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10-14-2014 06:48 PM
Debanneball Love those ears!
10-14-2014 06:38 PM
border57 OK, I guess this is the final photo. Jack is now ten months old, and here is his ear now:

As you can see, his ear is now fine. There's no trace of the dent that he had in it. His ear has probably looked this good for at least the last month and maybe even longer as I really just forgot that it had ever been broken at all.

So those of you that have a puppy with a busted over ear, don't give up hope because they can turn around and end up looking great!

Good luck with all of those ears out there!
06-07-2014 11:41 AM
border57 Thanks, both of you. Yes, I'm hoping it will continue to improve. Of course, every time he is rough housing with the older GSD and yelps, I'm afraid his ear has been bitten again!
06-06-2014 04:08 PM
K9POPPY Great news, it will probably continue to get stronger over time, just gives him character- quite the handsome GSD!!!!!!!! Bob
06-06-2014 02:03 PM
Sunflowers That is great news! Congrats!
06-06-2014 12:59 PM
border57 Hello, Everyone, I thought I'd provide an update on how this pup's ear has turned out to show how his ear progressed and to give others hope when their pup's ear gets damaged like this one did.

The bite happened about 2 1/2 months ago and I don't really know if anything I did helped a whole lot. He would not let me work the ear and since I live alone there was no help to hold him. The Breathe Right strips I do believe helped guide the ear back up, but he probably only had the use of them for ten days or so. The pipe insulation, that I tried next, did not stay in any length of time at all and at that point I threw up my hands and let nature take its course, just keeping up with the supplements of gelatin, cottage cheese, and biotin each day. He was becoming quite worked up over me trying to do anything with the ear, and I was afraid he was going to start not trusting me and I didn't want that more than anything.

His ear did come back to an extent, but I believe it's only because the bite was from just over the centerline of his ear and led across his ear towards the outside, which left about 1/3 or so of his ear cartilage as never having been broken and that ended up acting like a natural splint to the down part of his ear. It's that 1/3 of the ear cartilage that is holding his ear up. So it's not a perfect ear, but considering what it started out as, I'm pretty happy with it. If you don't look too close, the ear looks relatively normal.

His ear does behave a bit different than it normally would, for example, when he runs the tip of that ear will wave back and forth with his gate more than the other ear (the other ear is rock solid) because of the base that is compromised, and of course you can see that it does have a indented line where the bite/flop occurred.

All in all, I'm really happy with it. He could have ended up with a totally flopped ear and as it is, he has an ear with some character to it, and he didn't have to be renamed "Flap Jack" instead of "Jack".

So here he is now at six months. His nose looks bent and his eye a little funny in the photo, but it's only a trick of the light. Please ignore all the trash in the kitchen behind him.
04-14-2014 11:06 AM
border57 Thanks, everyone. Sunflowers, I'll afford anything for my dogs for vet care, but I couldn't justify the expense of that kind of surgery. Having said that, if the ear were totally lost for 100% sure, I'd probably think about it. But I think there's hope yet. I'm watching him outside the window right now and his ear has been up most of the time, albeit with the base of the ear bent in the wrong way.

So I'm going to go the pipe insulation route this next week and see how that does. If I can get the base pushed back correctly with the glue job, it may be just the ticket. I hope so!
04-11-2014 11:37 AM
Sunflowers If taping fails, I would go for these, if possible.

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04-11-2014 11:12 AM
K9POPPY There's some pretty good suggestions under health, I think even a video on taping there- just using a business card cut into an oval and attached with some heavy- duty double-sided tape works wonders, just look for ear taping there - I have taped many ears over the years, and always had good results, IMHO! Bob
04-11-2014 11:10 AM
mydogs I put a thread on here on what my vet said to give for supplements


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