't pulling it back up, so my husband and I posted them back up again. And the odd thing this time was it was his ear that has been the strongest that started to droop..... is that common?? He was having issues with his right drooping, now it was his left this time around.

I know the little guy is teething because his breath is kind of stinky. Are we getting anywhere close to the end? I so want to take him to doggy daycare, but I'm afraid the other dogs will mess up his posts. My huband and I can repost ourselves, it doesn't seem as good of job as our vet does, but our vet for the posting is an hour away. So figuring we are in the last leg of this race, and we (I) have watched our vet post Dozer's ears about 7 times, I figured we could do it ourselves.

We did a decent job.... I'll have to take some pictures. But here are some pictures of his ears last Thurs right after we took the posts down. They stayed like this like I said until late Saturday night.

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Ok... how the heck do I post pictures of Dozer??

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if he is teething it is completely normal for the ears to droop, continue posting for a while longer.

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He is gorgeous, being the UK don't know anything about posting ears but there are lots of threads on here that I am sure will be useful.

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I posted DJ's ears for several weeks after her surgery, and when I removed the tapes and supports, her ears stood beautifully for weeks.....then along came the teething stage.  One drooped forward and down and the other one flopped over the top of her head.  Sometimes.  Other times, one would stand, one would fall, and not always the same ear. So, it was post..rest..post...rest...post...post some more.  She's been out of tapes and supports for a week this time, and so far, they're standing, even after rough-housing around with her 2.5 yr old sister Ziva.  I checked inside her mouth, and it seems like all her big-girl teeth are in now....maybe a molar or two still to go, it's hard to tell, but all her front teeth and canine 'fang' teeth are big, pearly white permanent teeth now. 

Teething is a pain in the rear for sure.  Dont give up----it'll be all over soon.

Oh, and it's a good thing 'neatness' doesn't count when posting.  Sometimes I would be in a hurry, or she would be extremely fidgity, and the posting tapes looked rather raggedy, but as long as they stuck and held the ears in the correct position, I didnt worry about it too much---I knew I'd be taking them down in 4 - 5 days to let the insides of her ears breathe anyhow. 

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Hi Ziva's Dad, thanks for the encouraging words :) Do you mind me asking how old is DJ? And when did she have her surgery? And do you think it is okay to have Dozer's ears posted for 6 days? I am going out of town and I don't think my husband wants to attempt taking the posts off without me being there. We re-posted them Monday morning and plan on taking them down Sunday morning.

I had another dobie 15 years ago and the process was completely different. They glued her ears to a plastic goal post and left them up for a few weeks. Once they took them down Mason's ears stood, crossed at the tips, but I never went thru any of this "posting" I guess that is why that vet doesn't crop ears any more. Mason's ears eventually uncrossed when she grew into them, lol! But when  we got Dozer I had no idea what I was in for.

Thanks for all the advise! I am a nut case when it comes to my pets. 

Kim

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@Dozer:  DJ will be 5 months old on Thursday of this week.  I got her from someone who bought her from the breeder at 8.5 weeks old, but changed her mind about wanting to keep her, and made me an offer before someone answered her Craigslist ad to re-home the pup.  So she was right at the 12-week mark when she got her ears cropped.  My vet wont do ears after a pup is 12 weeks old, so we barely made it.  So she's been in and out of posts for well over 2 months now.  At first, I would leave her ears taped for a week, then take the tapes and posts off and let the inner part of her ears get some air, swab out the bottom part of her ear with peroxide on a gauze pad (they get a little bit stinky after being posted for days) then post again in a few hours.  Later on, I'd leave them up for 4 days, take them down for one day, and if they looked even a little droopy, back into posts.  This last time her tapes were sticking really good (she had a tendancy to rub her ears and loosen the posts, or one of my other dogs would wrestle them out of her ears, also) so I left her posted for an entire week--from Tuesday tilll Tuesday of the next week.  So if you get his ears cleaned out really well before posting, yes, you can easily leave them up for 6 days without worrying.

I've honestly posted DJ longer than any other doberman I've ever owned.  I had one female years ago that her ears stood the day her stitches came out and was never posted.  One in a million shot.

ALSO---I noticed that Dozer's ears have a longer crop than my dobermans do so it may take quite a bit longer posting time to get the ears just right.

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Hi there Dozer... Great pictures YOU ARE STUNNING~~~

We've  never gone through the crop and post procedure; as Sofia was almost four or five when we got her and someone did an excellent job on her medium crop.

It looks as if you've got a show crop and they do take a LOT longer to post and have stand correctly. Do not despair.... it will be so worth it when they're done.

There's a Doberdude here on the Forum who went through the posting period for almost 18 months.. one ear was just cranky..LOL

Keep taking pictures, retaping and do a 'search' on this Forum for more posting advice than you will ever need.