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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Massaging Puppy Ears... Yes or No?

Right! If you have a puppy whose ears are not up, what should you do? Half the folks I talk to (and my vet) say "YES!" and the other half (and most of this forum, from what I've read) say "ABSOLUTELY NOT!"

Some say you'll damage the cartilage, others say it increases blood flow. Some breeders encourage you to administer thrice-daily massages and others are horrified if you've touched them at all.

Which is it?! I'd like to settle this once and for all!
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It can break down the cartilage,which is trying to grow. When I took any of my puppies to the dog park, I would tape them up with foam hair curler sliced in half. Works great. Careful with which tape you use, use one which doesn't stick to their fur.
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Don't massage. Just let it happen naturally or just tape/glue once old enough.

Are you asking about a specific puppy of yours or is this just a general question?
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I always massage puppy ears. They love the attention, I find it soothing and they have all stood up just fine. Breeder and vet both recommended.
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I'm no expert but my vet said to massage them and I did. Katie's ears stood up just fine by 12 weeks
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I have never massaged my puppies' ears and don't see the point of it either. I do pet them as they are so soft, but I don't crumple them which will damage the cartilage.

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I have never massaged my puppies' ears and don't see the point of it either. I do pet them as they are so soft, but I don't crumple them which will damage the cartilage.

Same here. Yes, I would lightly pet them but there was no intentional pressure.

I honestly think unless there was an injury they are going to stand or not.
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I don't massage the actual ears, but the base of the ears. I have always done this and she loves it.

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My husband is obsessive over people touching Jake's ears. He lets them alone .... We did that and Jakes were up at 10 weeks.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-30-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Are you asking about a specific puppy of yours or is this just a general question?
No. I have too much experience to worry about ears any more, lol. This is a general question; there's a definite split in which is the 'right' way to do it, so I wanted to see what the ratio is actually like.
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