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Ear fails to stand !

Discussion in 'Boxer Anatomy and Physiology' started by Lagrimas, Mar 27, 2002.

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  1. Lagrimas

    Lagrimas Boxer Pal

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    Hello to all u Boxer Lovers....well its me again and Im starting to really go nuts. about 7 months ago I had my dog'ears cropped, one has done well and the other still does not stand. I am still taping! Ill leave the tape on for about 10 days, remove to clean, the ear will stand for a day or two, and boom down again. Its driving me nuts, Ive literally spent hundreds on these ears and still nothing. Can anyone help, recommend a procedure? Email to an experience vet or breeder that can help me. I had hoped to show this fine animal and now Im going crazy. The ears are long, show cut. THanks for any help, I appreciate it. Larry
     
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    JulieM Boxer Insane

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    How exactly are you taping (what do you use as a support, etc.) and where is the ear breaking (falling)? The more detail you can provide, the better chance we have of helping you deal with it. 7 months is a long time but I've had dogs that took longer, so don't give up yet!!
     
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    Ears wont Stand

    Thanks for writing back Julie. Ive tried everything I tried the Quick Brace system, I am now using the soft sponge like (pipe insulation) and taping the ear. I took by wonderful Zia to a recomemended Boxer Ear specialist here in Mexico City, Dr Lorenzo Rocca, who is also an international Boxer judge. His initial response was dont worry, he stitched the aer up (3 stitches) to the coat. No pain, non bothersome and of course with the stitches the ear was up beautifully. fter the stitches were removed (twice) the ear stayed down, I went back to hm, but got discouraged, the ears were the same when I took her.

    I have a wonderful trainer who breeds Great Danes and she is taping the ear as well for me. But it just wont stay up. It breaks about 1/2 way up. Im at a loss. She eats well, vitamins, etc. I did notice that the ear was up longer that usual as she entered her first heat cycle last month. But afterwards, down again (maybe Viagra might help here) Anyway, what to do, Im going nuts! If you can recommend something I would appreciate it. Someone mentioned a fracture of the cartlidge once, but then other breeders said highly unlikely. Thanks for any input.
     
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    Before cropping, our vet suggested putting Knox gelatin on his food to encourage cartiledge growth. Rather than bracing Rowdy's ears, the vet took eyelash cement and put it on the inside of the ear. After folding the ear over on itself for support, we put masking tape around the ear to keep him from being able to scratch it. The theory is that by making his ears support themselves, the cartiledge will grow stronger. Rowdy doesn't have a "show cut", but they are normal boxer length and they were standing on their own after 2 weeks of training.
     
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    JulieM Boxer Insane

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    Sorry I didn't get back to this sooner!

    Gelatin is supposed to be good for nails so might help ears, although I've never had luck with it myself (my nails, never tried it for ears!)

    You might want to look at a stronger support. I like the foam because it's not as irritating to the dog, but we've recently been using women's foam curlers (like the pipe insulation but with a plastic rod in the center) which have been more successful.

    One thing to try would be to fold the ear at the break, in the opposite direction, and tape it. (In other words, if the ear is breaking back over the head, fold it down on the outside of the head.) Also, a thinner support so the ear is folded in more on itself (around the support) might help. The eyelash cement method is the same concept.

    I know it's frustrating, but I wouldn't think about giving up until I'd been consistently taping for at least a year.....
     
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