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Cropping ears. Work on the standing

Cropping ears. Work on the standing

Once your Doberman completely healed edge of cropped ears, and the puppy is no longer necessary to wear the carcass and saving collar (about the way to protect the seams, we described in the previous article "Cropping ears. Keeping seams"), you may find that the baby’s ears standing upright as an adult Doberman. This is wonderful!

However, we should not deceive ourselves, the work on the ears on this, as a rule, does not end. If you leave the ears in a free position, then after some time they will "weaken" and then completely fall. And all your previous work with giving the correct position of the ears will be in vain.  So it is very important, not allowing the weakening and, especially, falling ears, proceed to the next step - setting without carcass.

There are several ways for further standing ears. In our kennel «Elegant Line» we practice, so-called "horns".

Before going into gluing ears "in horns", once again, inspect - on the ears should be no wounds, pimples or redness, docked edge should be completely healed. In no case did not proceed to the ears sticking up, if you find any of the factors listed above. Otherwise, any skin damage after a while under the plaster becomes hard to heal wounds!


So, proceed to the next step.

You will need:

  • degreaser ears (calendula alcoholate or vodka, or etc);
  • cotton or a bandage for wiping;
  • sticking plaster on a roll width of 2.5-3 cm;
  • scissors.

Carefully wipe the inside (without hair) and outer (with wool) ear surface with a cotton swab dipped in degreaser, wait until it is completely dry.

Fix the end of plaster, gluing it to the inside of the ear opposite the relief ridges. Begin wrapping the plaster around the base of ear (the direction from back to front), and the ear keep stretched vertically. When you finish the first round at the base, turn the ear in the direction from the forehead back and fix it by round with plaster. This prevents turning the ear cartilage from subsidence and formation crease.


Continue further spiral stick the plaster over the entire surface of the ear, leaving unwrapped only 1-1.5 cm of its tip. Repeat the same procedure with the second ear. If you did everything correctly, the ears will look like a vertical white horns with protruding up unwrapped tips. Now, at the bottom, connect plaster strip ears so that they are arranged vertically and parallel to each other.

 It is important to choose the right degree of tension plaster for rolling up ears.

If you tighten the plaster not enough, it will not give the necessary form ears vertically standing "horns." All wrapping quickly will slip and ears will fall. But it is much more dangerous when too tight gluing - it can press blood vessels and impair circulation.

About tight wrapping will testify swollen tips of the ears, which we allowed unwrapped in plaster. Feel ends in 20-30 minutes after the procedure, if they started to swell and thicken, remove the plaster! Wait until the swelling is completely come down and repeat the process again, but already some loosening tension.



During the healing seams puppy already used to manipulating with his ears, so he usually feel quite comfortable with the process of gluing the ears "in the horns". Even the "horns", if you did everything right, do not cause any concern to the puppy.

In 4-5 days it needs to removed gluing to give ears some air and check the condition of the skin under the plaster. For quickly removing the plaster  you don’t need to unstick his coil by coil. Take the scissors (scissors tips should not be sharp), get them into the cavity between the edges of compressed by wrapping ear and from the bottom up carefully (so as not to injure the puppy) cut the plaster. Now, holding the fur to prevent it from loosening, gently peel off the plaster.



Ears need to rest, but not for a long time and it is best to do before walk. While walking interested in different sounds and events puppy will keep ears wary and tense.

Returning from a walk, wrap the ears again, starting the process of wrapping from inspection possible damage the skin surface. If skin doesn’t have any damages or inflammations wrap the ears again by the scheme described above.

Keep plaster on ears always dry. If it's the wet weather or the rain, or your puppy played in pond and the like, the plaster may dampen or wet. It must be replaced as soon as possible, because otherwise the ears will sweat and steam, and it will lead to the formation of ulcers and wounds.




Do not tape the plaster on damage or redness on the skin. This will only aggravate the situation. However, if left ears in the free state, they can fall and completely nullify all previous work. What to do in this case?

First of all, deal damage by any disinfectant and a drying agent. If the damage is very small, assess if you will be able to apply plaster coils, leaving these areas uncovered. If yes, then wrap "horns"  and unwrap wounds to provide air access to them and be able to handle them.

If not, you can temporarily use a metal carcass or carcass made from a plastic bottle. In this case, select a bottle with small diameter, at the bottom make a soft cushion to protect the puppy's head skin from rubbing (this process is described in the article "Cropping ears. Keeping seams").

This carcass is fixing between the ears. Plaster strip glued to the inside of ears (the one usually does not have wounds) and glued to the upper ends of the bottle. Need another round of horizontal plaster that will fix a bottle on the head of a puppy. When the wound is healed, you can return to the previous scheme - setting by means of the "horns".


As a result of repeated glue and unstuck plaster puppy’s wool can become significantly rare. Do not despair, to the time when working with "horns" is completed, ears will acquire wool again.

In the process of standing ears you can use more gentle way to do "horns”, but it requires more skill. In this case you need another surgical plaster width 2.5-3 cm (we use the plaster firm Micropore). This plaster is hypoallergenic and has a low degree of stickiness, so when you remove it, it almost does not pull out wool.  Moreover, under it ears are able to "breathe" and less prone to sweat and allergic rashes.

How can this low stickiness plaster keep on ears?

Begin to act according to the scheme described above. Inspect and degrease ears. Fix the end of plaster at the base opposite the relief protrusions 3-4 mm higher than the previous version, fix it, further holding finger. 


Continue to overlay plaster on the coils of the scrolled up elongated ear.  As in the previous case left unwrapped 1-1.5 cm tip, and without clipping plaster, continue downwards to the first round of the base, spirally glue second layer. Now plaster pick off.  Then we take the usual sticky plaster,  do at the base the fixing  turn so that 3-4 mm adhesive plaster stuck on wool, lower than the first round imposed surgical tape, thus providing more reliable fixation "horns". Of the usual plaster also produce a jumper between the ears. Do not forget to check after 20-30 minutes the tip of the ear to make sure that the wound is not too tight.

Wrapped ears with surgical tape also need periodic rest. Remove it every 4-5 days and not for long leave the ears ventilated.

 

 

Gradually the time for ventilation should be increased. But once you begin to notice that the ears begin to wilt and deviate from the vertical position, they will need to roll up again immediately, without waiting until they finally fall.

When you make sure that the top of the ears in the free stand does not weaken and stands correctly and confidently, you can stop wrapping ears to the top, but only to wrap up half or only at the base.

Each puppy has individual duration of standing up ears process. Some puppies enough to do "horns" for 2-3 weeks, but sometimes you have to glue the ears for many months.

 

The duration of this process is affected by several factors:

- Competently carried out cropping ears;

- The thickness and strength of the ear cartilage, and the length of the docked ear (short cropped ears stand up easier);


- careful approach and the regular work of the owner over the correct healing and correct standing the ears;

- Ensuring puppy balanced nutrition, vitamins and mineral supplements.

Be careful during the change of teeth, during his puberty or when puppy feel unwell. Even standing firmly ears at this time may fall. You should immediately roll their up. Moreover, in this case a few days is usually enough to improve the situation.

Your responsible approach and hard work on the standing your pet's ears will certainly succeed! And all subsequent years superbly standing watchful ears of your Doberman will give the unique beauty of his head and the whole appearance.

Good luck to you!

In the article used the photos Vinnik Anna, Morozova Irina, Irina Agura.

Posed for photos Dobermans from kennel «Elegant Line»

Аuthor Lyudmila Morozova, kennel «Elegant Line»
Translation Anastasia Dovgan, kennel "Happy Stacyland"

When copying or reprinting the material reference to the site www.stacyland.at.ua required!


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