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Gunner's right ear is standing perfectly and has for months now. Unfortunaetly, his left ear is STILL flopping at times. He can hold it up when he wants to, but without breath rite strips, it is very lazy. He's 13 months old now and has been posted faithfully and then we moved on to breath rite stips for the floppy tip. The base is still solid and some days the ear stands perfectly.....but today for example it is flopping when he relaxes. I'm really tired of dealing with it and I'm considering stringing or even an implant. I know some will say leave it, BUT I feel like I've put in way too much time and effort to give up now. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get his ears to look nice. At his age, should I keep up with the strips and maybe give him cottage cheese or something or is to completely too late.
 

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To be honest, if it were me (lol .. and it is my red girl has a flopped ear) I would just leave it, and not put him through a procedure like stringing or an implant. It would mean anesthesia and healing time and I just feel if they are only pets, its better not to put them through the irritation of all that.
I have had alot of people tell me that Bella's ear gives her an adorable look, and she is a big goofball to start with. No one has yet to tell me she is not intimidating with the floppy ear, most are still very respectful of the fact she is a doberman and is protective of me.
 

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To be honest, if it were me (lol .. and it is my red girl has a flopped ear) I would just leave it, and not put him through a procedure like stringing or an implant. It would mean anesthesia and healing time and I just feel if they are only pets, its better not to put them through the irritation of all that.
I have had alot of people tell me that Bella's ear gives her an adorable look, and she is a big goofball to start with. No one has yet to tell me she is not intimidating with the floppy ear, most are still very respectful of the fact she is a doberman and is protective of me.
I understand...I have just payed so much money and put so much time and effort into getting them to both stand. He is being put under soon anyways for his stomach procedure so I may see if they can fix the ear while he's already knocked out. I don't know...I just don't see it fixing itself at his age and after all I've already done.
 

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I had to work on one of Prime's ears longer than the other. It was really annoying and I was wondering if it would ever stand. I feel your frustration and you have been posting a lot longer than I had to so I can only imagine. Personally, I would definitely look into surgical options if the ears just would not stand after trying everything and doing everything right.
 

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When you say the ear flops when he's relaxed, does the ear fall completely from the ear crease? Or is just the tip flopped over badly? I'm having a hard time picturing where it's falling over.

If you do want to look into a surgical fix I'd go to a cropped ear specialist rather than just having your normal vet attempt a fix while he's having something else done. I don't have any experience with surgical fixes for cropped ears but I would expect a consultation with the vet to learn more about what my options are, what they're assessment is of the ear, and what their experience is in surgical fixes for flopped crops.

Also, you might PM Dobebug with pictures and ask for her input. She's a cropping/posting guru. :)
 
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Gunner's right ear is standing perfectly and has for months now. Unfortunaetly, his left ear is STILL flopping at times. He can hold it up when he wants to, but without breath rite strips, it is very lazy. He's 13 months old now and has been posted faithfully and then we moved on to breath rite stips for the floppy tip. The base is still solid and some days the ear stands perfectly.....but today for example it is flopping when he relaxes. I'm really tired of dealing with it and I'm considering stringing or even an implant. I know some will say leave it, BUT I feel like I've put in way too much time and effort to give up now. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get his ears to look nice. At his age, should I keep up with the strips and maybe give him cottage cheese or something or is to completely too late.
I am right there with you. My girl Sophie is 13 months and we are still posting her right ear. Her left is fine and has been for some time. I was considering just giving up, but my breeder and remarks from threads on this forum all said to keep at it. Some ears need to be posted well after 1 year old. I started Sophie on a 1500mg/day glucosamine supplement (Cosequin) and am continuing posting the right ear only. I'm going to keep at it for a few months, or longer, so the glucosamine has the chance to kick in. I decided to stick with it for the same reasons as you mentioned... so much time, effort, and money has been invested in these ears, so I want to get it right!

I don't really have any advice here for you regarding stringing versus not, but I understand the frustration as we're going through it too. I will say I don't think it's too late!

Best of luck with whatever route you choose.
 

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Axel's right ear still flops after a day or so. But because it will stand at least that long, I'm not giving up yet. He's only 9 months old, so I think it's still salvageable. I have to say, I'm encouraged to hear people say it's still possible to get a standing ear at 13 months! I say keep posting!
 

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I agree - post a photo and maybe we can offer better advice.

Based on my experience with Silas, I would go back to full posting, not letting them down for a full month. It might not be too late. I can speak from experience, and wish that I hadn't given up when I did during a very critical time. And Si's ears are WAY longer. I wouldn't even consider the surgical route until you went back to full posts for at least another month, myself. Don't put him through surgery because you're sick of posting... trust me, I understand being sick of posting. Stick with it.

Si will still hold both ears up all the way, just not all the time. And actually, people love his wonky ears. :) And guess what - a lot of people are still afraid of him, too, even with his melt face on and his ears in full doberplane.
 

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I wouldn't give up either and agree to going back to a full post for a good month or so. I never never never let the ears fall and so far (knock on wood), I've had fantastic luck.
 
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Keep going, but if you have to have him put under anyway, after all this time and effort, I too would have an implant put in.
 

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this is weird cause my dogs ears were half flopped when I found him--loved it-like a greyhound
now they stand upright all the time--not sure what happened...wish they flopped...
 

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To be honest, if it were me (lol .. and it is my red girl has a flopped ear) I would just leave it, and not put him through a procedure like stringing or an implant. It would mean anesthesia and healing time and I just feel if they are only pets, its better not to put them through the irritation of all that.
"Only pets"? I don't see that owning a pet and having aesthetic considerations conflict.
 

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"Only pets"? I don't see that owning a pet and having aesthetic considerations conflict.
Agreed....No, he's not a show dog but he's still a valued pet and I hope we have many years together. I've invested a lot of money and time in his ears and I really want them to be right. I feel like giving up on them would be unfair to him after all he's been through so far. I've got it posted right now and will give it a little bit more time. If it still flops, I will consult a local ear vet who works with my regular vet.
 

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My dog Greta had one ear that flopped. I was very disappointed, but loved her still. A lot of people told me it gave her "personality," things like that. But she is such a beauty, I wished her ear did not flop. But I gave up and decided to just accept it the way it was.

Imagine my surprise when she was about three years old her ear started standing up! My vet says he thinks they are just lazy sometimes. They can hold them up, they just don't do it.

I don't know what caused her ear to start standing up, but I am sure glad it did! She's the dog in my avatar picture, her ears are just beautiful now. She's 8 1/2 and once that ear started standing up it never flopped again. Guess I was lucky.
 

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If I am reading correctly, Gunner is only 12 months. Wheeler had one ear that flopped and I posted that ear until he was 18 months old. Both ears stand wonderfully.

Don't give up, just keep posting that ear. I also supplemented with Glucosomine.
 
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If I am reading correctly, Gunner is only 12 months. Wheeler had one ear that flopped and I posted that ear until he was 18 months old. Both ears stand wonderfully.

Don't give up, just keep posting that ear. I also supplemented with Glucosomine.
Well, that gives me hope! It's not a complete flop...he can put it up but when he relaxes it's pretty lazy. I'm going to keep posting and crossing my fingers :)
 

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OliviaB where in GA are you? I am working with a vet that I hope may have a solution to our flopping ear problem. Jaeger is only 8 months but after a month of standing up right, his right has dropped and will not stand up on its own. I took him this morning to the vet and we taped just at the base (not the solution I mentioned but something for now) I will keep you and the rest of the floppy ear group updated.
 

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Well, that gives me hope! It's not a complete flop...he can put it up but when he relaxes it's pretty lazy. I'm going to keep posting and crossing my fingers :)
Yep.... that's what Wheeler's did. Flopped when he was tired, stressed or totally relaxed. But, if something really interested him it would stand.

It got to where I could put a single piece of tape around it right where it broke, and that would keep it up. We would remove the tape for shows, just before he went in the ring, and then put the tape back on when he was done showing.

He was about 18 months old, when it no longer needed the tape.
 
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