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10-23-2018 08:33 PM
melbrod You need to wait until his ears are completely healed with no open cut areas or even scabs. He needs to have clean, healthy-looking pink skin on the cropped area. Usually stitches get removed somewhere around 10 days after the surgery, and then it will take about a week or even a little more before his ears are to the point where they are ready to post.

They should be cropped between 7 and 12 weeks at the latest, the earlier the better in that time period. But one way or the other, you'll have plenty of time to post the puppy, so don't rush things. Waiting for a week or so after the stitches are removed so his ears can heal completely is a heck of a lot better than having to deal with infections and sore areas which will heal slowly if you start posting too early.

But if you have any more questions about posting or any other doggie thing, or stories to tell about your pup, or whatever.....go ahead and start a new thread. This thread is basically designed as a place to get information and it doesn't necessarily get read on a regular basis by most folks. Your new thread has much more likelihood of being seen and responded to.
10-23-2018 02:34 PM
addry98 It looks great! I have a question though. How soon after surgery do I need to begin ear posting? Thanks in advance!
11-28-2017 10:46 AM
cass4ken I'm going to try this method tonight, The others I've tried have not been very successful.
10-25-2017 04:03 PM
Roxxy What kind of tape is the best one, then? The athletic tape was mentioned a lot in YT tutorials; that's why I used it.

I was thinking of not wrapping the whole ear, but only the bottom, middle and top, too. However, it is my first time and I went with fully wrapped ears, just to make sure.

I will probably end up using much less tape, as I cannot stand explaining to people 25 times a day about ''what's going on with his ears''. I have also noticed that, when the ear is exposed, people just lay off the subject.
10-25-2017 03:44 PM
melbrod When you put the sticky tape on, wrap it around the ear fairly loosely and then scrunch it with your hand to make it stick to itself...that generally ensures that the tape is not on too tight.
I don’t use vet wrap. It can tighten by itself...and the stretchiness it has really can lead to you putting the tape on too tight. It is not really needed to post ears....it is just a cosmetic issue.

I don’t use much tape (only a couple of loops at top and bottom and maybe in the middle) so that a lot of the ear is exposed. Then when people glare at me, I can say that the posting just helps to make the ear stand upright. Because they can see the ear with its smooth healed edges, they are less likely to gripe about the “cruelty” of cropping ears.
10-25-2017 02:51 PM
Roxxy Thank you for posting this! It is really helpful, especially to me, as I am wrapping my doberman's ears for the first time ever. I have no practice, but I followed yours and some other tips I found on the Internet. I'm just worried about cutting off the blood circulation. I did not stretch the tape (I use the athletic tape) at all, but still... I hope I did a good job.
05-08-2017 02:36 PM
Whitequeen2017 The photos attached are not your babies are they?? this is what happens when you do not post properly right ? poor dogs
05-08-2017 02:35 PM
Whitequeen2017 I am picking up my new baby girl on the 26th of this month , I need to find a place out here by me that does the cropping process , Do you know this area at all or is there any forums that can help I am in Ventura county CA
03-28-2017 10:03 PM
jgaitan85 great posting! I just did it to my new doby (and first) and it was much better than other procedures online.
I did forget the powder ... what consequences that might have?
also, how often do you replace posting?
I have seen others doing the bridge stating that will keep the ears pointing upwards as they post. I noticed you didnt do that.
can you post picture of how gorgeous Liberty looks without the posting?
im wondering if the bridge is need it to keep them ears point to the sky
thank you so much for your steps, easy to follow, and it looks great on Rigo
01-30-2017 11:58 AM
Imhere Thank you very much. The " bumpers" idea is exactly what i needed for my giant schnauzer!
09-15-2016 11:08 AM
dobebug
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Originally Posted by MrsRose View Post
Any way possible you can do a video of this method PLEASE...
Which method are you asking about? This thread has a series of photos of the process which is probably easier to follow than a video. The very first post is the photo tutorial--for me, since I'm dial-up the pictures take a long time to load but they show the steps quite well.
09-15-2016 05:34 AM
MrsRose Any way possible you can do a video of this method PLEASE...
07-30-2016 01:18 PM
dobebug
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Yes it is the equivalent to Vet Wrap

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Sorry to tell you there are more down sides to using any of the self amalgamating tapes than there are up sides.

All of the Vet Wrap type tapes don't work well alone--mostly because they don't stick to the ear and tend to slide down/up or off AND if you put them on too tightly or don't realize that they can tighten up if stretched or if they get wet and can subequently cut off circulation in the pinna (the ear leather itself) and kill the ear.

So even if you tape the ear with Zonas or Athletic tape and then put the Vet Wrap over it it can still be a problem.

I don't do it and I don't let anyone I'm helping with ears do it.

Bite the bullet and don't use it--if you hunt hard enough you can find colored tapes that are sports tapes (low tack and breathable) in colors including black and not Vet Wrap type self amalgamating tapes BUT even the idea of using black tape on ears during the summer can creat problems since the color itself will heat up more in the sun and heat and posted ears tends to be something you need to watch all the time already.

Ignor the comments--walk away.
07-30-2016 03:27 AM
AlaGal Yes it is the equivalent to Vet Wrap

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07-29-2016 09:51 PM
4x4bike ped
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I just kinda liked the idea of adding some color since he'll be in posts for quite awhile. I may or at not actually use it. I'm still kinda undecided

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I've seen folks recently using black vet tape. They claim the get less crap from the ignorant. LOL
07-29-2016 08:26 PM
michaelxmlb
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Hi michael....

Everyone does things a bit differently. Personally, I would lose the vet wrap. It is totally unnecessary. In fact currently, a lot of folks are cutting way back on the total amount tape used in general. I still prefer J&J Zonas.

JMO

John
Portland OR
I just kinda liked the idea of adding some color since he'll be in posts for quite awhile. I may or at not actually use it. I'm still kinda undecided

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07-29-2016 07:48 PM
4x4bike ped Hi michael....

Everyone does things a bit differently. Personally, I would lose the vet wrap. It is totally unnecessary. In fact currently, a lot of folks are cutting way back on the total amount tape used in general. I still prefer J&J Zonas.

JMO

John
Portland OR
07-29-2016 06:32 PM
michaelxmlb I went and looked for the 3M Vet wrap today as I'm about to start posting my pups ears. I found this....is this basically the same thing as the 3M? I just wanna make sure



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06-16-2016 10:26 PM
reicco Just used your method thank you for posting my dog really didn't get along with this last three tapings that my vet did you get allergic reactions and just hated the taping so this time I use that money to buy all the materials did it myself and had 80% success I didn't set the base bottom end of backer rod Far enough down into the ear and should've used a little bit larger piece of backer rod to fill in the gap he's got pretty big ears. But once I got everything laid out it goes pretty quick I may have just not pay close enough attention to keeping the backer rod secure towards the bottom when I was taping it may have just easiest it's way up even though I did have the entire rod with the sticky side of the tape onto the ear. I really like the way the sticky Side is when you pull The ear all the way up on it to stick it in place the tip is nice and secure all the way to the base works very well.
06-14-2016 05:46 AM
clarissa24
ears posting

must the ears be healed before you do it.
04-30-2016 11:55 AM
Kenna_Vixon Hello, I'm having the hardest time keeping the posts in my dogs ears. She hates it and shakes and scratches until she gets them out. Sometimes its a day later and sometimes its right after I've finished. She also has pockets. I've tried cotton balls. Any suggestions? Please and thank you!
04-29-2016 08:33 AM
General Mojo
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
A dobe, of course, will hold his ears in different positions depending on how he feels, but when he is alert, his ears should stand straight up and down, with no flopping tips or tilting in toward the middle. When he runs, his ears might flop around a bit, especially at the tips--but you definitely shouldn’t see any signs of a fold or crease in his ears when he is alert.
There's definitely no fold or crease. When he was running last night, immediately after removing the posts, they were flopping a bit. But when he's alert, they're straight as arrows.

He got his ear cropped at 8 weeks, and he's 20 weeks old, so he's been posted for 12 weeks. He's lost most of his baby teeth, with only a couple of canines left. I'll watch them over the next couple of days and make sure they don't change. I'm assuming that they'll continue to firm up over time even without the posts????
04-29-2016 12:05 AM
melbrod A dobe, of course, will hold his ears in different positions depending on how he feels, but when he is alert, his ears should stand straight up and down, with no flopping tips or tilting in toward the middle. When he runs, his ears might flop around a bit, especially at the tips--but you definitely shouldn’t see any signs of a fold or crease in his ears when he is alert.
04-28-2016 10:12 PM
General Mojo
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Usually recommend keep your pup in posts past teething time at 5-6 months old. Sometimes a post job is finished earlier, but some ears only appear to be ready before that and then start to flop when the pup starts to teethe. I would resist the temptation to stop posting too early--after all the money and time you’ve spent cropping and posting, what’s a few more weeks spent posting, as opposed to a crop and flop job? Better to be safe than sorry.

Generally it’s a good idea to post them for a few weeks AFTER you think they are ready to stand on their own. You could experiment with leaving his ears unposted during the day, but at the very first sign of softness put them back up immediately. And I wouldn’t leave them unposted at night for a while yet.
So should there be absolutely no floppiness to them when they're ready?
04-17-2016 03:34 PM
melbrod Usually recommend keep your pup in posts past teething time at 5-6 months old. Sometimes a post job is finished earlier, but some ears only appear to be ready before that and then start to flop when the pup starts to teethe. I would resist the temptation to stop posting too early--after all the money and time you’ve spent cropping and posting, what’s a few more weeks spent posting, as opposed to a crop and flop job? Better to be safe than sorry.

Generally it’s a good idea to post them for a few weeks AFTER you think they are ready to stand on their own. You could experiment with leaving his ears unposted during the day, but at the very first sign of softness put them back up immediately. And I wouldn’t leave them unposted at night for a while yet.
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