watch out flying posts!

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Ok I am having a terrible time w/ Cisco ears! (raven's are a snap to do and they are coming along really well except for a little nick in her one tip from cisco i think - but that is healing fine)

This boy of mine- is an OCD scratcher! his first wound is now finally healed- and they were starting to stand really niceley before the injury and even during the healing- I rewrapped them 5 days ago and followed the instructios to a T.

I came home today to find he had somehow rubbed the tape up and the post had popped in the injured ear- No biggy except the huge bald spot he created on his ear (UGHHHHH!) it was the day i was going to repost anyways - the hair will grow back (uhhh I hope)

So i cut away the tape and I get the baby oil out to remove it etc, etc, etc,... To my horror his ears both have pockets and the tips are flipping forward and they just look awful- of course camera is MIA yet again from hubby moving it to who knows where-

So i clean his ears and move on- I take down ravens clean them and start to repost (trying to do this all on my 1 hour lunch break)

So I repost them with tampons this time- because i couldn't find the backer rod at the moment and tampons were there- I get them all wrapped up all nice and I go to start getting raven stuff ready- I turn around and get whacked in the face w/ a flying post.... Oh c'mon are you kidding me? I even back taped them- how the heck did he do that???? so i make him another post get all my tape ready- look over and here comes the other ear post. i count to 10 and do it again and they came out again. I think I am chalking it up to a bad day-

I left them out til i get home at 5 and will do them the w. joshs' help...

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Oh honey, I'm so sorry you're having such a time!! I don't know beans about this, just wanted to give you support...xoxoxo, from Sophie & Ang

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Mandy~~

Head gear my dear..

So do not shed a tear

the cycle helmet you are saving

Is perfect for posting ear(s)

 

Note to Kate: Keep your day job.

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thanks ang and soph!

just needed to vent about it- :)

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That Cisco!!! What a character he is.  I'm thinking a new Marley and Me book is in the making.  Good luck Mandy, hang in there.

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Ha! I get blind sided by a toy occassionally!!!  Cant say it's happened with a tampon! ewee, barb, gross!

Don't do it under time restraints, too much pressure.

Helmet, good idea Katie!  Isn't that a funny looking word!

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Thanks Katie

and happydance- if i could write like Kate there may be just that! he is such a character and does things that I have never seen another animal do in my life-

The sword-like swallowing of the toys. the ear posts flying in every direction, the back talking, I could go on and on...

and then there is my peanut...

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lol barb! Yes trying to them in a hurry probably didnt help!

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Cisco is really pretty smart about getting his own way (not particularly caring for the ear posts) ehh?  Man, he's got some real talent hidden there---now if he could only put it to GOOD USE.  LOL

I never got hit with a flying post, but Ziva will grab her rope toys and shake the holy crap out of them and very often will scourge my legs in the process if she's standing close enough.

Here's hoping that his ears wont require posting for too much longer---he's just resistant to the posts, I'm thinking.  Hang in there, Mandy.  Someday you'll sit back and laugh....but most likely not today.

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Exactly Paul- My trainer has suggested getting him into something... Once the weather breaks I am going to see whats around here for him!

His ears were on the way and its now looking like we have taken 5 steps back.

Josh is now back in charge of the posting- He did a better job then me anyways.

I can't wait for that day either!!!!

love my crazy boy though- he is something else I tell ya!

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That Cisco! lol :)

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Is it something with males and OCD with scratching their ears? It seems most females I hear about don't mess with their ears when they're posted. Samson's cone of shame has become a doggie accessory here! Are you posting their ears following rndoberman's directions? Samson goes to the vet tomorrow to get his post/bandages taken off and I'm hoping this last week has helped with the pockets he has. I might end up posting them myself with the bumpers (something I never thought I'd do!) This does bring me to a question, how is it removing that tape from their ears?

I'm sorry you are going through so much heck with his ears. If it is any consolation I'm still dealing with crap with Romeos and he is 15mo old. He has had a pocket for some time and if I could keep a post inside his ear it would have been long gone by now. Unfortunately the cropper that I use really scoops it out so in order to correct the pocket I would have to put the post in an area that causes extreme discomfort for him and risk infection. I've tried it only 2 on him the first time I had them all wrapped and turned around after a few good head shakes and the post popped at the bottom. So I have a vet tech friend that claimed she could wrap anything...so I let her try. Yes she got the post to stay in the canal but the following day it was bleeding and he wouldn't even lift his head so I took it all out and I'm glad I did. The entire inside of his ear WAY down inside was all raw and would have been infected if left in. So I decided the pocket was just going to have to be there. The pocket made his ear about 1/4 inch shorter than the other. I've been having a HELL of a time with the ear with the pocket even standing. His other ear has been standing since last summer. The bad ear I continually have to put up. Just last night I decided to try again to post the old method down in the canal. It was late last night when I put them in. This morning he woke up and scratched the hell out of the one ear causing it to bleed. I'm using backer rod, so I just cut the tip off that used to be in the base and it is now from the nub up. The bad ear that has the pocket the post is still in for now. He hates it so bad he has literally laid by my feet all day and sulked he thinks he cant move with them in.

The way I wrap this type of ear is very different from the way most people post. I like it because the ear base does not have anything in it and it allows the air to circulate. Since he had always been posted like this from day one he thinks I'm punishing him with anything different. Here is a photo showing what we usually do with the puppies...at least the cropper I've used the last 2 litters. The post stops right where the tape is which is right above the nub of the ear.

Here is a side view of it you can see better where the post stops. I love this way of wrapping and haven't had problems with it until now. I think I know how the problem started and would definitely wrap this way again because of the comfort to the dog. It is a much healthier way of wrapping.

Not wanting to mess with putting those posts in and trying to fix the pocket and have him miserable with infections from it being seated so deep this is what we usually do with the bad ear.

 

LBurke removing the tape is easy I have a pair of tape cutting scissors that they use in vets office and I cut up the middle of the outside of the ear. The tape I use Johnson & Johnson Zonus brand peels off without removing the hair. I have to back this up by saying that I always use an electric shaver in the inside of the puppies ears to remove the hair so it makes it easier to get tape off. Whatever tape is left or if it doesn't peel easy without pulling hair I will soak in baby oil. Comes right off. Others use goo gone but I feel this is more of a chemical and you still have to wash the dogs ears so why not use baby oil which will not harm the skin.

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Where do you find the Johnson and Johnson Zonus tape? All I could find was a Johnson and Johnson brand of tape that doesn't hurt skin when pulling off and is latex free. I can't find the box it came in so that's my best description!

I buy it by the case from the pharmacist. You have to order it. Another reason I LOVE this tape is I've never had a dog with an alergic reaction to it. You can also check your local feed and farm supply store. Mine carried it in their horse section they had lots of bandaging material. Only bad thing with buying mine from them is it came in very wide width. 

The important thing is you want a breathable sports tape.

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Hi rnd, those are good looking posts.

I had a cup put on Blades head yesterday and he does not like it, wants to scratch it. I am keeping him in cone when I can not have my eyes on him. He does not play anymore, just sits and wants me to rub his neck close to ear to ease the itch.

I am putting ear powder on his crop line to ease the itching. We are taking stitches out in 4 days, and hopefully it will not itch by then, so I can remove the collar.

Blade has the same ear crop as you dog in pictures above, I love that long slim ear with narrow bottom.

Here he is in the middle of cup gluing.

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Thanks Des- It makes me feel better knowing I am not alone- I hope Samsons ears are not such a pain as ROmeo and Ciscos seem to be- \Blade looks so sad- but his ears look nice!

Well Romeo's were in for not even 24 hours and I had to take them down last night! I'm sick of wrapping his ear! It is back in it's bumper so to speak uGHHH!!!

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The last ones lasted all 5 days! I posted tonight because they were ready - left ear last 15 minutes and that is the one with pocket- Ravens are standing nicely but I am keeping them posted for another couple weeks just to be safe- maybe longer= Ahhh Des these bad boys- They are lucky they are so damn pretty/handsome!!!

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Yes these boys are lucky they're handsome and have cute personalities too! The weather has been so nice lately that yesterday I kept the back door open so Samson could sit on the deck or play in the yard for about a half hour. Well I kept seeing him come in and out and go into his crate several times. When I finally watched him during one of his "trips" in the crate I saw that he was dragging all his toys out in the yard! He made 4 trips into the house to get his pillow pet that he sleeps on, his rope, his stuffed ferret, AND a tennis ball that was under the dining room table! He had them in a pile in the yard taking turns playing with each of them. He's like a toddler right now and soooo funny! Anyway, had to share!

About his ears, yesterday they came out of posts/bandages and while he was in the back seeing the vet (because one ear wasn't standing correctly), I had decided to talk to the vet about the posts with bumpers. Before I could see the vet, they had already posted him again! The vet listened to my description of the bumpers and actually asked me to bring them in when we go back on
Friday to take the posts out and let his ears breathe for a few days. The vet is aware of the pockets his ears have and seemed to be open to the idea of using the homemade posts with bumpers the next time they post his ears again!