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Old 08-07-2008, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Broken Cartilage in ear?

Can the cartilage in an ear break to make them not stand?

I have been posting my puppy religiously and took his ears down this week and added breathe right strips...They have been standing fine and then my bf just called and said his left ear is down completely....He is going to post immediately....What do you think went wrong?? Just not done posting?

I am really upset/worried about his ear.
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Would love for Murrey to see this.
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I am glad you asked this - I want to see what responses you get. LAW's ears were fine two weeks ago when I had them down (although I knew we still had some time to keep re-wrapping) but now for the past week and half - his one ear just flops! And we've had them wrapped? HOw could that happen?

Someone mentioned teething stage???
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am glad you asked this - I want to see what responses you get. LAW's ears were fine two weeks ago when I had them down (although I knew we still had some time to keep re-wrapping) but now for the past week and half - his one ear just flops! And we've had them wrapped? HOw could that happen?

Someone mentioned teething stage???
You need to keep posting as your pup is very young...

Lucius is 7 months...if anyone can help that would be great!
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I didn't know it took this long to have them stay up like this. My father in law told me his two females ears were done around 15 weeks... so that is what I was going on.

Oh well..... we'll keep going. LOL!
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You sure he didn't just lay on it funky?
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You sure he didn't just lay on it funky?
I am not really sure. This is blowing my mind b/c they have been standing all week until now. I gave him a bath this morning. I didn't get his head nor ears wet. I NEVER let ears fall like this.
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You sure he didn't just lay on it funky?
The heat can also cause an ear to wilt briefly even in adult dogs as well.

I've heard that broken cartilege can make an ear not stand..never seen it personally. But I wouldn't be too fast to jump to that conclusion. There's likely a more reasonable explanation, including the ears just aren't ready to be left down for any length of time.
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2 of my dogs are cropped Tasha has had errect ears since she was 14 weeks old never had any problems with them, Merlin had to have a splint in one ear when he was about 13months old as it just wouldn't stand and it didn't matter what we done to it, teething can play apart with ears some puppys need extra calcium when teething although it didn't help Merlins ear stand!!!!
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Most of us who have gone through posting have all been asked the same question "how long do the ears have to be taped like that ?"

Almost anyone who has been through posting more than once will answer "...until they stand". I don't know that there is a benchmark to go by personally; the ears are done posting when they're done posting.

Also, how old was the pup when his ears were cropped ?
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I had a red boy who kept negating his ear posting progress by sleeping with his head smooshed up against the side of his crate. I ended up uncrating him at night at age 9 months so he could have his head "free"! He had very heavy ear cartilage so it took a long time for his ears to stand 100%.
Maybe Lucius slept funny, as someone suggested and his ears aren't totally set yet to withstand being crimped for a long period of time? I'd keep posting until 9 months or so, do breathe rights for show days. You don't want the ear to fall again when no one is home if it is because he's sleeping on it and bending it over.
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I don't mind to post his ears for awhile, but I am just hoping that his ear isn't broken. I NEVER let his ears fall. Ears have been in breathe rights 4 days now and they've looked good until about an hour ago. One is down completely. I will post a picture. I am really upset.
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I don't mind to post his ears for awhile, but I am just hoping that his ear isn't broken. I NEVER let his ears fall. Ears have been in breathe rights 4 days now and they've looked good until about an hour ago. One is down completely. I will post a picture. I am really upset.
This is a fact of life...ears sometimes droop because they're not ready for breathe rites or they're not ready to be left with nothing at all to support them. It's not the end of the world, just a signal you need to take a step back and go back to posting for awhile longer.
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Here is a picture. I will post them back up immediately.
My bf took this with his cell phone, really bad quality.
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I really hope it's not unfixable.
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DobeGirl - do you think he could have slept on it wrong? That looks almost like that is what he did - laid on it for a while (sorry if I don't help). But I bet it's fixable.


Look at Law's pic last night with "Law Chillin with Hunter" - and his flopped over too (in half)!. He is young still as DobeGirl pointed out - so I know I have to keep posting.
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STUPID QUESTION - What do you mean by "breath rights" or something?
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breathe rights are the nasal strips that are used normally to stop snoring, but they work wonders to keep the tips of the ears upright when the posting is finished but the tips are still floppy.

dobe07- try rubbing the ear then re posting. I agree that he might have just slept on it strangely.
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2 of my dogs are cropped Tasha has had errect ears since she was 14 weeks old never had any problems with them, Merlin had to have a splint in one ear when he was about 13months old as it just wouldn't stand and it didn't matter what we done to it, teething can play apart with ears some puppys need extra calcium when teething although it didn't help Merlins ear stand!!!!
I was told not to give my dog calcium supplements while her ears were being posted.
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I am having issues with Vader's tips - they are wonky (best word I can come up with) The one ear tips flops in & out but they stand. He can fix them himself. Every time I decide to repost they magically start to stand! It is driving me crazy. I am not sure what to do. Breathe rights don't hold the tips ~ they are wonky even with the breath rights. They haven't fallen like Lucius's. Puppy ears *sigh* I sure hope Lucius's ear is ok.
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Is this normal for them to fall completely? I have never had this to happen?
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I had trouble with Rocky's ears. I called a local Dobe rescue group. The person I spoke with was very helpful and encouraging. She had a dobe that she posted for 18 months! She also sent me to a local vet that is the guru of ears!

One of Rocky's ears turned inward not outward. The vet had said that he would have preferred it to flop the other way. (The way Lucius's ear is falling.) He had me take the tape off and come in after the ear flopped! He wanted Rocky to work his ears!

To straighten the tips he told me to use duc tape on the tips only. Yes, you read correctly, duc tape! That is where I am now with Rocky! The tips are looking better.

Every once and awhile I look at Rocky and see the ear flopped! I get very nervous, and then, I realize that Rocky is the one doing it!!!!!!
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I'm still messing with Reggie's ear at 17 months. I am not certain it will ever stay up on it's own.
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Holy Moly........ I better go buy more tape! LOL
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Holy Moly........ I better go buy more tape! LOL
What kind of tape do you use????
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