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Have been combing through the Forum since I got Olive almost 6 weeks ago. Have learned a ton, and am loving all the posts. Olive will be 12 weeks this Saturday ( did not know she was only 6 weeks old when i got her) and is learning a lot. I think I am going to tape her ears this weekend. They are standing, but one is not straight at all.

I was thinking that I would put some gelatin in her food for a while if you guys think that would be ok. She eats 1 cups of natural balance sweet potato and venison in the morning, and night.
Look forward to your thoughts.


  • Gelatin is good and my pups that are 16 months old are still on it

    Yes I would tape her ears for a few days

    She is beautiful and wonderful :)
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  • Check it in a day or two and get her on the gelatin

    She looks great
  • TDISDTDISD South Dakota
    After two days there hasn't been much improvement. Retaped this morning, and will check in a couple days. Mixing the gelatin In some cottage cheese. Tried to just mix with dry food, and ended up in a pretty funny predicament with gelatin packed everywhere!
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  • TDISDTDISD South Dakota
    Also seems impossible to tape the one ear straight any tips
  • They don’t have to be perfect and just don’t make it too tight

    Check them often and give it Time
  • BulliesofNCBulliesofNC Richlands, NC

    - Steve Gogulski
    "It's not just a Dog, it's a Bull Terrier!"
  • Benefits of gelatin

    Feeding your dog gelatin has many health benefits. The main amino acid in gelatin is glycine, which carnivores normally get from eating the tendons, skin and cartilage of their prey. If you decide to add gelatin to your dog’s diet, the gelatin MUST be sugar free and fat free. The only two gelatins I personally recommend using are Great Lakes Gelatin and Knox Gelatin. Knox Gelatin is better used for small dogs than large dogs, as the amount needed for large dogs would require larger amounts of the gelatin and would be more costly, however can still be used for large dogs. Great Lakes Gelatin can be fed to all sizes of dogs, and this is the brand I recommend most.

    The main benefits of feeding your dog gelatin are:
    •Protects against seizures and brain damage
    •Has anti-inflammatory actions that can reduce painful inflammation
    •Supports a healthy digestive system
    •Is fat free, cholesterol free and sugar free
    •Helps harder the toe nails
    •Supports cartilage growth and development, especially in the joints and ears
    •Can help prevent arthritis, arthrosis and other degenerative joint disorders and diseases
    •Strengthens tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones
    •Supports a good coat, good skin and blood cell growth
    •Increases alertness and energy
    Things to know about using gelatin:
    •NEVER use regular/dessert gelatin, such as Jello
    •Sweeteners in regular/dessert gelatin can cause seizures and death
    •The gelatin is most beneficial if fed from an early age as a preventative to avoid joint problems in the future, but can start being fed at any age which will still improve health
    The gelatin is fed as a powder, sprinkled over your dog’s food. However, you can also make the gelatin and turn it into its jelly-form and feed it to your dog as a fun treat. It is easier to use Knox Gelatin for the treats, as it already comes in packets and directions for use. Pour the mixed liquid into ice cube trays and put in the fridge until it is chilled and reaches its jellied form. You can also put small pieces of apple, carrot, blueberries and other healthy foods in the ice tray before you put it in the fridge to harden. One pack of Knox Gelatin may require more than one ice cube tray, but they can be easily stored in a sealed container in the fridge. Putting a piece of plastic wrap between each layer can allow you to stack the pieces on top of each other without them all sticking together. Remember, although you are using gelatin for the treats, you do not have to reduce the amount of the powdered form you add to your dog’s food. A dog’s diet should not be changed because of treats, regardless of what the treat is made up, whether is it gelatin, chicken, beef, etc. Adding a little extra gelatin will not harm you dog at all, the serving size is just a general idea as to how much is needed to benefit your dog.
    Gelatin Serving Chart
    Dog’s Weight Serving
    10-25 pounds ½ teaspoon
    25-50 pounds 1 teaspoon
    50-75 pounds 2 teaspoons
    75-100 pounds 1 tablespoon
    100+ pounds 1 ¼ tablespoon
    **Feed as a powder twice a day. Serving size is per meal, not per day.
    Most packages of Knox Gelatin come in packets of 4, so you will find it easier to buy a few boxes at a time and combine it all into a container or re-sealable bag.
  • TDISDTDISD South Dakota
    JParanee Thank you for all the info, I did not know that gelatin was that beneficial.
    The ear taping has been going well. the one ear is still a little off, but I haven't taped it during the week (without supervision she pulls it off pretty quick) think after this next weekend it should be in good shape. Thanks again for the info it is appreciated.
  • Thanks ! and WOW I had no idea. The more energy thing is slightly terrifying though :-O
  • Guys I just copied and pasted it from a source I found but it is all true :)
  • TDISDTDISD South Dakota
    Little Miss Olive's ears are looking much better. Thanks for the help!!
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  • My...what big ears you have!
    The better to hear you open the fridge my dear! :))
  • TDISDTDISD South Dakota
    Hey I could use some advice.

    I would have started a new thread, but I think there is some folks subscribed to this already.

    Olive has been losing some teeth lately. Nothing abnormal, but tonight she broke her upper right canine off (posted a picture below) does not seem to be painful. I can clearly see half the tooth still in the gum, and what seems to be a vein (root?) This was most definitely a baby tooth but it is very solid!! So I guess the question is if I should take her in? Or just keep an eye on it? I'm sure the adult tooth will eventually push the broken tooth out, but definitely don't want her in pain or get an infection.

    Thanks in advance
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