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Old 04-20-2014, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My boys ear started to do the teepee for a few weeks. The vet saw it and said I need to massage his ears where there hooked to his head and up all the way to the ends. She said if I don't massage them it will end up broken and stay that way? Is this really true? What I have read is you don't want to touch their ears, it can make them weak. I have know idea what I shall do, wait tell it fixes it's self or massage them so it will stand up =/ one that was standing is now to the side. But the other one still in.

He is 11 weeks.

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My boys ear started to do the teepee for a few weeks. The vet saw it and said I need to massage his ears where there hooked to his head and up all the way to the ends. She said if I don't massage them it will end up broken and stay that way? Is this really true? What I have read is you don't want to touch their ears, it can make them weak. I have know idea what I shall do, wait tell it fixes it's self or massage them so it will stand up =/ one that was standing is now to the side. But the other one still in.

He is 11 weeks.

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Handsome pup you have there!!

I have never heard a an GSD ear needing massage or else it get's broken, how experienced the vet is with GSds?? Massaging can be beneficial in certain ways i guess but the breaking thing is not true.

I am not an expert but i can say that 11 weeks is very early to ears stand on it's own. Mine started to stand when he was almost 4 months old a=or a little earlier, will need to check pics to confirm but ears not erect on 11 weeks is not an issue.

Please search ears up on the search space and you will find tons of threads

No need to worry much, just take a lots of pics of them ears, after few months you will not be able to see them in those positions even if you wanted to.

ETA: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ears-up/
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My pups were just like that at 8-10 weeks, then they totally dropped. Now at 5 months he has moments where they stand when he wants them to. However, he is standing them up more and more. I suspect some day here soon they will go up and stay.
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same here my pups ears were up 8-10 weeks and @ 11 weeks they feel haha they will be up dont worry!
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I was thinking the same thing. I don't think my vet knows a lot about gsd=), I don't either =p I think they are cute=) thanks for the replies. That's why I had to ask the experts

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I think these stages of ears are awesome. I wish people knew more about gsd. Every time I take him out, there is always someone asking "what happen to his ears?", or "poor guy he has messed up ears but he is still cute ", or they ask "how did he break them?"> it's like I have to explain every time that they are supposed to do that tell they are older. But they always look at me like "right" .

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Vet; explained calcium goes to teeth before the ears. Both up here at 17 weeks theis coming Wednesday, two front upper teeth in, ear's tilt on occasion..

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I think these stages of ears are awesome. I wish people knew more about gsd. Every time I take him out, there is always someone asking "what happen to his ears?", or "poor guy he has messed up ears but he is still cute ", or they ask "how did he break them?"> it's like I have to explain every time that they are supposed to do that tell they are older. But they always look at me like "right" .

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it is muscles and cartilage that hold them up not calcium
so much misinformation out there even from vets
give chewie toys but dont worry they will come up
dont give extra calcium at all
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"What kind of dog is he?" Me: "Labrador" **funny looks ensue**
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