How can I tell if my dogs cropped ears are healed? - Doberman Forum : Doberman Breed Dog Forums
 3Likes
  • 1 Post By 4x4bike ped
  • 1 Post By melbrod
  • 1 Post By dobebug
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-24-2020, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
Lil Pup
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 1
Dogs Name: Tell us your dogs name

Gallery Pics: 0
Visit Bibi's Gallery
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
How can I tell if my dogs cropped ears are healed?

My baby got his ears cropped May 12. Of course his ears have been posted since. I took him yesterday to his weekly retapping. The vet told me he didn’t need retapping anymore but his right ear keeps falling inward to the left & I know for sure that is not right. I took him baxk today to get them retapped but I’m starting to worry if his ear healed that way or maybe I’m being paranoid. It’s been about 6 weeks since his surgery . The crazy thing is on June 7th I took his bandages off myself & his ears were standing up perfect , I could tell they were still fresh tho. But it’s been 2 weeks since then & now his ears are leaning like they are not close to healing. If anyone could give me some advice , it would be much appreciated it.
Bibi is offline  
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 12:08 AM
Big Lil pup
 
4x4bike ped's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 5,999
Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's The Real McCoy (McCoy)
Titles: Pet of the Year
Dogs Age: DOB 9/12/14
Gallery Pics: 9
Visit 4x4bike ped's Gallery
Thanks: 16,188
Thanked 14,586 Times in 4,933 Posts
Images: 9
                     
Hi Bibi! And welcome from the Pacific NW.

You should take over posting your pup's ears yourself. Most dogs are posted at least through teething. My guess is that your boy has a long was to go.

For example, my current youngest was cropped 8 weeks. We did not begin posting until the ears were completely healed. I posted his ears until I was completely satisfied with their strength and appearance. He had just turned 8 months old. My Dobes have always been "cropped and docked"and my most recent experience is very typical of my past ones. He has an average show crop.

His ears look great. Of course, all dogs are different.

If you go to the forum section of this site, you will find wonderful advice on how to post ears.

Here is a starting point. It is a visual tutorial by member greenkouki and is, IMO, the best out there: https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...acker-rod.html

Also... An ear or ears tipping inward is usually a sign of "pocket" formation. It is a correctable situation that needs to be addressed. Here is a thread that deals with pockets: https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...-fix-them.html

Finally... And this is just my opinion. At the risk of sounding harsh, your vet is giving you bad advice and you should not be having them post your baby's ears.

I am sure others will respond to your thread.

In any case, it is really nice to have you here. You will find a lot of knowledge and support from the members.

John Lichtwardt
Portland OR
ECIN likes this.

Last edited by 4x4bike ped; 06-25-2020 at 12:15 AM.
4x4bike ped is offline  
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to 4x4bike ped For This Useful Post:
dobegal (06-25-2020), ECIN (06-25-2020), falnfenix (06-25-2020), greenkouki (06-25-2020), melbrod (06-25-2020), VZ-Doberman (06-25-2020)
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 12:15 AM
Eschew Prolixity
 
melbrod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 24,014
Location: Colorado
Dogs Name: Ori AKA Harold DogDog (Hairy Dog), RIP Caesar, Katana, Kip, Capri
Titles: DogDog Mouthe Extraordinaire; Kip Mr. Behavior; Capri Mis-Behavior
Dogs Age: DogDog 3 yrs?; RIP Kip 11 yrs; Capri 7 yrs; Katana 9 yrs; Caesar 13 yrs
Gallery Pics: 6
Visit melbrod's Gallery
Thanks: 80,571
Thanked 65,508 Times in 19,740 Posts
Images: 6
                     
Click here to find out how melbrod became a supporter
They should be "healed" already--in that he shouldn't have any open sores or scabs on his ears. He should have smooth healthy skin on the edges of his ears where they were cropped.

But it sounds to me like you are really talking about how you can tell when his ears have stiffened up enough to stand on their own for the rest of his life--in other words, when can you stop posting?

What method are you using? We have a good method here that a lot of us use:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...acker-rod.html

If you can post pictures of your posting job from the front and the side of your pup's head, we can probably give you some hints if you need to change the way you are taping his ears.



A dobe's ears almost always have to be posted at least until he is done teething--say until he is about 6 months old. Some dobes have to be posted a lot longer--it depends on the shape and length of the dogs crop in addition to how thick the cartilage of his ears is naturally. It sounds like your baby is only about 4 months old? So you have a ways to go still.

If his ears are leaning in that likely means that he has developed pockets where his ears join the top of his head.


Pockets will make the tips of his ears slant inwards like this /_\ Those will need to be corrected before you can even think of stopping posting. Check out the tutorial above to get an idea of how you need to tape his ears to get rid of the pockets. And then ask questions here Because it isn't necessarily obvious how to post the first few times you try.

You really should learn to post his ears yourself. Most vets don't do a particularly good job posting ears. If his posts are only being changed once a week, that alone is a sign that he is not being posted correctly. And if the vet is telling you they don't need to be posted when your puppy is still too young, he is likely quite wrong (or your pup's crop is very short.) It's not that hard to learn how to post ears--and once you know how, you will be able to fix any problems that might show up, or fine tune the posting job immediately instead of waiting for your next appt.

The general procedure is to post his ears for 3-5 days (usually closer to three), then take them down, clean them up a little, let them dry out, and put them back up immediately. He should not be out of posts for more than about 30 minutes max. Resist the temptation to take them down at this point and leave them untaped while you wait to see if they will stand properly.

It is better to post for a few more weeks after you think his ears are completely done. You've put a lot of work and money into them so far--don't risk an eventual crop and flop by stopping too soon.

At some point, what you will do to see if his ears are "done" is to stop posting his ears one morning and keep an eagle eye on them. They should stand perfectly before you quit posting, and if there is ANY sign that they are starting to sag when he is alert and holding his ears upright, he will need to go back into posts right away for another few weeks. He is definitely not done if you are seeing his ears sag or tip inward--that will only get worse the longer he is out of posts, and at some point, you won't be able to correct them.


It looks like John beat me to it with his post above--I'm saying much the same thing he does--which means he's right
ECIN likes this.

Last edited by melbrod; 06-25-2020 at 12:24 AM.
melbrod is offline  
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to melbrod For This Useful Post:
4x4bike ped (06-25-2020), ECIN (06-25-2020), falnfenix (06-25-2020)
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 10:39 AM
Alpha
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 8,981

Gallery Pics: 0
Visit dobebug's Gallery
Thanks: 14,781
Thanked 29,077 Times in 7,156 Posts
                     
John and Melbrod beat me to a reply this time.

Good advice from both of them. And I echo Mel when I say that I think you are not really asking if his ears are healed but rather if his ears are (or when will they be) stiff enough and posted long enough for them to stand properly on their own.

Reread Mel's review of what happens when it comes to posting ears and what to look for.

I am presently posting ears on a just turned year old puppy--he was recently rehomed and my guess is that his prior owners stopped posting his ears way too soon. Now they are a right mess. And I'm at this point posting them every four days. They are looking better but we've got a long way to go before they actually are standing properly and I suspect that one ear will never stand as well as it would have if the posting been continued when he was many months younger.

Now he's stuck with me reposting him regularly and there isn't much that's harder to do than convince an older puppy who has been out of posts for weeks to months like this guy to leave the posts alone and stop trying to remove them. Puppies who have been posted from the times their ears were first healed to when they were really finished and standing (at six months or more generally) are infinitely easier.

So the bottom line is keep posting them and learn to do it yourself.

dobebug
ECIN likes this.
dobebug is online now  
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to dobebug For This Useful Post:
4x4bike ped (06-25-2020), ECIN (06-25-2020), melbrod (06-25-2020)
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Doberman Forum : Doberman Breed Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome