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**NEED HELP - Posts caused irritation and oozing**

We posted Coopers ears for the first time today and after 5 hours I noticed that a little redness in his ears so we took off all the tape and pulled out the posts and there was some oozing and his ears were very red and irritated where the posts were sitting. I posted using Zephyrs baker rod method but I am not sure what we did wrong. I would have posted some photos but we pulled the tape off as quick as we could because we were sure they were bothering him.

I was also wondering if this method would work even though it's for great danes.

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Grizzly's ears always got red and irritated with the backer rod. We switched to tampons and never looked back. When his ears got too long for them, we just starting using the backer rod to make up the top of the tampon applicator, if that makes sense. A lot of folks use and love the backer rod method, but it was just not working for Grizzly. The stuff is a bit rough and not absorbent at all, so I could see how it might cause problems.

Some folks here also post with the pipe insulation, and I know there have been some threads on "half-posting" like you have linked there. I hope you find something that works for you and your pup! It sure makes life easier that way.
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What tape did you use? Was the reaction just at the tape?

If so it sounds like a tape reaction, you just have to let the ears heal then use a new tape

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We had a similar issue the first couple if times we posted. She had sores on the skin inside the ears from the posts and I used tampons. We reposted bc it didn't look that bad, but just two days later, I had to take them down. Posts were brown, goopy and smelled, and the sores were worse. Do yourself a favor and don't repost until they've cleared up. I think it's because the skin in the ears are not used to anything rubbing it. I also had her ears checked (she cried when putting posts in) and she did have an ear infection. I even tried doing a half-post -- DON'T DO IT. The ear wound up sticking out at a funny angle, and I could've screwed up her ears. Just leave them flop until healed and re-post. Your pup wi be fine. Nothing will be ruined even if if takes a week of them being down.


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You should message Sizzledog! She taught me an AWESOME method that is EXTREMELY comfortable for my puppies sensitive ears!

I use blue shop towels wrapped around a straw (the bendy kind) to make my posts. Very soft and absorbent! I also angle the end so it fits down into her ear canal.

Then I'm using Kendall Porous Curity tape (only $20 for 12 rolls on Amazon!). It's a soft breathable tape and hasn't caused any irritation.

I also use spray Goo-Gone while removing the tape so it doesn't hurt and rip the hair/skin off.

Like I said, talk to Sizzledog....she's helping and mentoring me on posting and is SO experienced! I've also been periodically sending photos of my pups ears to her for suggestions and evolution.
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**update**

So Sunday morning we looked at his ears and are definatley raw - there are scabs (i think) forming on the nubs in the very bottom inside corner of his ears - whey I cleaned them this afternoon part of this stuff came off and it made it bleed a little so I am sure that it is a scab. So I am pretty sure it was a combination of us redoing the posts 3 times and used 5/8 backer rod which is too large for him right now. I would really like to just leave his ears alone for a few days but should like be using anything to clean them with or just keep using the anti-biotic ointment every day? I am concerned that letting his ears flop will cause them not to stand as he is 17 weeks old this today (He was 12 weeks exatlywas ears were cropped).



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I would really like to just leave his ears alone for a few days but should like be using anything to clean them with or just keep using the anti-biotic ointment every day? I am concerned that letting his ears flop will cause them not to stand as he is 17 weeks old this today (He was 12 weeks exatlywas ears were cropped).
We had to use 1/2" backer rod for Angus' ears until he was bigger because the 5/8s wouldn't fit properly.

I would continue to clean them with a mild soap and water mix - gently dabbing - you don't want to pull the scab off - and put the polysporin (or whatever antibiotic ointment you're using) on them.

And don't worry about his ears flopping at this point, you still have a very long time to post those ears. Many people here post until after the 1 year mark... there's no need to be worried at the stage your in, just get those ears healed up

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5/8 backer rod is fine.
but what kind of tape are you using?
def dont post if oozing and/or scabs, it will aggravate everything and set you backwards cuz Cooper will start hating it.

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