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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-22-2016, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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16 weeks and only one ear up

We have a 16 week old registered WGSL that we purchased at 8 weeks old and only one ear is up. The one ear that's up has been up for 2-3 weeks but the only we have only seen the other one up a couple times and that was for a minute or less. We spoke to vet and she said it will likely be up as there is no damage seen but she will glue it at 20 weeks if it's still down.

Both parents, grand parents, great grand parents, etc... have strong ears so I know it's not genetic. He has plenty to chew on and we are giving him cottage cheese and premium food. Any thoughts?
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If he gets a good quality food he doesn't need cottage cheese. It will throw off the nutritional balance and it also contains a lot of salt. Maybe others can chime in with ideas. Until pups are done teething, the ears can take on many different identities. What does your breeder say?
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If he gets a good quality food he doesn't need cottage cheese. It will throw off the nutritional balance and it also contains a lot of salt. Maybe others can chime in with ideas. Until pups are done teething, the ears can take on many different identities. What does your breeder say?
The breeder says wait until teething is done (5-6) months. What is concerning to me is that one ear has been up solid for weeks but the other has only been up 2-3 times for less than a couple of minutes. The vet wants to glue mole skin at 5 months.
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Chewing is the best thing for helping the ears stand.I laughed at wolfy's comment about identities They normally are up within a week or two after teething is done.If not, let the vet glue.All of my shepherds in the past ears have gone up between 20-24 weeks.

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16 weeks is too early to worry. The bigger the dog, the longer it takes for ears to come up. I know it can be a bit worrisome if one is up and the other is not. I've been there too. But it really is normal, not a defect. Even taking weeks or months while one is up and the other down is really normal. Especially if the ear has come up even for a few moments now and then, that's a very good sign. Give a nice marrowbone for chewing if you want to give the jaw muscles more of a workout, but the best thing to do is take lots of pictures of the adorable one ear up one ear down stage of puppyhood. All too soon they grow up and between one day and the next up the ear will go and you'll wonder why you worried those weeks instead of enjoying the puppy look.
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i JUST went through this... No glue should be needed. I would think. Jupiters Left ear didn"t go up until after 19 weeks or so. NOW, he doesnt look like a puppy anymore. haha I think yall will be fine.

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He is very big, the vet states that his head is huge and his ear leather is thick.
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If he is 8 months old you will be worried about his gaits and clumsiness and possibly brattiness too. It comes with the package.
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i JUST went through this... No glue should be needed. I would think. Jupiters Left ear didn"t go up until after 19 weeks or so. NOW, he doesnt look like a puppy anymore. haha I think yall will be fine.
So up until then the other one laid flat the whole time like mine? If so maybe there is hope.
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So up until then the other one laid flat the whole time like mine? If so maybe there is hope.

lots of hope, especially if he is a big boned puppy.
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