I have a doberman that will be 6 months on August 5th. He had is ears cropped back in May. The ears are and have been standing, however, we are still having problems getting them to stand correctly. We have been retapping the ears every week with no luck. If you look at this website his ears stand correctly when not excited or alert. When excited or alert his ears stand like the picture "H". http://www.equinoxca.com/taping2.html
I am looking for suggestions on how to tape the ear to correct this. I have been taking him back and forth to the Vet (a doberman owner herself) every week to get them redone and don't feel like it is making any progess. We have been trying to recorrect this for probably close to 2 months now. I see no difference now then I did back then. Any help or even pictures would be great. Thank you.
Well, it does say don't give up...I have no idea, I'm sorry. I never had problems with it, besides when you try using regular tape, then a stick wrapped in cotton. Never had luck with that..I hope you get the ears under control soon.
We have used this foam stuff that is about a 1/2" in diameter instead of sticks. It is about the size of a roll of nickels, if this helps explaining it. It is the foam like they use to make those long things kids play with in the pool???????getting my drift? With the Schnuazer's we have actually turned a styrofoam coffee cup upside down and placed it on the dogs head to tape the ears to. You just can't give up. The dog going thru teething at this time could be effecting the ears. So it is very important to be vigilant during this time. This is a very critical time for the ear set. The reason is because of calcium changes in the body during teething. You should discuss this with your vet as well, because it is also important you are watching the progression of the teeth coming in, so you do not have retained teeth that will also mess up the dogs bite. Ain't having dogs fun??????
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At 6 months you are getting closer to when the ears will be fully set so you need to be persistent with taping asap however you want them to be,IMO. Is your breeder close by? If so they should be helping you. If not talk to your vet and other breeders in your area for some hands on help.
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Thanks, I will keep that in mind. I decided to try and brace the ears myself. For a first timer it doesn't look too bad. Thanks to many internet searches on posting ears. The ears are now standing correctly. Now we will just see if he will leave the ears alone so they can learn to stand this way. :)
When I worked in a Vet's office the Vet used tampons(the cardboard ones) for post. Then he would use surgical gauze to wrap it(the kind that adheses to itself) That made it easy to remove when wanting to clean the edges.
My vet uses the same method. They started out with the post and brace. Once the ears were standing on their own they stopped the post and brace and then only taped the base of the ear. They did this to try and get the ears to stand correctly. After 2 months of this and seeing no progress I am searching for different methods. Last week when I took him back to the vet for a recheck they finally put the post back in but no brace. With the post in the ears the ears are still leaning towards each other. I added the brace myself and will see if that helps.