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As you all know, Ronin is in the posting process of his ears....well they are starting to smell like dirty socks! PEEYEWW! Really smelly. Is this normal? He's only had this posting in for 5 days. I don't know if we should have the dressing changed take them off for now. Can anyone help me out with this? The smell is starting to turn my stomach...
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If they smell, take them down immediately! That's a sign of infection.

I'd never leave them up that long, personally. My personal standard is 3 days tops. I know others go longer but I am uncomfortable with that for this very reason.
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As you all know, Ronin is in the posting process of his ears....well they are starting to smell like dirty socks! PEEYEWW! Really smelly. Is this normal? He's only had this posting in for 5 days. I don't know if we should have the dressing changed take them off for now. Can anyone help me out with this? The smell is starting to turn my stomach...
Sounds like yeast. Damien, during his first post after his crop, had a yeast overgrowth. Our vet had us keep his ears down for a few days and to cleanse his ears twice daily with Maliseb. Since, his ears have been fine, we post for 4 days, take down, clean with alcohol/let dry, then repost. I'd definitely check with your veterinarian should the smell persist.
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As you all know, Ronin is in the posting process of his ears....well they are starting to smell like dirty socks! PEEYEWW! Really smelly. Is this normal? He's only had this posting in for 5 days. I don't know if we should have the dressing changed take them off for now. Can anyone help me out with this? The smell is starting to turn my stomach...
If the ears are smelling that bad, I'd definitely take the posts out, clean the ears and see what you've got going on in there.



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Thanks all! We have taken them off, cleaned them, and will go see our breeder tomorrow.

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Yep, smelly ears and/or overly dirty ears is most likely a sign of infection or even mites. It's a good idea to get that checked out. It's also very handy to keep a bag of cotton balls and a bottle of dog ear cleaning solution around. Every now and then clean out the ears but never farther than you can see into the ear.
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Smelly ears are signs of infection, ect. With my male I could go 5 days or so and then repost, but with my female who seems to have ears that could grow all sorts of crops in them, I have to change every 3 days to keep them clean. It is a pain, but the results are sure worth the trouble.
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We just went through that. I had no idea it could have been infection. With Storm, she had some dried blood and other dirt. Once they were cleaned and aired out for a day or so she was smelling peachy again.
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same with leroy when he had his ears done...just dired blood but after everything was done they looked really good and smelled fine
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what everyone else said! Also, after you take them down/clean them out, make sure that they are COMPLETELY dry before putting them back up!

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briggs's ears smelled only when I took the tape off...so it sounds like it is different then what you are experiencing...but smelly socks...is exactly what it smelled like....LOL
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Thanks all for your input. Since we've taken them down and cleaned them, he smells much better. We are going to our breeder today to have her show us how to do it so we don't have to run up there every 3 days or so. I can't wait until this process is over, though I know it will be worth it. Thanks again all!
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hang in there, its a chore but just think of how great they'll look when you're finished!

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We had a lady here in town that does resuce show my hubby how to post the ears. She gave my husband a couple of pointers: never put the tape on too tight - she said the uglier it looked the better the ears should NEVER smell, if they do take the posts down immediately and she told us to clean the ears out after taking the posts down and we used one of her suggestions of a doggie ear powder that is made for keeping the ears dry. That was a wonderful help and we never had any issues with infections. Good luck with the posting it will be worth it in the end.

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I would watch the ears closely, if the odor is persisting or if the ears appear red/inflamed, then I would recommend a trip to the vet to check it out.
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