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Ears - Tips Dark Red/Purplish

Hi all - I was changing Steele's postings today and the tips of his ears are darker in color than the bottoms. I'm sure the coloring in the ears varies, and I might just be an over-protecting mom, but is this normal? I feel like I haven't noticed this the last times I've changed the posts. I tried taking a pic but it's hard to show the color. All the edges are healed up. What should I look for if there is a problem?

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are you taping all the way to the tip? tape might be too tight.
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Ditto, DR. Might be careful that the wrappings up top are too tight and blood's not getting to the ears.



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I was being extremely careful with the tape (I had 1 piece of tape at the top of the ear, right near the tip) on each ear. I was using Vet Wrap which I have now stopped using. I never pulled the wrap or made the tape too tight so I would be shocked if it was because it was too tight. But when I put the posts back up tonight I didn't use the Vet Wrap and I placed 1 piece of tape near the top of the ear but made sure it wasn't tight. I am using the tampon method which after reading through the forum seems like not the best method. I may try the backer rod method for the next posting. Should the tips be the same color as the rest of the ear?
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Besides maybe the tape being a bit tight..................
sometimes if a dog is hot or excited the blood flow increases and this could cause the tips to be 'more colorful'

Just be careful, like you are doing, and they should be fine.

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Has your vet looked at those ears yet? Looks like there's a piece coming off the tip?

Stay away from vet wrap for now. Here's a posting tutorial: https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-co...my-method.html

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Looks like a tight wrap.. I would put some powder on it to keep from rubbing and wrap more loosely.

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I have said this many times before and I know it's like a broken record....but....I do not like vet wrap....really, there is no need for it and it can only cause problems...

So glad that you are not using it now.

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Has your vet looked at those ears yet? Looks like there's a piece coming off the tip?
I think the picture looks like a piece is coming off but that's his other ear peeking through
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Thanks everyone - I will definitely not be using the Vet Wrap anymore. He has a vet appointment tomorrow for a vaccination so I will have them take a look also. It didn't look too terrible just wanted to be sure (1st time dobie owner!). Thanks again!
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oohhhh! phew....optical illusion! LOL


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I think the picture looks like a piece is coming off but that's his other ear peeking through

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Does he shake his head a lot when his ears are down between postings? That can sometimes "fling" the blood to the tips causing them to turn a darker color. I'm not a pro, but we noticed this with our girl during posting.

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I have said this many times before and I know it's like a broken record....but....I do not like vet wrap....really, there is no need for it and it can only cause problems...

So glad that you are not using it now.
Yes, vet wrap serves its purpose, used very skillfully, and for appropriate uses (of which wrapping ears would not be my choice) BUT it is very scary because so many people don't realize there is nearly no "give" to it, and they wrap too tightly.

OP, you cannot pull vet wrap into place--you must just unroll it, take that length and gently pat it into place--since it's self-adhering, where it lands is where it's gonna stay, with, as said before, not much if any, give to it.

Glad you've decided not to use it any more. Much less risk to use other methods.




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Yes, vet wrap serves its purpose, used very skillfully, and for appropriate uses (of which wrapping ears would not be my choice)
Ah....yes....I should have specified....I do not like it and it is not needed for wrapping ears. Thankyou

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Ditto on the Vetrap verrryyy easy to get too tight.
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I never wrapped any tape around the ears tightly - vet or otherwise. I found just laying the tape on the ear loosely and then sort of scrunching it on in place worked just fine. I never had a problem with getting the posts to stay in this way as long as the post itself was properly placed in the ear.

I'd definitely have your vet check out his ears, but is your breeder close enough to take a look at the ears and maybe make some helpful posting suggestions? I know it helps me if I can see something done in person and be walked through it.




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I also encountered this one before...and was glad that nothing really happened bad about the ears,i really thought that its the end for the ears to stand up that time because it really turned purple.I just rest the ears of my doberman puppy and did not tape it for 1 day for the blood circulation to go back on its own.and the next day I taped it again and made it sure that it was not that tight same as the last time that resulted it to purple in color...



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Hi - quick update. Just got back from the vet; he said the tip of the ear does look a little "worrisome" but that it's not too bad. He wants me to put a warm compress on it every night and massage it. So I will be changing the posts every night for that one ear. I am on my way now to pick up the backer rod so I can use that method instead of the tampon method.
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what was the outcome of your puppies ears?
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