Breath right strips, do they work?

8 replies [Last post]
ice_vixen_x's picture
User offline. Last seen 2 years 3 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-03-25
Posts:
Dobe$: 13

Pet Profiles

Our doberman, 8mo, as I've said in my previous post, is mostly having his ears stand but they are still floppy when he's moving around. We have a family emergency where we have to leave him with a friend for the next couple of weeks, she absolutely has no idea how or want to tape for us so i was wondering if since he's so close to being done, if the breath right strips would work. It's something she could do. Any advice?

DJ's Dad's picture
User offline. Last seen 5 hours 11 min ago. Offline
Joined: 2010-10-04
Posts:
Dobe$: 6379

Pet Profiles

My dog doesnt have a long crop, so I dont know if breathe rites would work on yours or not.  I occasionally use a breathe rite strip on Ziva's right ear, because when she gets really tired, that ear tends to want to flop forward.  Not a crease or a pocket, just a lazy ear muscle and it falls forward instead of standing up.  I dont like to leave it floppy for fear it will stay that way, so I 'prop it up' from inside her ear with a breathe rite strip and it works perfectly.  I thoroughly clean the inside of her ear with an alcohol wipe, let it dry, then stick the strip in her ear right at the place it folds over.  It will generally stay in 3 - 4 days before starting to loosen up just from natural oils in her ear.  Some people have suggested to glue it in there with skin bond or even eyelash glue to keep it in the ear even longer, but I havent ever done that.  If you use the breathe rites be sure to use the Extra Hold style---the regular ones just arent strong enough to hold up.  And generic brand or curved ones dont work nearly as well, either.

ice_vixen_x's picture
User offline. Last seen 2 years 3 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-03-25
Posts:
Dobe$: 13

Pet Profiles

Thank you for your input. I tried just the breath right strips but he's so good at getting tape off that the poor breath right strips didn't stand a chance against his violent head shaking to get them off. I'm thinking of getting liquid bandage to keep it on. Heh, he is just REALY tired of having things on his ears.

MyDeutzia's picture
User offline. Last seen 3 years 9 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-03-06
Posts:
Dobe$: 211

The Breath right strips work very well but you need to use the Osto-Bond with them.  The sticky part that comes on them is not enough.  You can get Osto-bond at a medical supply.  It is the glue they use for people, so it is very safe, just sticky.  There is a little brush in the cap of the bottle and you put a thin line of glue on the side where it's already sticky on the Breath right strip.  then, place it in the ear from the little nob up.   We use Osto-Bond with the pipe foam to post the ears from the beginning because you can cut it to any length, especially is you have a show cut, the tampons just aren't going to do it. 

I saw in your other post that someone said that by 6 months old the ears should be standing 100% of the time...... this is not actually true.  A show cut can take up to a year of posting depending on the wt. of the leather left on the ear.  Chai has on ear just slightly heavier than the other.  Most of the time they are both up.  When she gets tired, the one that is heavier will flop, right from the base.  But, they are both always up when we are out and about.

Let me see if I can get a couple of pictures on here....hmmmm, I haven't done this before....., OK I did it.  Here's Chai at about 4 months, with the posts in.  The other picture is when she is about 1 1/2 year old, playing with another one of our pups, Vettel, that came for boarding.  Vettel is about 6 months old in the picture.  We both used Breath right strips after the posting procedure wasn't needed anymore, just light support for a flop!

MyDobieGirl's picture
User offline. Last seen 3 years 10 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-03-04
Posts:
Dobe$: 21

We posted our dobie's ears until she was a year old.  When we removed the posts her ears stood great for a few days and then we started to notice just the very tips falling inwards.  We got breath rite strips hoping to provide a little more support for the tips...they are now sitting uselessly in the pantry and here's why:

When we tried the strips on their own she just shook them out within minutes of application.  So then we looked online and saw that people recommended different glues, osto-bond, eyelash glue, etc.  Since it would take us awhile to be able to get osto-bond, we went with eyelash glue.  It worked great at keeping the breath rite strip there but then when we went to take it off she did NOT like it.  We read online that people used mineral oil to dissolve the glue to make a painless removal but that's much easier said than done.  Even with the mineral oil it still seemed painful to her.  Oh, we also tried varying the amount of glue, minimal amount required to keep the breath rite strip there...nothing seems to make the removal process painless. 

In the end we decided to just accept her ears as is instead of putting her through all that. 

Also, while the breath rite strips were on, her ears looked great.  Once they came off her ears immediately went back to the tips curving in.  We only used breath rite strips for about a month though...but in that month, absolutely no difference. 

DJ's Dad's picture
User offline. Last seen 5 hours 11 min ago. Offline
Joined: 2010-10-04
Posts:
Dobe$: 6379

Pet Profiles

Maybe my Ziva is just used to having one of these strips put into her ear every now and then, but all I have to do is say "Ziva, let's tape your ear" and she will go into the bathroom and stand still while I use an alcohol wipe to clean her ear out and then stick the strip inside.  She never even shakes her head to try to get it out, but it usually sticks so well that even if she did, it wouldnt fall out for at least 3 days, and by then she's totally forgotten that it's even there.

Katt's picture
User offline. Last seen 2 years 46 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-02-28
Posts:
Dobe$: 101

I tried the breath right strips many years ago with no success, my Vet showed me a way using sponges and glue, it's practically a hands free process, I buy a pre cut chair sponge from wal mart, it comes cut to fit a chair seat, I then cut about 1 inch wide strips, cut those to fit the dogs ear length, then cut and shape them to fit the ears, the glue used is a cattle back tag cement (used for animals so its non toxic) I get it from my local stockyard, but probally can be purchased at a Tractor Supply. it is a very sticky glue and dries fast, you need to make sure the sponges go into the ear and the ear is pulled up straight, after that,,, just leave em alone, most sponges will last up to 2 weeks, you'll need to change them then unloess they have came loose due to pup scratching or other pups biting on them, gonna try to post some pics of some of my pups for an examle, for any further info email me at tatu62@suddenlink.net and I'll send you my phone number so I can answer any questions you may have, don't worry,,, I'm NOT charging for this info!!! I've had a few people ask. 

Katt's picture
User offline. Last seen 2 years 46 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-02-28
Posts:
Dobe$: 101

Katt's picture
User offline. Last seen 2 years 46 weeks ago. Offline
Joined: 2011-02-28
Posts:
Dobe$: 101

I never liked the posting and the tape because the tape never allowed the wound to breath, with the tape I always had moist ears and constant care, with the sponges, the wound gets all the air needed to dry them up and heal quickly! I never needed to put medicine or nothing! Only had to mess with them when replacing sponges. The sponges brace the ears so are great for training, the longer the ear the more time is needed for the sponges. After the ear is healed, I take the sponges out for a while and just watch the ears, if they seem to flop a little I replace the sponges for a while, continue that until the ears dont flop, the older the pup the longer it takes! feel free to contact me for more info    tatu62@suddenlink.net