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3 things...

Hi,

Firstly, I am having a hell of a time getting posts to stay far enough in my puppies ears. I am afraid when they pop out they will get caught on something and she will get hurt. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Second, does anyone have any experience with Darwins pet food delivery service? Any insight into dog food for a 12/13 week old puppy would be great. I am just not feeling the kibble these days.

Last but not least... best insurances for Dobermans?

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Never did self posting myself but didn't like an episode with an unknown vet.

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What method are you using for posting? Depending on the method, there might be different suggestions for how to better get them to stay in. There are also options for posting that do not require being posted in the base, however, the success of those methods can greatly depend on the stage the ears are in.

I used Darwin's for several years. What are your questions about it? If its just how much or what to feed a 12-13 week old pup, I would recommend contacting Darwin's directly and asking them. They're pretty helpful in determining how much you should order and how often it should ship.

As far as best health insurance for Dobes, that can vary quite a bit depending on the state and region in which you live. Coverage might be different between states and so can pricing, which is often calculated based on average cost of veterinary care in your area.

For instance, I live in Missouri and have my Dobe pup insured with Embrace. A friend who lives in Oregon and also recently got a puppy received a quote from them for four times the cost of what I pay for the exact same policy.

What I did when I was insurance shopping is I created a comprehensive spreadsheet that detailed the coverage limits (annual, lifetime, per incident; hereditary, congenital, accident/injury, illness), waiting periods, premiums, deductibles, reimbursement rates, etc. Then I got quotes from every company I could find. Then I could easily scroll through my spreadsheet and compare them to each other and determine what would be the best match for what I expected.

I did it for my Rat Terrier and again when I got my Dobe pup because the breed can also make a huge difference in what's covered and pricing. So, my dogs are actually insured with different companies because breed can matter so much.



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Posts popping out of a pup's ears is a common problem. I went back and dug up this post by Dobebug (one of our forum guru's) with some hints to help you deal with popping posts. (I highlighted in red the extra important parts, but the entire post is definitely worth reading.)

And yes, like SP said, PICTURES!!

Mostly of your pup's cuteness, but if you want some extra advice about your posting job, including a picture of your pup's ears with/without posts from both the side and the front might help us give you some tips.

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You are backtaping the posts so the post is covered with Zonas (or Sport Tape) both by Johnson and Johnson--with the sticky side out? Make sure the post material (backer rod or pipe insualtion) is small enough to go all the way to the bottom of the ear canal. Us a little bit of cotton to pad the very end of the post (and use scissors to taper it to a blunt point) and when you put it in the ear twist it a little while you are pushing down on the post and pulling up on the ear. Have several strips of tape pre cut that will wrap around the base of the. ear. Once you have pushed the post all the way down into the ear canal (you can't push it too far--the ear canal take a right angle turn before it gets to the ear drum). Press the taped post to the ear. While still holding it in place start your first wrap of tape as far down on the post as you can--you will then angle it up toward the skull wraping it around and pressing down the little flap of skin where the ear attaches to the head. wrap the tape around the ear and use one finger to press the back of the ear TOWARD the front of the ear--you can see that this reduces the gap between the front and back of the ear and generally prevents a dog from shaking or scratching and allowing the post to pop out of the ear canal.--bring the tape around and down to meet the spot where you started taping.

That's the first wrap. Put two or three more wraps on this way--each on will be a little higher than the first. When you have the base securely taped this way you can then just loosey wrap the rest of the ear in tape. Make sure your posts are long enough to extend beyond the tip of the ear so that the tip is securely taped. Then use your hand to 'scrunch' the tape so that it firmly holds the post in place. Brace or not--I don't brace puppies after the first few times they are posted. Some people always use a brace--your choice but if you brace remember it should be as close to the top of the head a possible.

And finally while you are posting ears you really want them to tip out at 10 x 2 (like clock hands) This will prevent pockets for the most part.

If you have any question about what I'm describing--either I or one of the many eople
who have posted ears like this will try to clarify.

Good luck.

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I just switched to cardboard tampons thinking that would help... and in one ear it did. Reading that post you shared I think I may not be putting them in at the right angle... I shall try that tonight.

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I wanted to make sure Darwins was good (great) quality and nutritionally complete or if I needed to add anything. I want to transition to raw sooner rather than later if it is the best thing to do. I do not have the time to shop and prep all those fancy IG raw meals I see though.... That may be a little selfish, but it is the truth.
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Please don’t judge the first picture... that picture was sent to me the day she was “rescued”... she is always seat belted with me. The next picture was yesterday. 8 weeks vs 12 weeks.
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She's very cute. I bet she didn't stay in that laundry basket very long though. LOL
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She is very tolerant of me for pictures... I have taken that same picture once a week so far.
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That sounds like a fun place to get those "watch me grow" pictures. I can just see her overflowing the basket when she's grown.
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Whoa Mel,

Thanks for digging up that post of mine on the problem of post popping out. I was thinking I would have to write the same thing (which I've done a zillion times)

I'll just add that I'm not crazy about using the tampon tubes for posting--they are often enough just a little too big to get all the way into the ear base and end up popping out really easily.

But good luck on the posting and if you haven't looked at the very good video on posting that is a sticky on the puppy forum I think--and is very well done and self explanatory

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This is the holy grail of ear posting tutorials.
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TN is referring to this one, which is great--except for it endorsing using vet wrap...which can cause major problems in the hands of the inexperienced poster. That step is can be omitted, and probably should be by most people.
https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...my-method.html


And there's another on our forum showing the same method. It adds zip ties to the process, to help straighten the posts--which is particularly helpful in puppies with those long show crops, which may not be necessary for the average ordinary crop.
https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...cker-rod.html:

Anyway, it's not that hard to learn to post ears properly, though I can guarantee that you WILL feel awkward and all thumbs at first. But it is definitely worth it.
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