German Shepherd Dog > Taping a 10 month old GSD pup's ear (15 replies)
Taping a 10 month old GSD pup's ear
by Apid on 02 February 2012 - 07:57
|Hi ! I have a 10 month old GSD pup ........ one of his ears is still not up fully. Had done taping ...... but had to remove it in 3 days as he developed an infection . Will taping now help his ears .|
by Two Moons on 02 February 2012 - 08:56
|Leave the poor dogs ears alone is my advice.|
by Beardog on 02 February 2012 - 12:04
|I saw that Scweikert has some nice looking foam molds for ears. If I were to use them I would take them and the dog to my vet and let him do it.|
There are lot of recommendations on feeding and natural supplements that are posted here that might help too.
by hunger4justice on 02 February 2012 - 14:51
|Why are you trying to make the dog something it is not. His character is the same and he will work the same with a floppy/soft ear. He is not breedworthy so why are you subjecting your dog to infection for cosmetics? Just leave the poor thing's ears alone and NO it won't help at 10 months, if they are still soft after taping the ear is not going to stand.|
by macrowe1 on 02 February 2012 - 16:53
|No, they're not going to stand. I'm totally against taping up ears on GSDs. The reason they work on say Dobermans is because their ears get cut and you can shape the way the scar tissue will form, and the scar tissue will hold. Constant infections aren't going to help your dog. It's a cosmetic thing.|
by Apid on 02 February 2012 - 19:18
Hi All ! ......... Thanks for your comments & advice :-) . Its human nature to want the best for yourself & also for someone you love ...... my puppy buddy. My pup has all the traits & markings of the champion bloodline he comes from ......... except for the top tip of his left ear :-( It's almost there ...... but not fully :-) The breeder was also surprised & so suggested taping ....... which went wrong in just a couple of days :-(
He is one big handsome guy ...... & as someone said his tip turned ear will make him look a puppy forever :-) Just wanted to give him 100% ....... standing ear or tip turned ....... he's the best thing that's happened to us after we lost our last dog in 2010.
by Rik on 02 February 2012 - 23:41
|If the ear is not injured, it is not to late to tape @ 10 mo.|
I have seen lots of ears taped with no issue. Was the infection internal to the ear.
by Red Sable on 03 February 2012 - 00:24
|I've never had a GSD with floppy ears, thank goodness, but I can understand why someone would want to try and fix it. |
One thing I look for when purchasing a pup, is good strong ears in the parents.
by EchoEcho on 03 February 2012 - 02:29
|It is worth a try. Is the infection under control? Was the infection due to taping?|
by macrowe1 on 03 February 2012 - 02:32
|I can understand wanting to do it, but if it's the tip top of a ear, it doesn't seem like it would be genetic, maybe injured somehow?|
by La Junta GSD on 03 February 2012 - 04:22
|Do not buy the ear props from schwekirt not worth the money using mole skin works well|
by Apid on 03 February 2012 - 06:20
Hi ! ...... Thanks for all your suggestions ...... Rik , their was some infection internally ..... now fully healed. Most of it was external ..... still healing . Will have to wait for a week atleast for it to be fully ok :-)
As I mentioned earlier he comes from a champion blood line & both his parents are show champions ....... so even the breeder was surprised . There was no injury to the ears too .............. Maybe will give it a try once more when all is fine ...... lets see :-)
by dantes on 03 February 2012 - 11:42
|Post a picture and it will help others advise you.|
by Wolfiemom on 09 February 2012 - 15:51
|I have read several articles about the use of Tear Mender, a fabric glue, to help with soft ears. It is used to glue the ears together and supposedly this helps the ears stand. I have not used it for ears but the product stays supple on fabric. Perhaps fashioning a small splint with this glue and moleskin would work. I understand you wanting your beauty to meet all breed standards. If you can help without hurting, why not try?|
by Juno11 on 09 February 2012 - 16:37
I have been taping my pups ears too:( I haven't had an infection problem so far. I clean the ears gently every time I change the tape just with a Q-tip and if the ear looks red at all then I leave the tape off. I've been using perm rollers and I wrap them with new surgical tape each time I re-tape. Plus I make sure there the roller is up enough that the ears can breath.
hope this helps.
p.s. I have read that since erect ears are the GSD's standard then if they stay flopped over they are more prone to ear infections later. I don't know if this is true but I once had a shepherd/lab cross with floppy ears and I had to clean them frequently.
by myret on 09 February 2012 - 19:01
|I would certainly tape the ears ofcourse a gsd should have standing ears|