Our dobe is 7 months old, ears were cropped at 9 weeks. We've never been real satisfied from the git go with them, but we are dealing with them. They never stood up for a long time, between the vet and us they've been taped all the time. Now their standing up, but the tip on the left ear is pointing inward. He looks so stupid, he's a beautiful dog and it just takes away from his looks. We love him no matter what, but geez his looks are all screwed up now. Any suggestions on how to fix that tip on his ear to stand up straight?
Hey GOTHUSKY 2 we had thought about re-cropping, but we were afraid of screwing up the ears even more. We had originally asked for a short crop, so there's not alot of ear left to work with. We could go back to the vet we started out with but if he screwed up the first time whats to say the second time around will work! What age is too late to do something?
You are being impatient. It takes a lot of time and work to get ears to stand. Some show boxer crops take over a year or more before they stand alone and don't need to be taped again.
I am not saying continually, but even at a year they can start to bend, fall or curl and may need held up by a retaping for a few days.
Also if you don't have much ear to work with don't go for a recrop, unless absoultely necessary. What my EXPERT ear vet has been doing is aggitating the ear with out re-cropping. I haven't had it done to one of mine, but from what I hear is that it is making small cuts around the scar line (while under anesthesia). Then re-wrapping as usual, but when you re-wrap after that, you take a tooth-brush and scope and again aggitate the scar tissue.
I have known people that said this worked for their dogs that couldn't get ears to stand properly at 18 months. I think it must really suck for the dog-- and I really highly discourage people who don't show from any cropping.
People don't know what they are getting in to. You think it is just a surgery at the vet, you pay the $$$, and poof the ears stand. That is NOT the case at all.
I agree with alicat.....takes quite a while. Matter of fact, King is 10mths and his ears are standing very well, however they do tend to bend here and there, so I will retape them for a few days...which he absolutely hates.
There might be nerve damage to your babies ear... That is why i choose for the implant option....If the ears aren't taped right it can cause part of the ear to die...you might want to get him to a new vet just to make sure....
Well, I will tell you what I use on my Min Pins to straighten the tips...works like a charm! On a dobe though, the ears may be too big to use for the whole ear....but this make my kids tips perfectly straight. You will likely need to use this method on the top half of the ear and tape the rest as usual.
Go out and buy.. Mole skin foam padding, this is found in the bandaging area at any wal-mart, rite aid, etc. Then also get some eyelash adhesive from the make up acces. section, near the nail care, eye lash curlers, that type section.
Holding the ear , make sure it is pressed tightly against the foam and draw a line around the ear so you can cut the foam to shaoe....MAKE SURE the foam will cover and overlap the edges of the ear, so ne edges are exposed.
Take the eyelash adhesive and smear a thin layer on the ear, peel the back from the foam and with the ear tip stretched and straight, hold it firmly for a minute until it sticks good. Place a piece of foam this way on each side of the ear for both ears.
Then tape the ear as usual. I leave it up for 7-10 days, then take it down so the ear can breathe and avoid sores. I use baby oil and gently massage up the foam until it comes off.
Then depending on how the ear looks, as far as redness, etc. I wait 3 days and put them up again. I only need to do this once usually to straighten tips, 2 at the most.
LPn, that is a good idea...That way you don't have to worry about tape damage to the babies ears... That was a concern of mine with Selma. Hair loss, sores, nerve damage.....But with you method you dont have the tape directly on the ears...... WELL DONE!!!!!
I know some have suggested a surgical type glue that can be bought at some stores. I have never found it, but let me say, the combo of the eyelash adhesive and the sticky of the molefoam, it hols great. I'd be afraid to stick it any better!
It does work great...for Pins you can actually do the entire ear and just prop with tape around the foam. You still get the same things such as some hair loss, and tenderness, and even sores if you leave it up too long. Thats why i dont go longer than 7-10 days.
We were actually told to use the foam for the Pug ears to get a proper set on them. So I tried the same idea on the Min Pins because one of the girls had tips that were not straight. It worked great. You just have to be sure to enclose the ear with the foam completely.
With dobes though, the ears will prob be too large to cover complately on both sides without buying a dozen packs, lol. But I think they can still use it to fix the tips though.