Any help with Ear problems? I bought a puppy from the a big winner kennel in USA and I have some ear problems? any ideas to fix ears?
I also know the feeling of being afraid of ears not standing. If the dogs permanent teeth are not in, totally in, it can deplete calcium from ear development. Don't over calcify his/her feedings, because it can cause urinary problems. Just feed a premium food, paying attention to the calcium content. I listened to my vet who told me that if they're not broken, visibly broken over, in all probability they will stand.
"Ed Zachary" has a new product out, it's called
Just a few pointers and I've tried several things throughtout the years. I've done some light calcium supplementation with success although a premium dog food (which I've always used) does help some, however some dogs have history of ear carriage problem, soft/heavy ears, etc.
Another method I did was use moleskin and cutting it in the shape of the ears and simply putting them inside the ear. Fred Lansing noted this in his TOTAL GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG book and I tried this on a male pup I had once and it actually correct the erection problem.
Lastly you may want to wait. If the ears are up @ the base that may give you some clue that they will eventually stand up.
This Vi-ear-gra I never heard of. They make everything I tell ya
Go to your local pharmacy and purchase Skinbond and DrScholl's Molefoam.
Cut the molefoam into the shape of the dog's ear only smaller to fit in.
Next apply a layer of the skinbond on to the adhesive side of the foam.Wait a minute or two then press it firmly iside a (clean-dry )ear.This will prevent a fold from developing in the dog's ear.Your grocery store should have Knox' gelatin that you can add to the feedings,this helps in cartilage.The foam will fall out on it't own and you may have to repeat the process. And the teething has a lot to do with the ears as in the previous post.
GOOD LUCK! KENNYR
Sue, who is this BIG winner kennel in USA that you bought your pup from with the ear problems? Let me know.
And another way of helping with the ears is making sure that your dog have a lot of things to chew on(chewables and toys). This will make the ears stronger.
The first question should be:
How old is this puppy???
As for the "big winner kennel" .... It can only be one of the 3 who use that as their main sales pitch.
One mainly located in IL, with dogs in various locations around the US
One in CT
and One having a main location in CA but with dogs spread out all over the US
Ed Zachary is a fictional character or inside joke, at the time Partyman1 invented this fictitious name/man, it seemed appropriate! :-)
Some lines seem to naturally have ear problems. The larger heads, the wider set ears, the heavier ear leather, etc. can lead to difficulty in the ears standing. I've seen problems from Hill v Farbenspiel litters, Nero v d Zenteiche and a couple of others. There can also be a kennel management problem, too. If puppies are left together too long, they can use ears as "chew toys" and break down just erecting ears.
If the pup is under 4 months old, I wouldn't worry at this point. Give good raw meaty bones to chew on (beef shank and knuckle are very good), supplement with 2 tbsp cottage cheese or whole milk, live culture yogurt at each feeding. If the bases of the ears are standing before the teething process, they will probably come up on their own.
If the pup is over six months, and the ears were not up before teething, you might think about lightweight ear forms or the moleskin support.
If the pup is 8 months or older, it's time to see a speciality vet. Treatments can include heavier taping and injection of calcium carbonate into the ear cartilage.
It's best if the crate has room for the dog to stand without the ears touching the top of the crate. And try and crate the pup somewhere that is interesting to him/her.
JDN - US
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