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[background] Beau arrived here Saturday around 3pm. Apparently, his ears were taken out of the cup (fez) on Friday evening and posted for the first time. He has been scratching a bit but nothing excessive since yesterday morning and he loves to have the base of his ears gently scratched (but what dog doesn’t?).

Last night around 11:30 I noticed an odor coming from his ears. They aren’t hot to the touch and his appetite and capacity to play are unchanged (still high). I have a new puppy wellcheck scheduled for tomorrow morning (11am eastern).

[question] Is it too early to change the posts? By my count they have been in less than 72 hours +/-. My thought is that we’d unwrap them at the vet to ensure there is no infection and get a baseline established on the overall ear health.....OR should I unwrap them now? I appreciate any advice, feedback, or two cents. Thank you!

In other news, he gave me 2 3-hour blocks of uninterrupted sleep last night, which was amazing and has had more successes than failures on the housebreaking front. I am working on the crating aspect and he is currently in there sleeping with the door open. Baby steps.

And, if you needed a laugh this morning.....I got the ‘goose’ of a lifetime last night. :2surprise: He has discovered that if he tries hard enough, he can nip me in the bum. My Boxers, when they were pups and tall enough, would grab the hem of my cut-off shorts and play tug but never did they get me like that! That’s what I get for being short with a medium large breed. :grin2:

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I rely on my nose a lot when I'm posting especially the first several times--if they smell like anything other than warm puppy and tape I take them down, clean them, let them dry and examine them for anything that looks like infection.

Ear wax stuck to the bottom of the post often looks icky--anything from dark brown to almost black but if it doesn't smell after being cleaned it's just ear wax.

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And, if you needed a laugh this morning.....I got the ‘goose’ of a lifetime last night. :2surprise: He has discovered that if he tries hard enough, he can nip me in the bum. My Boxers, when they were pups and tall enough, would grab the hem of my cut-off shorts and play tug but never did they get me like that! That’s what I get for being short with a medium large breed. :grin2:

They don't call them doberman "pinchers" for nothing.


I love the wrinkled face and big fat feet stage. Cute!
 

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Thanks for the advice!!
I took the posts down and cleaned his ears. It was one of the worst smells I’ve ever encountered - imagine a dead mouse in a city dumpster in Phoenix in July. 🤮 After they were clean there was no smell whatsoever and the ear leather was pink and cool to the touch. Here is my first attempt at posting. My word, it was oddly nerve-wracking and I was on pins and needles and so jumpy (which is not me). Beau handled it like a champ and slept through most of it. Amazon lied about the UniSolve being available and then, canceled the order so I made do with baby oil and then, alcohol. I did use Caldense powder, as well.

I can’t imagine they would be that foul after 3 1/2 days but you experts can tell me. Anyway, please PLEASE provide your opinion - do they look too deep seated in his ears? Should I brace? All comments are welcome. Thanks, again!

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Thanks for the advice!!
I took the posts down and cleaned his ears. It was one of the worst smells I’ve ever encountered - imagine a dead mouse in a city dumpster in Phoenix in July. 🤮 After they were clean there was no smell whatsoever and the ear leather was pink and cool to the touch. Here is my first attempt at posting. My word, it was oddly nerve-wracking and I was on pins and needles and so jumpy (which is not me). Beau handled it like a champ and slept through most of it. Amazon lied about the UniSolve being available and then, canceled the order so I made do with baby oil and then, alcohol. I did use Caldense powder, as well.

I can’t imagine they would be that foul after 3 1/2 days but you experts can tell me. Anyway, please PLEASE provide your opinion - do they look too deep seated in his ears? Should I brace? All comments are welcome. Thanks, again!
You know--I should have also told you that the very first posting there is sometimes still dried blood (from the cropping) in the ear canal--if it doesn't get cleaned out completely before the ear gets posted just normal body secretions--plus ear wax will soften the old yuck blood and it will STINK--I'd bet that's what happened and why it was so stinky but cleaned up perfectly.

Congrats you are now an expert.

Another place that has a reasonable price on UniSolve (and where I got it the last time I ordered it) was Walmart. They do not stock it in the stores and it ships direct from a wholesaler of medical supplies--I ordered three bottles because that got me free freight. They quoted me 12 days for it to get to me--I had it the next day--the place it ships from is in southwest Washington state and I'm in Portland, Oregon.

I mostly don't brace--I might use a brace on a puppy who was cropped young--7 weeks--and who had a really long show crop but even then I'd only put in a brace for maybe the first three postings--and if you do put in a brace--remember it should really go in right on the top of the puppies head--I'm always horrified when I see people putting a brace half way up the post or the one I saw a picture of just recently--at the very tip top of the ears. Great way for the puppy to get caught on something and seriously hurt himself. He won't pulls his ears off but something like hurts and it sure makes them cry.

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PS The posting looks fine.

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@doebug, thank you! I’ll order from WalMart tonight. I braced yesterday to try it and I think I got it placed properly but do tell me. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Qa6svrsp2DG9oDQf7
I’ll brace tomorrow for a bit.
I really appreciate your time and comments!
 

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Good afternoon!
Update from the vet visit today. Beau had his initial exam as part of the breeder contract. Overall he is healthy. He did get an antibiotic for his ears. One is pink and healthy the other is mostly healthy but there is some seepage and crustiness going on at the outside edge of the bell. He fussed a lot with his ears in the night (rubbing his face on his bed and scratching at the air just behind his ears) so hopefully that will help.

He was a calm, super good boy on the way, while there, and on the way home.
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Thanks again for all your advice!
 
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