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post #261 of 268 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Cobe914 View Post
There's no real health risks involved with floppy ears. It's said that they tend to be more prone to ear infections (due to moisture build up/not being as aired out) then upright ears. I've had both and never had any issues with my floppy eared boy. I did find that my pricked ear Dutchie seems to collect a lot of dirt in there, but we live in a dusty/windy area.
I read somewhere that pricked eared breeds with floppy ears were more likely to develop joint issues due to cartilage issues throughout the body (hence floppy ears) but it seemed very "crack science" to me.
Thank you for the insight!! I've been having a tough time finding any reputable articles online.
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post #262 of 268 (permalink) Old 01-01-2016, 05:23 PM
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Will this ever go to normal ears???

So I have a pure breed German shepherd. And he is now 8.5 months and one of his ears is leaning. Im really worried and wondering if they will ever go to normal german shepherd ears.

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post #263 of 268 (permalink) Old 01-01-2016, 07:55 PM
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You've tried everything and your GSD's ears just won't stand, now what? How do you deal with the disappointment? How do you deal with the doubt? How do you deal with the dumb comments unknowing people make about your GSD?

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Unfortunately, I'm not dealing with it very well so I have no advice to give. I think the reason I'm not dealing with it well are a few things....
1) Everyone told me not to worry and when I finally went to see a vet that KNEW about ears when Ekko was 7 months, he told me it was pretty much too late. I still kick myself for it.
2) After taping only once, Ekko had an ear infection and has had them ever since. Also lots of scratching at the ears, so I was never able to tape again.
3) I have a pic of Ekko after the 1st taping where his ears stood for 3 hours. This pic of him is absolutely gorgeous!!

Don't get me wrong, I still think Ekko is gorgeous even with the floppy ears. But he truly looked like a different dog with those ears standing. The breeder had offered to take him back, but I'm not going to give him back over floppy ears. I love him so and always will [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/puppy3.gif[/img]
Even now at almost 19 months, I still have hope that I can try taping one more time, but I know in my heart it is not to be. As you can see, I am not coping well. I hope someone has great advice on how to deal with this! LOL
I went through this years ago with my first shepherd. His parents were so regal with those erect ears, but my guy looked like a doofus with one ear hanging down. I was ashamed of myself for being so "superficial", but doggone it- those ears really make the look of a Getman Shepherd Dog! I guess you can never predict what the ears will do, since they aren't really up when you bring home a young pup! :/
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post #264 of 268 (permalink) Old 04-30-2016, 11:49 AM
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Unhappy 20 weeks and ears still floppy

My GS is 20 weeks old and ears are still floppy. His ears seem larger than other GS I've seen. His parents are both GS but not sure beyond that. Any help and hope?!!
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post #265 of 268 (permalink) Old 05-09-2016, 03:32 PM
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Houdini (8.5wk) only has one ear erect and the other one seems to be on its way. I used to think I didn't care but ever since I got him, the German shepherd breed has won over my heart and I can't imagine my little one not looking like his brethren. I wouldn't be worried if he didn't insist on napping with his head wedged under the sofa. Could that cause any damage? It's not like I'm raising him to be a show dog so I'll love him either way.
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post #266 of 268 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 10:36 AM
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ear damage

My GS is now 14 weeks. The ears were up at 10 weeks for 2 weeks and then went back down. I often massaged or played with ears out of habit. Could I have damaged them and made them go down for good?
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post #267 of 268 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 01:50 PM
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I think we just answered this exact same question a day or two ago? If they were up at ten weeks, odds are they will go back up. This up and down with ears is normal. You didn't damage them by massaging them.
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post #268 of 268 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 05:59 PM
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This is what definitely helped my GSD ears stand up. His ears went up at 5.5 months and one flopped at 6.5. I waited for three weeks before I researched other solutions. I came across a post about gelatin. Anyway, the ears are mostly cartilage and need collagen to build that cartilage. My boy is big boned with a big head and had Giardia when he was a puppy. I think these were factors affecting his ears.

So what I did. I bought 3 lbs of chicken feet from the Asian market and pressure cooked it about 86 ounces of water in the Instant pot for 75 minutes on high.
hat you will get when the broth cools in the refrigerator is pure gelatin. I gave 100 grams twice a day. The first time I gave it, my GSD's floppy ear immediately stood up the next morning. I was so excited! And then it would flop back after a few hours and I will get frustrated but I soldiered on. Everyday it would stay up longer until I think into the 10th day it stood up for a whole day, but it was still very soft. A trainer pointed it out to me because when my boy gets tired it would start to flop.

It took about three months before I could back off on it and not have the ears go floppy. I still give bone broth because of its health benefits.

I also supplemented with Ester-C, because Vitamin C is important in the formation of collagen.
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