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Ear posting 7 month old - Help

We adopted a 7 month old that has a show crop. His ears where wrapped when we took him. I don't know the history of his cropping, when it was done, etc. But when I took the posts off he had a few minor sores at the base of one of the posts that are not healing. We left them unposted a couple times for 1-3 days with hopes that the sores would start to heal. The last time I tried reposting and placing non-stick bandages on the sores and left posted for 3 days took off and the sores continue to ooze. I am watching them very carefully. I have him on Cipro which keep on hand for my girl when she gets skin/bacteria infection. I'm hoping this will help. I realize that it may be best to leave them alone unposted but at his age will his ear now be ruined if I don't keep posting them sooner than later. Should I leave them alone for a good 1-2 weeks to heal then start all over? Or continue to carefully monitor and keep trying different methods of posting. Seems there are so many suggestions or ways for posting. I currently was using the backer rod and minimal tape but even then the irritated spots are not good. We got our girl when she was 9 weeks and she came with ears cropped and the breeder taught me how to change them out and I managed her crop process with no problems and she has beautiful ears going on 4 years now. But with our boy being older I want to do what is in his best interest. I don't necessarily care how he looks. I would love to see his ears standing but I don't want to take any chances and cause him any pain. I can send pictures if need be. I just want to know what I can do? Any suggestions? Help. Worried Mom
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If the bases are pretty firm I would suggest doing half posts using backer rod. Can you post some photos of how they are posted and the sores?
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Hi Pam... And welcome fromthe Pacific NW.

With sores at the base of the post, I would do a vet visit and ask your pup's vet about two medicines that usually do a very good job of speeding up the healing process in infected ears.

The first is Otomax. Here is a link to an ad that gives a description of the ointment and the issues it addresses:

It is only available by prescription.

The other product that I would ask your vet about is Phytovet Ket Flush:


It also requires a prescription. Between those two meds, I've always been able to nip any early infection, due to sores from posting, in the bud.

So... Hopefully this will help.

BTW. Ket flush is a wash/cleaner, while Otomax is an ointment with which you can put a few drops on a small bit of cotton or the like at the bottom of the post where it touches the base.

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Are the ears standing at all? Could you put up some pictures--front view unposted, side view unposted. And a close up of the oozy spots themselves.

Has your vet seen those spots? My concern would be that they are actually infected areas and that whatever is causing the infection is resistant to cipro.

So I'd be inclined to get my vet to do is to get a test on the ooze to see what is causing it and see what should be used to stop the infection. If it means several weeks out of post (and that can happen) I'd do that. Is this showing up in both ears or only just one.

When you adopted him was this already happening.

I think you are going to need to get to the bottom of the problem, treat that and heal the spots before you are going to be able to post his ears like they should be posted but if even the bases are standing at this point you probably can get them to stand properly if you can get what is probably an infection clear up.

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You really need to see a vet. I don't think you should be treating him with antibiotics on your own.

I'd stop posting until you get the sores addressed. His ears can still stand.

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