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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Crooked ears

My Schnauzers ears are crooked and in the book the breeder gave us it said that if they get like this you have to tape them.
Anyone ever heard of this and what tape should we use?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 09:42 AM
 
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What do you mean crooked? Is this a puppy?
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Were they cut crooked? Or do you mean flopped over??
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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They are not cut.
They flop but one flops the other way to the other one.
He is 5 months old
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 04:18 PM
 
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If they are natural and not cut they will likely never stand. You can use the popsicle sticks and tape and give it a try.
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Does it matter if they are crooked? As i'm sure you love him as he is and he's such a little cutie anyway no one would notice if he had crooked ears

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I do not want them to stand up.
They just flop at different angles.
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If you don't want them to stand then i'd just leave them be. The flopping at different angles is just how it happened. It gives him personality.

That's what I tell people who think I should have had my shepards floppy ear repaired anyway.
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I think floppy ears make a dog look more appealing especially when they look at you with their puppy dog eyes

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I think the information you were given about taping the ears is correct. The tape that is used is usually a soft athletic type tape. HOWEVER- that usually is only an issue if you were to be showing you dog in dog show. This is because there are show "standards" for each dog breed.

Now if we are talking about only keeping him as a pet- I'd leave the ears as is. Like everyone else said it gives character.

*just as a side note- taping & "setting" the ears does not in any way hurt the animal in question *
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I did not know if it might give him problems or not but if it doesnt then I will leave his little floppy ears alone
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-10-2005, 04:31 PM
 
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Taping them doesnt that mean like what they do for doberman pinschers to get their ears to stand??? I have chihuahuas and i was told if you rub the tip of their ears for 15 min 3-4 times a day that they will stand better. It worked for one of my girls. It is a lot less painless than trying to tape their ears up.
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It is similar I do believe yes ... taping the ears is not at all painless

I have never heard of rubbing the ears like that, but it makes since
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If you do decide to tape the ears please be careful not to put the tape on too tight and cause problems with blood flow to the ears. I've heard of one person taping too tightly and the dog had to have the ear amputated because circulation was cut off for too long.


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OOHH very good point Scarlette! She is right- also there is a certain kind of cloth tape that would likely be best since the ears can still breathe.
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