After three years I have added to my family. Of course another dobe. I've gone a male this time. Boomer
I've gone the crop again with Boomer. I felt I would be better equipped after having gone through it all with Meekah.
Here is a thread I started on Meekah. Meekah Ear Tips - Winged Jet Fighter
Thanks for all the pro advice. Her ears came out perfect and I am over the moon. I have attached some recent pics at 3 years old.
I am up to posting stage with Boomer. He is 10 weeks old and have gone a short medium crop possibly bordering on military. Of course, with his ear posting compared to Meekah, he has thrown me a curve ball.
After one week of posting, I noticed a funky smell coming from his ears. Both in fact. All my alarms pointed to an infection. Posts did come out a little damp. He has not gotten them wet (we've had no rain).
The smell is only noticeable when you sniff his ears. I have read infection smells can clear out a room. This is not the case here but it is a strong odour when getting close.
There is no gunk build up. His incisions have healed but there are open wounds (slight blood showing) in the fold of his ears which has reopened due to posting. These are small though. Nothing different to what I experienced with Meekah.
His ears do look a little swollen on the inside.
His behaviour? He sits calmly enough when I post. Touching his ears doesnt faze him. He seems happy enough running around and playing with Meekah. He eats like a horse. He does shake his head, though I am assuming this is because of the discomfort with the posts.
I am off to buy some peroxide and rubbing alcohol and give them a good clean out tonight. Because he is relatively young still, I could possible do a couple of days without posts to air them out properly and make sure no wounds are weeping.
My concerns are with a possible infection. I've read so many home remedies (garlic oil, vinegar/alcohol mix....). Any advice on these?
Meekah pays a lot of attention to Boomer's ears, sniffing and licking them. Is this good for him? I would think the licking is no good.
I think a trip to the vet/breeder is a little premature at this stage. He really does seem to be in high spirits and I am hoping that the smell is a result of the tape or heat wave we are experiencing??
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.