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Exclamation Puppy refuses to leave bandages alone, help desperately needed!

I am a first time dobe owner and my sweet boy Lima got his ears cropped by a vet who has 32 years of cropping experience. He was miserable with the bandages of the surgery but as soon as the were off he was completely fine and was running around happily while the skin was allowed to heal (my vet told me to put Vaseline on them so that they wouldn't scar as bad and he was more than happy to lean into my hand as I would put it on).
However, now I have a dilemma. I went back to the vet to have them posted and she said that they had healed excellently and showed me how to do a post and did the first posting for me and told me to return next week for more instruction. The bandages were fine the first four days other than him trying to scratch them off and constantly shaking his head. He somehow got his bandages loose yesterday morning. I managed to copy the vet and reposted his ears back but it only lasted a full day before he got free of them. This morning I found him with one ear out of the post and when I took off the old to put the new, he had a sore on the inside of the ear. My vet isn't available until tomorrow so my family and I have constantly tried to bandage them back up but he always gets one ear loose within an hour and we have to redo them over and over. Right now I just let them loose out of fear for over stressing both Lima and his ears. He seems fine, and very happy to be out of the bandages, but they are not fully upright and around the middle of the ears they flop over but I don't think the cartilage is broken because when something gets his attention he manages to put both his ears up in the correct position.
I am a little out of my wits, I have tried everything (including the e-collar), and I have no clue what to do. Please help! Should I leave them out until tomorrow or should I try to bandage them back up?
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I'm assuming by e-collar you mean the Elizabethan collar? Not the electronic type?

I would leave them down overnight, no sense IMHO of wasting more supplies when something just isn't working with your technique.

Have you looking at any of the posting threads here to see if there is info that could help you out?

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Yes it is an Elizabethan collar. I actually ran out of medical tape while trying to repost them so I have nothing left except for some duct-tape (which I absolutely refuse to use because I know it can hurt him) and normal office tape (which is probably to weak to use).
I have looked at other posts and have seen different posting methods. I was even told that the way I am posting them now is a very old method.
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Read up on how to post them yourself. That is way, way to much tape on his ears in the photo. I don't leave them posted for a week at a time. I take them down every 3 or 4 days. Clean and repost. If they have a sore it needs to heal.

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If he's got a sore in them, don't repost. Take the time to let that heal up.

Once you get more tape, I found this video to be a simple and thoughtful one on what looked like good ear posting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2J60Ei5ywg (not in English). Really, you want to use as little tape as possible, and make sure you don't do it too tight.

So far as getting him to leave the tape alone, it unfortunately just takes patience and vigilance, with lots of redirection. I think "no scratch" and "leave it" are the first things Elka learned when she came home (and to this day, if she goes to scratch one of her ears, she "misses" at first).

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Just my two cents - I take my posts down every two days. Up two days, then down for 4-8 hours. Up for two days, repeat. I left them in longer at first but I found his ears got yucky and dirty quickly. So I clean them very frequently. Perhaps your pup is scratching at them because the ear goo is building up, and because of the sore.

I'd leave them down until the sore heals. Also when putting the post in, put it WAY down in the ear. I'm not sure how your crop is but I get a good inch in the ear.

He could also be scratching because the wrappings are too tight.

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fwiw I used a thin layer of cotton gauze in the bottom of the rod to prevent irritation from tape.

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