Originally Posted by MineAreWorkingline
And this is another reason I don't allow rough play. It all too frequently escalates into something more and I am done dealing with the injuries. Even if it had been two adult dogs, when things escalate, I have seen ears literally bitten off on other people's dogs too often. A puppy's soft ear cartilage can be permanently damaged.
It’s not always the big dogs causing the problem either. We took our Shepski to the vet awhile back for an ear infection, and while the vet was examining him, he found lots of tiny punctures in both ears, and under his muzzle. I posted pics in a different thread. Anyway, it was my hubs best friends puppy that caused the damage. Puppies have razor sharp teeth, and it’s easy for them to puncture the bigger dogs as it is for the bigger dogs to cause injury to the pup.
We let our pup play with our GSD because she is very gentle and loving with her, but only with supervision, and if my pup starts getting too mouthy or hyper with the older GSD, we separate them again. We let our Shepski and the pup swim together with no issues, but the pup isn’t allowed to play with him because he is too rough.
We don’t allow her to play with any other dogs because she’s not fully vaccinated, and we don’t want to take that risk. Our older dogs get tittered twice a year, and have never needed a booster shot, so we feel safe having her around them.
As for the ear, it may be floppy because it hurts when erect. It could be common teething and nothing to worry about. But if the ear was punctured (even if it was just the tip of the ear) I would be setting up a vet appointment. Not because I care what the ears will eventually look like, but because bites are notorious for breeding infection. It’s easier (and cheaper) to catch it before it turns into a full blown infection.
Good luck with the ear, and please stop the play dates until your pup is large enough!