Lucian's stitches are out but no posting yet

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I took my dobie to the vet today hoping to be correctly taught the "art of posting" by my vet. Unfortunately all he did today was remove the stitches and examined Lucian's ears. I have to go back on Wednesday to have the actual posting done. He told me to give Lucian a good bath making sure to clean the ears very well cleaned and the remaining scabs fall off and the wound dries out (I got an ear cleaning kit for this purpose). Luckily one of Lucian's sisters was at the vet and had her ears posted already so I was able to see how the posting looks and it looks very similar to the method that is shown on this site. I guess when I need assistance in posting I can just look on here. I will be posting post surgery (when the ears had stitches and hung floppy) and once the ears are posted. I am really hoping that I do not have to post long but it seems that there is no set time of when the ears can stand on their own all dobies are different! Thanks again for everyone's helpful info!

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jen3493 - when you bring Lucian home after having his ears posted the first time, he will be trying to get them out, not because they hurt, but because they do not like foreign objects in their ears or on them. One reason many breeders put little collars on the puppies early in life is to get them accustomed to the collar. As each day passes, the desire to have those hateful things off will not abate so keep an eye on him. Princess finally got the bottom of one out the morning her first posts were to come out - so I did not bother fixing it.

Do not leave the posts in the ears for more than 6 days. The post and the tape irritates the skin on the inside of the ear, and the bottom of the post (in the bell) will become very yucky with ear wax. Leave the posts out for 24 hours at a minimum, 48 preferably. Look at the ears after 24 hours and if they are still red and irritated, definitely leave them open another 24.

There are dozens of different methods of posting the ears, differing in the various materials available to be used, and some use a high brace (as I do, bridging across the top of the posts) to keep the ears vertical and some use a low brace (figure 8 of tape right above the ear, pulling the ears vertical down low. The important feature of all the methods is to brace the ear straight, put a bit of a curl in the ear (when viewed from above) for a flat ear will not stand as well, and hold the ear vertically.

The first time is the hardest, most of us have gone through this, and made a mess of our first ones. They worked, but looked terrible. I am glad no pictures survive of my first taping job on Hans some 26 years ago. Over the years I have learned a lot from discussions with other Dobie owners, and I do not post the same way I did when I started, as I have picked up additional pointers each time. Of course I did not have an internet or on-line resources back then either.

If you don't like the way the first postings worked out (appearance wise) try something a little different the second week. I have had to redo some immediately, so if you didn't get the ears braced properly, and you have the materials, just redo them. No big deal. I promise you Lucian will not tell any of us.

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I am redoing them tonight because I do not like the way that my vet posted them.  He only taped the ears half way up and then figure eighted.  The points of Lucian's ears were facing in a weird direction.  I bought the supplies listed in the how-to section of the ear cropping page and I will post pics tonight afterwards.  Hopefully it works out well.  Lucian didn't seem to mind the postings until he tried to go under my bed and couldn't get under cuz of it.  Thanks for all the help!

I have had 5 dobes in the last 30 years or so . I have always had the ears posted from day one . With the stitches in , my vet posted using tounge depressors with cotton on the end that goes in the pocket and tape insideout around the depressor so it can stick to the inside of the ear and taped outside the front of the ear that does not have stitches . The stitches need to air for them to heal . I have never covered stitches with tape .

Over the years I have used many methods of post-stitch posting . Wolf racks , tounge depressors , even tampons . 

I found this vidio on you-tube when we got Jewel , our new pup in April .  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e39bE8ctNJc

This way has worked very well for me .

Good luck and never give up . Some dogs take longer than others to stand thier ears .