* NOW, place an ample amount of glue, being sure to complete cover the ear - evenly - starting from the ~ little knob just above the canal (see illustration). ~ Wait a minute or so (NOT the 4 or 5 minutes ~ instructed on the glue), being careful not to let pup ~ shake head, or you'll glue the ear to the side of the ~ head.
* NOW, roll the base of the stay/foam
Be careful not to let the base of the stay/foam stick to the ear before you have positioned it well into the canal (as far down as you would position any other type of stay). Hold ear in the position you wish it to stand, attach the stay/foam -- securing from the bottom up, straightening edges on healing ears. Rub stay/foam to ear to make sure it is securely adhered.
Don't worry about taking stay out, they fall out by themselves in about ten days from the oil on the pup's ear. They seem to be virtually "puppy proof", as the others chew on them, etc., but they don't come out prematurely. There's no problem at all with infection or glop inside the ear canal because air can get in freely. There's no danger of taping too tight, or cuts and gouges from tape at the base. It is an incredibly safe, easy, PAINLESS method.
Be careful not to get glue on yourself -- if you do, when it dries it, it will roll off with a little effort. You might want to have some adhesive remover on hand as well (in a pinch, starter fluid with ether in it's contents will also help remove it from your hands, be careful to use in a well ventilated area!). You may wish to place newspapers on the area in which you are working to avoid the glue getting on anything important.
The first couple tapings are the hardest until you get the "feel" for it.
* Using a ruler, measure half-way
~ from backing edge to backing
.. edge (see illustration).
* NOW take a ruler and draw a
.. line diagonally from corner to
.. corner--leaving a half-inch wide
.. at top.
This method has been used five days after a litter was cropped. The ears were cared for while they were up, resulting in no crimps or curls from scar tissue on cut edges. Of course, you must be extremely careful while putting them up, but the cropped edge was easily accessible. If the puppies are newly cropped, it is easier to do with two people, but it can be done with one. Two people can do a litter of nine in less than an hour and a half -- including preparation! Sound incredible? It is -- this is the miracle method -- the "recipe" follows:
* 1 Puppy
* 1 square Dr. Scholl's Mole FOAM (not mole SKIN) per 2 pup
(available at any most drug or discount stores in the foot care section)
* Surgical glue: Skin Bond (by Smith-Nephew) is excellent
* Ruler and a Pen
Here's the "How-To's":
* Clean all the ears well--
~ Peroxide for newly cut ears,
~ Alcohol for healed ears.
* Take as many squares of Mole FOAM as needed (2 pups per square) as follows.
* Do all of one step before proceeding to the next (i.e., cut needed squares in half, then do
... next step on each stay/foam) . . . it goes faster done in steps.
* Leave the plastic backing on all FOAM until all cutting is done.
* CUT off bottom in a slight arc, this removes the "points",
.. rounding the portion to go in the bell of the ear.
* Peel off plastic backing on all stays to be used. There is
.. adhesive on the foam, but it is not sticky enough.
* Place an ample amount of GLUE on the white
.. sticky side, starting from about three fourths of an
.. inch up from ~ the bottom. Glue all stays to be
.. used, and set aside.