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Callie had sutures removed on Monday. We were supposed to remove the cup Saturday, then take her back for posting on Monday.

But today she got a paw under the cup and yanked it off, taking some war fur with it. We’re just letting the air get to them for now. What else should we do? Will this cause issues with her ears posting?
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Let them hang. It will not make any difference when it comes to posting and getting her ears to stand.

Let them heal completely--no scabs at all, start posting when ears inside and out are both completely healed.

Here's some unsolicited advice. I'd highly recommend learning to post them yourself. No one will ever have the vested interest that you will have in learning to post properly and get the ear posted properly and until they are standing as they should.

Excellent instruction (pictoral) in puppy sub section Cropping and Posting--on how to post with backer rod. Also instructions on what supplies to buy for both posting and for removing posts. There will come times when the vet office will be closed and the puppy fell into a pool or ran through the sprinkler--soaking the posts--and you need to take them down and change them. Or he pulled one out. Or on a Sunday morning you can smell that something is wrong--an infection? Then you will wish you had learned how to post those ears.

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Hi J-B.. Welcome from the Pacific NW

So... Everything dobebug said. She is an expert on posting.

Those ears will probably not be ready to post by Monday. I would not let the vet post them. Definitely learn to post yourself. Here is the excellent visual tutorial put together by member greenkouki, that dobebug referred to:
How to: Posting Show Cropped Ears Using Backer Rod

Here is another about correctly removing tape and posts:
How to: Gently Remove Ear Posts

My suggestion would be to carefully read these two discussions and purchase the necessary supplies. When you feel Callie's ears are ready to begin posting, come back with another pic and then one of your initial attempts at posting. That way you can get some constructive critiques on you work.

The idea of posting may seem daunting at first, but it will very quickly. become "old hat" to both you and Callie.

A few more things that might make your first few go arounds a bit easier.
-Start getting Callie used to you gently handling her ears. Do it often, in a positive way using praise and treats
-Pick a place and position to post and get her used to it. Some folks like to put the puppy on a table. I prefer to sit on a chair with the pup between my legs, facing away
-Post when she is tired. A worn out pup is a lot easier to deal with than a hyped out fully rested critter.
-Have a helper. At least to start. One person holds, soothes and rewards the pup. The other one does the posting.
-Most of all, be calm and positive. You want this to be a good experience for Callie. This is where she will learn that having hands put on her in a gentle and caring manner is nothing to fear. In fact, it is something to look forward to.

Finally, there will always be someone here on DT to give you advice and/or support, if you have any questions or concerns.

Best to you and Callie

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Thank you for the links and the advice. This morning they are already looking much better but I agree that the scabbing won’t be fully healed by Monday. Our concern was how long before posting needed to happen but it seems that an extra few days isn’t going to make/break it.
 

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Let them hang. It will not make any difference when it comes to posting and getting her ears to stand.

Let them heal completely--no scabs at all, start posting when ears inside and out are both completely healed.

Here's some unsolicited advice. I'd highly recommend learning to post them yourself. No one will ever have the vested interest that you will have in learning to post properly and get the ear posted properly and until they are standing as they should.

Excellent instruction (pictoral) in puppy sub section Cropping and Posting--on how to post with backer rod. Also instructions on what supplies to buy for both posting and for removing posts. There will come times when the vet office will be closed and the puppy fell into a pool or ran through the sprinkler--soaking the posts--and you need to take them down and change them. Or he pulled one out. Or on a Sunday morning you can smell that something is wrong--an infection? Then you will wish you had learned how to post those ears.

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As Monday approaches, we still see some scabs on her ears that haven’t fallen off yet. We’re not messing with them at all, wanted to let them fall off on their own. Is there a certain point post cropping that we should be concerned that we are not posting yet? Like is the whole crop ruined bc of the damage done if we have to wait another week? She will be 12 weeks in a few days.
 

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You've got time--sometimes pups aren't even cropped until 12 weeks old (a little late but still OK.) They would still have 3 weeks (or more) of healing to go through before they can be posted. And you're almost ready right now.

If you post too soon and the pup gets an infection, she will have even more down time while the infection heals. Hang in there.
 

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Hi J-B

As melbrod said, you have plenty of time. The absolutely worst thing that you could do would be to start posting before the ear is 100% healed. The skin should look pink and healthy.

Ears can finish at different rates, depending on a number of factors. The only thing that you have absolute control over is proper technique. Using the provided tutorial, plus having available help here at anytime, will insure that.

BTW... 12-13 weeks is a somewhat common time to begin posting. That is about when our last two boys ears were first put up. No problem. And they both have pretty long crops.

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Waiting won't have any particular effect on getting her ears to stand as Melbod^^^explained. But posting over unhealed areas-even small scabs definitly can cause an infection to get going (you just really don't want to cut off air by putting a bunch of tape over unhealed spots. So grit your teeth and call and tell the vet office that she's still got too many scabs to post and if you are going to have them do the first (or even all the posting) post make the appointment for several days down the line

And if they say that a few scabs won't make any different run quickly away and resolve to do it yourself so you know it's done right and no one is taping over scabs.

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Hi J-B

As melbrod said, you have plenty of time. The absolutely worst thing that you could do would be to start posting before the ear is 100% healed. The skin should look pink and healthy.

Ears can finish at different rates, depending on a number of factors. The only thing that you have absolute control over is proper technique. Using the provided tutorial, plus having available help here at anytime, will insure that.

BTW... 12-13 weeks is a somewhat common time to begin posting. That is about when our last two boys ears were first put up. No problem. And they both have pretty long crops.

John L.
Portland OR
Thanks for the reassurance all. It’s our first time and the breeder has not been much help unfortunately. The vet has made it seem like no big deal but I guess we’re just worrying too much lol
 
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