Retape after 12–24 hours after leaving the ears out of the cassettes. Up until the age of six months, Collie and Sheltie puppy ears should be taped. In order to preserve a proper tip in show puppies after six months, it is still advised to have the ears taped over, but the cross brace should be removed.
When is it too late to tape a dog’s ears?
Many letters about taping German Shepherd puppy ears come to me. Most of the folks who send these emails are overreacting and worrying excessively. That is to say, they are beginning to fear because their puppy’s ears are not standing at the age of 3 or 4 months. I advise these people to exercise patience and wait till their dog’s teething is completely over.
I warn these people against getting impatient and incorrectly or prematurely taping the dog’s ears. I know folks who have permanently damaged their dog’s ears by doing this. Customers who buy puppies from me sometimes become furious and frightened. So let me warn you right now.
Having said that, many people don’t consider the negative aspects of taping ears seriously until it’s too late. There is virtually little possibility of success when ears are taped at 7 and 8 months. This is a regrettable reality.
Between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months, German Shepherd puppies’ ears can develop. I advise my puppy customers to become very interested in their ears if they are not awake when the dog has finished teething (this varies from dog to dog but generally between 16 and 20 weeks of age). While there is no need to panic, now is the moment to pay attention.
Make sure your dog is healthy before doing anything else. No intestinal parasites exist as a result. To have a feces sample examined, take it to your veterinarian. Making sure the puppy eats nutritious food is also crucial. We feed and advocate a raw diet, but if you choose to feed a commercial diet, I strongly advise doing your homework and giving the best food you can afford. View our selection of natural kibble substitutes.
Ears frequently don’t open until a baby is between 4 1/2 and 5 months old. In fact, as a puppy starts to teeth, it frequently has both ears up for a brief period before dropping them. When this occurs, many owners become alarmed. Not to worry though, I’ve never seen a puppy whose ears didn’t pop back up when this happened.
I firmly advise you to start taping your dog’s ears if a puppy’s ears are not up by five months.
- Use the paper-thin, white surgical tape that is prone to tearing. The 2″ wide 3M Micropore tape performs wonderfully. I enjoy using female hair rollers. Remove the plastic and utilize only the foam.
- Tape the foam and ear together to form a tight roll. vertically positioned.
- Using a popsicle stick, fasten the tops of both ears. horizontally positioned.
- The puppy will repeatedly rip the tape or pull the ears off. The secret is to keep re-taping the ears. The dog will eventually forget about and disregard the tape.
- Take the tape off once a week to check if the ears can stand up on their own. Retape until the ears stand still.
- The ears won’t come up if they aren’t up by 7 or 8 months.
I have witnessed ears that should have stood if they had been taped, but they did not. Therefore, it is important to not take this process lightly.
I should also mention that many ears will initially be a little weak after taping, but they will eventually become stronger. Therefore, do not become alarmed if one ear does not stand exactly after taping. Simply be patient and observe what transpires. Up until the dog is 12 months old, you won’t really know what you have.
There are ear implants that can be surgically implanted when ears do not stand. I have no knowledge of them and no experience with this. I would direct you to a veterinarian who has some experience in this field if you are unfortunate enough to own a dog whose ears won’t stand. It’s not something that typical small animal veterinarians are skilled at, in my opinion.
Can you tape the ears of an elderly dog?
The second installment in a two-part series on Carol’s unique methods for senior dogs with longer ears. For older dogs that have outgrown their tampons, this is a fantastic technique. Additionally, it is more robust, which makes it ideal if you have numerous dogs in the house or an active dog who frequently breaks tampons or relentlessly scratches them.
This method ought to be applied after you’ve been using tampons to post for a while (see previous article). Tampons should be used first since they will provide the ear shape, which will add stability and aesthetic appeal.
Make sure you have all necessary materials before you begin by:
- A Doberman that needs its ears taped.
- Athletic Tape, Johnson and Johnson Zonas, or a comparable breathable cloth tape It is not permissible to use ordinary drugstore tape. The optimal size is one inch, although two inches can be used if you cut them in half down the middle.
- a tape measure, preferably the common metal workshop version with a width of around 3/4 inch.
- skin contact (available from JB Pet Supplies )
- Actually, all you need is the cork from a bottle of your favorite wine, but why miss out on this ideal chance to savor a superb wine?
- a supporter.
You can get ready by making your posts and your tape while the ears are drying. The first step is to take a measurement from the top of the pup’s ear to the nub of cartilage (see images).
After marking the length, cut two equal lengths of tape measure that are one-half inch longer than the ears. To avoid potential harm, round off all sharp and potentially dangerous edges.
The cork needs to be prepared next (hopefully you have finished your bottle of wine by now). The cork should be divided in half twice: once lengthwise and once through the center (see images). Make sure once more to avoid leaving any sharp edges!
Next, attach a lengthy piece of tape to the inside of each of your two posts. Take another piece of tape and attach it to the back of that one by taping it to the posts (the sticky side needs to be out on the second tape). Following that, split it in half between the two posts. (I’m glad there are images…)
The pieces of cork are then taped together using “back taping” in accordance with the process. Once more, the adhesive side must be removed.
When your puppy is ready, have your helper hold him (or her) tightly enough to prevent excessive wriggling.
The inside of the ear should first be extensively coated with Skin Bond. Next, extend the ear over the sticky side of your post and firmly press it into place. Finally, cover the top of the ear with the extra tape (being extremely careful not to bend the tip).
The cork must now be added to the post’s base to give it form. Apply some skin adhesive to the bottom of the post, the ear, and the cork. Insert the cork with the curve facing the ear. Finally, to hold the cork in place and give the ear some shape, gently wrap a piece of tape around the ear.
Repeat the procedure on the other ear once you’ve completed the first, then go on to bracing.
You will need to brace the ears as a last step. Start by placing a long piece of tape over the top of the head and looping it around one of the ears at the base of the skull (see photo). After that, do the same thing to the opposite ear. The brace should hold the ears just below vertical. It’s crucial that they aren’t pointed inward toward one another.
Then you’re done! Since nothing is in the ear, your puppy will probably prefer this approach to the tampon method. In comparison to tampons, it is also lighter and gives the puppy more control over their ears.
Is gluing a dog’s ears cruel?
While humans can choose not to get cosmetic surgery, dogs are not as fortunate. We make the decisions for them, and frequently those decisions involve cruel, pointless operations like ear-cropping and tail-docking. To brand particular breeds as “Uncaring veterinarians subject dogs to brutal, disfiguring procedures that result in tremendous misery for the animals.
When a dog is only 8 to 12 weeks old, their ears are typically clipped. The trauma of the surgery might have a significant psychological effect on the maturing pup at this point in their development. It might be excruciating for the dog to have their ears taped repeatedly to make them stand up straight after being clipped.
The tails of puppies are typically docked when they are only a few days old. In most cases, they don’t even receive any anesthetics to ease the discomfort of having their tails amputated. Compassionate veterinarians are against the willful removal of bodily parts that are necessary for expression, balance, and communication.
It is absurd to execute medically pointless operations that merely support the perception that dogs are ornaments for fashion. Breeders who fear that “their breed will be “ruined” if it does not uphold the image passed down by parent breed groups decades ago also promote this image through the American Kennel Club’s dog beauty pageants.
Many European countries have outlawed these operations because they are so brutal. For instance, ear-cropping was prohibited by British kennel organizations a century ago, and cosmetic tail-docking was prohibited in the country in 1993.
Sadly, some vets still think it’s acceptable to mutilate a dog whose owner is ready to pay for it. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Tail docking and ear clipping are not medically necessary nor beneficial for the patient. As with any surgical operations, these procedures come with inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection. They also induce discomfort and agony. Therefore, before consenting to conduct these surgeries, doctors should talk with dog owners about these issues.
A significant quantity of laryngeal tissue is removed during the invasive surgical process known as debarking, also known as devocalization. It involves a lot of post-operative pain. Many veterinarians abhor and refuse to carry out this unnecessary and intrinsically cruel surgery.
Don’t look to debarking as a solution if your dog has a barking issue. Instead, address the issue as what it is: a sign of loneliness and boredom! There are many quick and efficient fixes:
- The most important thing is to bring your dog into the house, where companion animals belong, if they spend the entire day outside by themselves in a yard.
- To find a dog walker, doggie daycare, or dog park where dogs are free to talk as much as they like, contact your veterinarian or the local humane organization.
- You should probably employ a lawyer if the court has ordered you to debark, put your dog to sleep, or move.
- Write a letter to the editor of your community newspaper to draw attention to harsh debarking.