We all know that French bulldogs are recognizable for their erected ears that stand on the top of their heads. However, if you’ve just bought a Frenchie puppy, then you might have a doubt whether it’s a purebred if its ears are still down. We will provide you with the best tips on how to fix your French bulldog’s ears down and when they usually become erected.
Why are my French bulldog’s ears down?
Before you fall into despair, it’s important to know that all French bulldogs are born with flopped ears. Their ears will start to perk up by the beginning of the teeth growing phase. It’s the period when the puppies go through the adolescent period. Just like teenagers, dogs also change their appearance and get the final shape by the end of the adolescence period. Sometimes, the ears can become erected in a few days, while other cases include formation that can last up to the 10th week.
Every dog grows up differently. Therefore, you shouldn’t become worried if your friend’s Frenchie got bat-shaped ears after the 4th or 5th week of age.
You can’t determine the exact time when your Frenchie will get a ‘final body shape’, so it’s best to relax and wait until the 8th month. If your French bulldog’s ears are still down, then you can try wrapping up.
It’s also important to mention that sometimes not both ears perk up at the same time. During the teething period, your French bulldog’s ears can go up, and then down again. It’s a phase that every pooch goes through differently.
French bulldog’s ears down- How to wrap up the ears?
Wrapping up the ears will speed up the process. To perform this routine, you’ll need a masking tape that is approximately 1,5-2.00 inches wide. As you start to wrap the tape around each ear, make sure they stand erected correctly.
You can leave the tape for around 4-5 days, and repeat the process as needed. When unwrapping the tape from the Frenchie’s ears, make sure you do it gently. Cut a small slit at the base and then slowly unwrap it to the top of the ears.
Does the level of calcium in a dog’s body affect the formation of the ears?
Some studies have shown that the teething phase and the unstable level of calcium can affect ears’ formation. Therefore, your vet might prescribe you a calcium injection to speed up the process. Including calcium supplements in your French bulldog’s diet is definitely not recommended. It can trigger a condition called hypercalcemia.
Hypercalcemia can be toxic to all dog’s body tissues. Major deleterious effects occur in the kidneys, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Therefore, before including any type of supplements into the dog’s diet, it’s important to consult with a vet.