Can a dog with upright ears damage the cartilage in them?
I came home from work yesterday to find my yearling German Shepherd with one ear flopped loosely over. I immediately checked the ear for scratches since I have 2 cats, but couldn t find anything. The puppy can hold his ear up to listen, but it still folds over sometimes. Did he break his ear?
- 7 months ago
I think this is normal
- OcimomLv 77 months ago
Yes its possible. The ear probably will never stand up again at this point in time.
- Anonymous7 months ago
I rescued a GSD that had been kenneled (in a very small kennel) for several months. Both of her ears were damaged, and neither EVER stood up.
- bluebonnetgrannyLv 77 months ago
It may eventually stand & if it doesn't it would be a genetic fault because of poor genetics from poor breeding tactics of a stupid ignorant BYBer. If it doesn't eventually stand the cartilage is just too weak to stand. There are lots of problems with GSDs that are bred by BYBers. These poor quality dogs don't stand a chance with ignorant breeders. Your dog will have joint problems & will develop hip dysplasia. All Backyard Bred GSD get it. Reputable breeders have bred that out of their GSDs but the BYBers don't do anything to insure you have a healthy dog.
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- 7 months ago
● "Can a dog with upright ears damage the cartilage in them?"
Almost ALL things are possible - but no dog is likely to do that to ITSELF. One of my roles is to tattoo dogs' for identification - especially before microchips became compulsory. It involves fitting 6 blocks, each with about 12 needles in it, each forming a letter or a digit, into special tattooing pliars. Disinfect the ear, then squeeze the pliars so the needles go right through the ear and into the hard rubber of the other jaw of the pliars. We release the pliars then rub tattooing ink into the holes. I've never yet had an ear that didn't become fully erect - usually BEFORE the other ear erected.
● "I came home from work yesterday to find my yearling German Shepherd with one ear flopped loosely over. I immediately checked the ear for scratches since I have 2 cats, but couldn t find anything."
I doubt that any domestic cat could break the cartilage in a yearling German Shepherd Dog's ear.
Consider checking deeper in the ear's canal for an infection.
Do you know his pedigree and whether any of his 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 greatgrandparents, 16 greatgreatgrandoarents had a floppy ear?
● "The puppy"
You don't have a PUPPY - puppyhood ends the minute a pooch is 1 year old.
You correctly called him a yearling. An alternative term until he is 2 years old is JUNIOR.
● "can hold his ear up to listen, but it still folds over sometimes. Did he break his ear?"
If he can still control his ear, the problem is not yet serious - but might BECOME so.
Check his general health & interest in life in case he is ill. And DEFINITELY check that ear's canal as far as you can WITHOUT poking inside it.
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- MaxiLv 77 months ago
Typically when pups ears change like this they are likely teething of course with a GSD with pricked ears it is more noticable than with other breeds...... my BC pups ears changed daily when she was teething, on up, one down then it swapped the next day
Of course if it is not a pup and not puppy teething,then check its mouth in case of any bad/damaged teeth/sore gums and also check the ear to see if there is not a cut/scratch/red/sore which could be a potential haematoma or even mites...both of those will need a vet check up and treatment
- Julie D.Lv 77 months ago
Yes, that can happen. The only way to know if there's cartilage damage would be to take the dog to the Vet for an examination..
- PRLv 77 months ago
I would contact the vet, or the breeder. That way you will have a better answer.
- Anonymous7 months ago
Don't worry. It's normal.