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border57 03-27-2014 05:50 PM

Damaged Ear
My puppy is just 16 weeks old. About ten days ago he was bitten on the ear by my older GSD, and I believe that's what caused one of his ears to go down. He had his vet appointment for shots last Monday and the vet said his ear is not going to come back up.

The ear doesn't look bad, just has a crease where the ear bends, and I was honestly surprised that the vet said, nope, not coming back. And it's quite low on the ear, giving him a really lopsided look. You know what I mean. :)

Anyway, my question is, will taping/gluing some kind of support fix an ear like this over time, or are those methods only for "weak" ears that need some support while the ear strengthens, and not for ears that sustained trauma.

If anyone thinks support will gradually heal the cartilage, is there a best method? Or is my vet right?


volcano 03-27-2014 06:16 PM

16 week old pups ears go up and down. I dont think your vet knows what they are talking about.

border57 03-27-2014 06:55 PM

Thanks for the reply, Volcano. I would like to believe this pup doesn't have a problem, but he did get bitten, and the ear went down very soon after. And to me it doesn't look like a "soft" ear problem.

How long do you suggest I leave the ear alone before doing some kind of tape on it? If they go up and down, how long a time do they typically stay down while this goes on? I'm pretty anxious about it, as you can imagine.

volcano 03-27-2014 06:59 PM

Im no expert, ive heard all kinds of stuff but it seems like wives tails. maybe feed her cottage cheese or glucosamine chondritin? My pups ears were up and down based on mood alot, so if shes timid from getting bit that may keep them down.

border57 03-27-2014 08:23 PM

No, this isn't a timid dog situation. His ears were up nicely, and the ear that is down now was his first ear up. The other one was a solid week behind coming up. The other ear is still up and fine.

I'm reasonably sure the ear is down because of damage done to it. It's not a floppy top of the ear, it's down towards the base.

I'm wondering how long you let something like this go before you try a "fix".

TigervTeMar 03-27-2014 08:46 PM

hmm I agree that the vet may not know what they're saying. you should politely email german shepherd breeders and explain what happened and ask their advice. I would guess that those who show their dogs would have more experience than most vets and most GS owners, especially about ears. since their animals are graded partially on their appearance. a show dog who had one ear go down I would imagine couldn't compete anymore unless they got it up again

Liesje 03-27-2014 09:12 PM

Do you have photos?

My pup got bit on the ear when he was younger and his ear is fine. They were up at 9 weeks, then teepeed for a few weeks, then one fell sideways for a while, and now are up (he's 5 months).

mydogs 03-27-2014 09:50 PM

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Put a breathe rite strip and eyelash glue on sticky side of strip. Let it set for a minute and put it vertical in his ear where crease is. You may have to move it a few times to get it where it stands. Here's a pic Attachment 194922

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border57 03-28-2014 01:46 PM

These are photos. I took two this morning. You can see where the ear lops over, and you can see the horizontal crease where the lop over occurs about an inch above my thumb. The other picture is from three weeks ago, and you can see both ears then. Up until two weeks ago, his ears had been solidly upright until the bite occurred.

Jack looks a little concerned in this morning's picture, I've been messing with his ear and he doesn't like it. Something he's going to have to get used to, I think.

The breathe rite strip looks relatively easy, how long can it stay on? I only have two hands to do everything, and he squirms and evades pretty hard.

Is there any other recommended ways that would be better?

Thanks, everyone! This means a lot to ask and have people respond.

GatorDog 03-28-2014 01:47 PM

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Yeah that looks normal to me. I'd leave it alone and worry more around 6 months if its not up by then.

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