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Ear posting issue (small scab/cut at base)

Hi there, I got Luna's ears cropped 4 weeks ago and the vet left her ears down with a cone with no posting for 2 weeks ro let the stitches heal. I went back to get her ears posted and noticed he did a very poor job afterwards. After spending many hours watching doberman ear posting videos i did it myself last night and it looks much better. However I didnt put the cone on again. I noticed that the base of her left ear where one of the stitches was is now swollen and a little bit bleeding from her constantly itching it. I know I have to wrap the base stronger so she cant itch it upwards. My question is... should I do that right away or should i put on a cone and let the ear heal? or should i put on a cone and wrap it? is there anything i should apply to let the area heal up faster? Also is there a way to minimize her itching herself
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You don't even want to try to put a cone back on--if you think posting is difficult putting cones on a wide awake puppy and get them on correctly so they actually stay can e done but you'd better have some experience before you start trying to do that.

An unhealed spot on a area of an ear edge should probably not be posted. Sometimes you can tape around an raw spot but what you've described--at the base isn't one of the places you can generally do that. Either leave the ear with the wound unposted or post it and don't tape over the raw spot and use an Elizabethan collar (not something I generally recommend) so that she can't scratch at the spot.

Personally I'd stop posting, period, until that spot is healed--I've been posting ears since
1959 and way back ears were often not put up on a cone (that was really the best thing that anyone ever thought of). Ears were cropped and allowed to hang until the sutures were removed AND all of the cropped edge was entirely healed--not scabs or raw spots or they were taped across the top of the head and retaped as necessary until they were completely healed.

Dogs who keep scratching after posting usually have one of two or both things that weren't don't quite right. You need to make sure the post is small enough to fit all te way down in the ear base (you can't get it too far in because the canal takes a right turn before it reaches the ear drum. Make sure that you have the entire length of the post back taped (sticky side out) AND when you start posting be sure you start the tape as far down as you can on the back taped post--bring the tape up toward the topskull folding the little loose piece of skin back against the ear--around the ear and then using one finger to push the back of the ear forward a little dead end that piece of tape where it started. Take another short piece of tape and do the same thing. And a third time if necessary--securing the bottom of the post helps stabilizing the whole thing and you'll get a lot less scratching.

Also you should, if you haven't already, look at the sticky video in the Ears Forum. It's by GreenKouki and one of the best step by step descriptions of how to successfully post ears.

You probably don't need to tape tighter (and you don't need stickier tape)--those things aren't what does the job better--the basic technique is where error occurs and can creat rub spots. Or make the dog scratch, rub and otherwise try to get the posts out.

There isn't really any good way to accelerate healing. At most applying a triple antibiotic ointment and leaving the area unposted are about all you can do. But most unhealed areas heal up pretty fast--don't pick at scabs, just let them fall off and THEN repost.

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