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The inventor of the famous Neuticles (plastic testicles for dogs that made Number 2 on my list of dumbest pet products) has come out with his second dog prosthesis: PermaStay Ear Implants for dogs. Oh, they're not about helping your dog hear better; they're about perking up floppy ears.
Ear cropping is a procedure conducted mostly by breeders to get a dog's ears to conform to the standard for their breeds. Very simply put, it is done to make their ears stand up.
Gregg Miller, the basement inventor from Oak Grove, MO, created ear implants for the ears that fail to stand up straight, even after they are cropped. He claims he's had about 1,000 demands for the implant. So he spent the last five years trying to perfect the implant so that it would not infect a dog's ear as the ear tissue incorporates it. His patent pending device, though now ready for sale at $400, requires veterinary surgery that will cost, according to his estimates from $300 - $500.
Miller claims that a dog doesn't even feel the implant in his ear. Problem is dogs do feel a lot of pain for a long time after the cropping. When ears are cropped at the early age of 7 - 12 weeks, many nerve endings are severed. They take time to heal and have a harder time healing because their ears are taped "in position" for eight weeks or more subsequently.
But sometime after the tape is removed, it may be discovered, as it is in about 20 percent of the cases, that the ear droops anyway... that the ear is broken.
Ear cropping and tail docking are, in fact, considered inhumane by many animal rights organizations in the U.S., including the Humane Society. Vets are not even trained to conduct these procedures and the American Veterinary Medical Association has strongly opposed ear cropping, tail docking, and other primarily cosmetic procedures. Many European and other countries have totally banned ear cropping and tail docking.
Ear cropping is 100 percent cosmetic. It is done to comply with the American Kennel Club (AKC) standards on the shape and size the ears of each breed should show. If owners want to make any money from their show dogs, they will make sure their dogs meet the breed specifications, even though the dog's progeny will also be born with non-breed standard ears.
Which brings me back to Mr. Miller's PermaStay Ear Implants... Good luck with these Mr. Miller. They seem to do the job. And there probably is a greater demand for stand-up ears than for plastic testicles in the dog breeding world, as the AKC wants the real testicles left on.
That's the buzz for today!