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Oct 29, 2002, 9:27 PM

Post #1 of 6 (2180 views)
Taping cropped ears. Can't Post

Hi everyone,

My dane pup had his ears cropped at about 3 months. The Breeder took care of him until I took him home at 5 months.At the time both the ears were standing except for the tip of his right ear which bend inwards. I tried to retape to strengthen the cartilage but I did it wrong. He scratched the contraption off. It came off worst. The ear collapsed at the mid-section. On the breeder's advice, I took him back to the vet who did the crop. He adviced that we should retape it for a period and he is confident that it will stand. He retaped both ears and had him wear an elizabethan collar. The whole contraption was bothering him to no end and after 2 weeks and 2 broken tongue depressors (which was used as a stay),I removed it. This time the ear improved but the tip still remained bent.

His ear did not stay up for long and soon the mid section collapsed again. 3 days ago I retaped his ear but did not wear him the collar. At first he did not seemed irritated but this morning, he broke the stay again.

How the ears are tape: Cloth-type bandage tape is taped to his inner and outer ear. The stay is made out of tongue depressors and the tip is wrapped with a ball of cotton to cushion the inner ear well. The stay is placed inside of the ear. Ear is stretched taut. then taped to the stay. To secure the stay further, tape is gentle applied around the tip, middle and base of ear.

Q1: what Can I do to make it more comfortable for him so that he does not scratch it off without using the elizabethan collar.

Q2: How to prevent him to scracthing his ear even with the collar?Unsure

His ears are cropped long. The vet says that if it still fails to stand in a month or so, it is better to redo the crop to mid-length. I am trying to avoid this as it is not only painful for the pup but also a real chore doing the dressing to prevent infection.

Would appreciate some advice and thanking you in anticipation.


Oct 29, 2002, 9:58 PM

Post #2 of 6 (2176 views)
Re: [HWONG] Taping cropped ears. [In reply to] Can't Post

              I know of a vet in Tmn Mega who is a specialist in cropped ears and I also have a local judge friend in Klena Jaya area with some 30 more years of taping cropped-ears.

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Oct 30, 2002, 7:24 AM

Post #3 of 6 (2152 views)
Re: [HWONG] Taping cropped ears. [In reply to] Can't Post

hi... what crop have you done on your dane?
can i share some suggestions with you.
firstly, have you had your dog's ears cleaned lately?
try cleaning them before doing any taping, maybe something is irritating the ear which is causing it to itch.
you can try taping without the tougue thingy but you have to position the ears properly before taping. this will make the dog more comfortable because there is no solid objects covering or pushed against it's ear. try not to tape from the base, just tape an inch or less below the collapse area and way to the tip. not too tight ya?
another option is to crop it shorter but kesian lor because the dog have to suffer second time.
all the best...


Oct 30, 2002, 7:35 PM

Post #4 of 6 (2139 views)
Re: [kaerb] Taping cropped ears. [In reply to] Can't Post


His ears are show crop ie Long. So the cartilage has more weight to hold up. His ears are clean and no irritation if no taping done. Just how do you support the collapsed section without any stiff object like a tongue depressor or ice cream stick? Any illustrations that you can direct me to?

Thanks and rgds.


Oct 31, 2002, 11:20 AM

Post #5 of 6 (2116 views)
Re: [HWONG] Taping cropped ears. [In reply to] Can't Post

i don't know how to explain to you....
i found a few site(s) which can describe more than what i can tell you in word.... i am not very good with expressing.... sorry ya... you can try it without the sponge illustrated
i cannot be sure whether it will work or not but you can give it a try.... i had a problem with one of my dogs too but ok already.
anyway you check this site out ok.

1) members.tripod.com/DagmarDane/id25.htm
2) www.crestars.com/ear_taping.htm
3) /kandiyohi_boxers/eartaping.html
4) www.dpca-breeders-education.com/ears9-10.htm
or you can just type 'methods of ear taping' search using search engine... i find a lot of methods and some funny ones to... like using tampons... no offence ya... hope that this can help you... i think they are more professional than me.


Nov 9, 2002, 7:19 AM

Post #6 of 6 (2090 views)
Re: [kaerb] Taping cropped ears. [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi Kaerb,

Thks for the ear taping info. I visited the Dane site members.tripod.com/DagmarDane/id25.htm and found a good solution which I am using now. For those who care to know: Instead of using tongue depressors, a piece of air-con insulation foam is used. The rest of the methodology is same as I have described in post #1. The insulation foam is stiif enough to support the ear and pliable enough in case the dog sleeps on or impacts the ear during rough play. This was a major problem as it is very painful to the dog and the tongue depressor often breaks. Also since the foam is a softer material, it does not irritate the ear and scratching is minimal. It has been 3 days since I taped him and all is well.

You can buy the hose-like insualtion foam from the air-con dealer for Rm 5 for 3 feet length. To use it cut to desired length. Then slice the hose lenghtwise into 2 to apply to 2 ears.

By the way your PB looks powerful.


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