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Old 03-12-2014, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 6 month old who seems to be having ear issues and I'm starting to get concerned. We've posted them a couple times but she kept getting blisters after only 24 hours. I know what I'm doing when I post them as I did the same for my doberman. The tips are the only thing not standing. She had some health issues when she was younger but those are taken care of now. She take calcium tablets everyday as well. Please any advise. Also im a newbie to this forum so be nice please.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what food is she on?
if a good brand you should not be adding calcium to her diet
did you purchase kara from a breeder or rescue her?
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Zazzle's ear tips bent backwards. They had been taped up by the breeder but the hair rollers were too low and missed the tips.

You can see the reverse bend...after the tape and rollers were removed.


I just got some 1 in. wide medical paper tape and put a piece about 3 inches long inside each ear. It lasted about three days and straightened them right up. Just to make sure about a week later I did it again.
Similar to what this guy did but on the inside, maybe on the outside for your dog?

Zazzle's ears are very flimsy but they seem to be standing well now.

She will be 5 months old in a week and still has her baby teeth.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Lots of good chewing things like raw knuckle bones (top of the femur I think). I wouldn't add calcium but maybe try some gelatin and yogurt every once in a bit with the feedings.

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Thanks for all the replies so far. I bought her from a breeder and apparently bot a good one. She was local and she sales mainly for k9 dogs, therapy, and search and rescue. I bought her as a companion. I had a euro dobe I was training for schutzhund but I became a single parent and didn't have time to work with him like he needed. Now this shepherd I bought from this lady has had problems from the get go. After spending over $1k to figure out what was wrong we finally found out it was ecoli. Thats fixed and everything else has been fine except these dang ears. I've done a lot of research and one suggestion from leerburg was calcium tablets to build strength. I've taped them up but she doesnt quit messing with them causing it to rub blisters inside her ears. Weve tried breath right strips but those dont stay in long with her. I currently feed her Purina puppy chow. Thats fixing to change because I think she has a allergic reaction to it. She constantly chews on herself. So as you can see I'm having a little difficulty with this particular gsd. I love her and want to do everything I can because she is one of the family. Is it too late for these ears to fix themselves?
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the breeder sells dogs to the police? do u have a pedigree or pics of parents?
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I feel your pain! I still worry about my 11 month old's unpredictable ears! Breathe rite strips didn't work for us either - I switched to these:

http://www.dogsportgear.com/RedLine-...rts_p_171.html

I cut them down a bit, but once they are in and the glue dries (I use osto-bond, then walk the dog immediately after putting the inserts in to distract him while the glue dries) they stay in for about a week and he doesn't fuss with them!

After about 2 months, ears are much improved.

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Like Summer said, give knuckle bones to chew on. I wouldn't add calcium, she just needs to strengthen those muscles. You can tie a knot in a washcloth, get it wet and freeze it and let her chew on that (supervised, don't leave her alone with it). I froze whole carrots and gave them to Stosh- the shape can get into those hard to reach spots. You can make kissy noises so she will pick up her ears. Try not to stress out about it, she's just a baby!
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No pedigree but I do have some pics of parents. Dad is 117lbs (white) and mom is 75lbs. I wasnt looking for great quality as I was only looking for a companion. I went all out on my dobie.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Mom and dad again
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