Originally Posted by Kyra4414
Hey guys, I have a 12 year old female sable gsd and my wife and I just brought home a new black/tan saddle back gsd...she's 4.5 months old now and doing great. However, this week her left ear went down! They were both up and going strong for probably 3 weeks then all of a sudden that stubborn left ear went down...I don't see or smell anything in her ear and she doesn't scratch it any more then normal...I've forgotten about the puppy teething "ear dance" because of how old my other baby is...anyone just get through this that could help me out? Is it just normal "ear dancing" due to cutting teeth? Any help would be great and I'm sorry if I'm being redundant... Thanks Vinny!
KYRA - 4.5 month old black/ran saddleback GSD
LEXI - 12 year old sable GSD
Yep, my guess is teething.
Here are a couple of things you can do to strengthen puppy’s ears.
1. Ear Exercise: Whistle or make a sound that will “perk up” the dogs ears. Do this about 30 times per day.
2. Give them large raw bones: There are 150 muscles in the jaw that when exercised strengthen the ears due to the knowing, tugging and chewing the bone. Introduce at shout intervals as the rich marrow material or bone fragments could cause diarrhea.
3. Feed skinless chicken necks as part of their meal. It has naturally occurring calcium.
4. Gently pinch the base of the ears together and massage the base without bending the upper ear.
5. Unflavored Gelatin powder: Sprinkle on 2 Tablespoons per feeding. This is found by the “Jello” in the grocery store. It is made from animal collagen. The brand name is Knox Unflavored Gelatin or Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin.
Hope this helps!