This morning Nola and I took the tape off her ears. Holmes wanted to help — so much that he had to be crated. For those who taped the way I did, here’s how I remove the tape and moleskin.
Removing the tape and moleskin requires treats. (Thanks to Tracy at Four Paws Barkery, I have lots of Liver Lips which definitely sooth the savage beast.) I cut up the center of the princess crown between the ears. I find an edge of the top piece of tape and begin to work it loose. I gently peel it away from the tape layer below it. After a week (which is how long it’s been), the sticky part of the tape has dried a bit, and it can be slowly peeled away from the ear. I work the layers off one at a time. Sometimes I make another cut or two up the tape from the bottom being really, really careful not to crop my puppy’s ears. When the tape is off and I’m down to the hair roller and moleskin, I hold my thumb against the moleskin and my forefinger against the back of the ear to pull off the roller. I find the moleskin has begun to loosen around the edges, so I gently work it off the inside of the ear. If any spots are still thoroughly stuck, I wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover and wipe along the stuck side of the moleskin and the ear until it it loosens. I work my way up the ear until I can remove the moleskin.
There will still be some adhesive residue which comes off easily with the nail polish remover.
I put the puppy down, let her shake her head and cavort around — then I offer her a Liver Lip.
Let’s see how her ears are by tomorrow morning. If they need to be re-taped, we’ll do that. If they are up, but a little floppy, I’ll put a Breathe Rite strip on the outside back of the floppy ear(s). I think our little Nola looks a lot like a Cardigan Welsh Corgi this morning — though I do sort of miss that beautiful turquoise princess crown.