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06-07-2014 10:41 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 03:08 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 01:03 PM
Sunflowers That is great news! Congrats!
06-06-2014 11:59 AM
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 10:06 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 10:37 AM
Sunflowers If taping fails, I would go for these, if possible.

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04-11-2014 10:12 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 10:10 AM
mydogs I put a thread on here on what my vet said to give for supplements


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04-11-2014 08:43 AM
border57 Just an update on my pup Jack's ear: The Breathe Right strips didn't hold over a day due to the damaged cartilage being low on his ear. The strips couldn't hold up the weight of the upper part of the ear, so the ear started to lop again when the bottom of the strips kept pulling away. Regluing the strips bottom would not keep them stuck down. Anyway, the strips were left in because I didn't have a good way to unglue them without hurting him and while they weren't holding the ear up, they did "soften" the bend where the damage was.

The BR strips came out on their own about five days later, and I still hadn't managed to get to a store to get any pipe insulation, which is what I'd decided to use next. So for the next three or four days the ear was left natural.

I'm happy to report that in the past three days, the ear has started to come up on it's own. Yes! It still is floppy and soft at that damage line, and it's still down more than the good ear, but it's been up more and more. At this point the damage line is still visible and the base of his ear is concave (base bending forward, like it does when they put their ears down) instead of convex like his good ear, but he can raise the ear when he's really interested in something.

I'm going to get the pipe insulation the next trip into town just in case and if the concave ear base continues much longer I'll glue it to try and fix that.

Thanks so much for the help, everyone! I know in the scheme of things an ear down on GSD is should not be the end of the world, but it's an awful thing to be told by the vet that your dog will never look as nice again, especially when he's so young. The help here is great!
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03-31-2014 08:22 PM
border57 Lukapuppy, thanks for the advice. From how Jack has been this afternoon, it looks like the glue and breathe rite strip was the way to go. I can't believe how he has absolutely no problem with that in his ear, doesn't act like he even knows it's there. I figured it would be a battle to have him leave it alone. Hope your boy's ear comes along, too.

mydogs, those sound like good ideas. There's no one around to help hold him so it's a bit tricky trying to keep him under control!

And The Stig, glad you like him. I'm afraid that photo looks more like a mug shot than anything. I've had five GSDs in my life, and in all of them, except this one, their ears went up and that was that, never came down. So this is new to me. As far as when it went down, I'd say I noticed it a day after the bite happened. It almost came down in slow motion, if you can understand that. I *think* it was the bite that did it, he yipped something fierce and the big dog was playing rough. Well, I can't blame the big dog, they were both going at it pretty hard. You could see the tooth marks right on there. If it wasn't the bite, it seems like a big coincidence.

I'll put ester-C on the list of things to give him, too. I never think of vit. C for animals since they make their own, but maybe some additional right now wouldn't be the worst thing for connective tissue.

Thanks, everyone!
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