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New from the folks at Neuticles: Ear implants

apronThe man who invented Neuticles – those artificial testicles designed to keep a neutered dog’s manly pride and appearance intact — is back with a new product, this one designed to keep a dog’s ears erect.

Missouri inventor Gregg Miller has created ear implants for use in dogs who have had their ears cropped, only to have them flop again.

Ear cropping — generally frowned upon by the animal welfare community — is a procedure conducted mostly at the behest of breeders and the dog show crowd to get a dog’s ears to stand up straight, as called for in some kennel club breed standards.

Because the cropping process doesn’t always take, or injuries can cause an erect ear to go floppy, Miller felt the need to create a product that, once surgically implanted, would keep a dogs ears straight — something dogs probably could care less about, though their owners sometimes do.

“PermaStay Ear Implants”  are now available on Miller’s website, Neuticles.com, along with the polypropolene testicular implants (available in original, natural and ultra plus) and silicone eye implants for cats, dogs and horses.

“The direction I’m taking now is that I want to create whatever implantable device there is for pets,” Miller told Gatehouse News Service. “Then everybody will know my company is the implant company, the eyes, the ears, the testicles, and God knows whatever else.”

Miller said he began working on the ear implants about five years ago, after requests from customers.

The ear implant is a patch of  thin surgical mesh, with a plastic spine that helps support the ear. The ear implants, like Neuticles, must be installed surgically, so that the dog’s tissue actually grows around the prosthetic.

Miller admitted there was a lot of trial and error in developing the product.

“Everything would go fine at first, five or six weeks,” Miller says. “After that, these hideous infections would develop. The ear would swell up and blood and puss would spurt out. It was horrible.”

But he (sarcasm alert) bravely (end sarcasm) pressed on, and found that by using surgical mesh, further infections were avoided. The device is $400. The surgery cost is from $300 to $600. About 40 dogs have gotten the ear implants. “The dog doesn’t even know it’s there, it’s so humane,” he said.

earings01Miller, a former newspaper editor and reporter, created Neuticles about 15 years ago. The Neuticles website also features a line of merchandise, from barbecue aprons (pictured above) to earrings made out of Neuticles.

Now there’s a gift that says … God only knows.

And one you probably need about as much as your dog needs ear implants and Neuticles.

Comments

Comment from Helen
Time January 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

I am not a show dog person but do have a great dane that had the PermaStay implants recently. Fred had one ear up and one ear down and he looked bad because of that. The implant restored his ear and he looks perfect. No one can relate to this implant until they have a dog with the problem that Mr Miller solved and no one else could. Bless Mr Miller as he restored Fred’s ears and he looks magnificent!

Comment from Jill Harness
Time January 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Well Helen, maybe your dog’s ears wouldn’t have looked funny if you just left them alone and skipped cropping them in the first place. Do you really think Fred cared that his ear was crooked anyway? You are a vain idiot who isn’t worthy of pet ownership.

Comment from Jill Harness
Time January 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

You claim no one can understand how wonderful this invention is until they have gone through a similar situation, but you know what? I have.
You want to talk about your dog looking funny? My pup got his tail broken at one point and it had to be cropped in the very middle. The hair hasn’t grown back at parts and it looks rather “Frankenstienish,” but you know what? He doesn’t give a crap how his tail looks. As a pet owner who cares about my animal, not about its looks, I don’t care how the thing looks.
If someone offered me the opportunity to make his tail beautiful again and it only required his having to go through surgery, I would immediately say no. There’s no chance I would risk an animal’s health for a vain surgery that they don’t even care about.

Comment from Bloggie Stylish
Time January 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm

and i thought that the neuticles were silly. these implants would be illegal in the show ring, so i guess that the main consumer would be people like the above helen. my dog has one ear up & one ear down. he doesn’t care and neither do i and i’m certainly not going to subject my dog to surgery for cosmetic reasons.

Comment from Carey
Time January 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

The cutest German Shepherd I ever saw had floppy ears. Everyone (in the AKC/breeding world) thought he was “inferior”. He had way more personality then they did ;)

Comment from helen
Time January 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Jill- its none of your business. so crawl back under your rock and shut up.

i would imagine your the type of pet owner who throws the dog in the backyard and forgets about him. Ill tell you my dog lives better than you or most people.

your a non-vain idiot that isn’t worthy of life.

Comment from gary
Time January 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

jill sounds like a peta freak.

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time January 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Cary, I they are illegal in the show ring. Those dogs have to have their original equipment, correctly descended and in place. I don’t know what conformation judges are doing about these. I assume their texture isn’t quite that of the original so that the judge can tell. As for appearances, I’m with you; I’ve never known a dog who gave two hoots or a holler about his looks. The idea that as they developed these ear things, there was a hapless dog “oozing blood and pus” with a terrible infection–now that sets me on edge and makes me mad. It must’ve hurt like anything. I’ve been dead set against ear cropping since the age of seven, when my parents had it done to our Boxer puppy, Buster. He was miserably uncomfortable, and I knew it, and I’ve hated the idea ever since.

Comment from Jill Harness
Time January 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Gary, yeah, anyone who cares about their pet obviously is a Peta freak.
Helen, I’m sure my dog lives a much better life than yours and is much more spoiled. On top of the excellent level of affection and care he is given, he’s not judged on how he looks. God forbid your dog have something happens to affect how poor little Frank looks, I’m sure if it does it’ll be off to the pound with him where he’ll get adopted by someone who actually likes dogs.
Now why don’t you get back into bed like the trophy wife you are.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time January 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

Call me a PETA freak. How could you not love him/her as it?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_f2ILrreUIog/SeanrvCAMLI/AAAAAAAACIg/hqUI6l7xtds/s400/floppy+ear+dailypuppy.jpg

Comment from Diana Gascon
Time July 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I sent my Pepe, a perfectly healthy and beautiful 12 month old pomeranian pup, to dog school in Bogota Colombia where we were vacationing and they brought him back to me with SURGERY in his eye……. They said he was running and hit a tree (?????). Is there an eye clinic or vet in Miami who could perform an eye implant surgery? I will appreciate any info. Please, please help.

Comment from Diana Gascon
Time July 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I sent my Pepe, a perfectly healthy and beautiful 12 month old pomeranian pup, to dog school in Bogota Colombia where we were vacationing and they brought him back to me with SURGERY in his eye……. They said he was running and hit a tree (?????). Is there an eye clinic or vet in Miami who could perform an eye implant surgery? I will appreciate any info. Please, please help.
I’m not a member. Could you please e-mail me. I couldn’t find where to suscribe.

Comment from Kina
Time September 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

Stop, please leave your dogs ears alone. My love is fighting for his life because of neuticles Ear implant. Ears are not up and there is the worst infection you ever put your eyes on. The whole ear is full of pus and bleeding it looks as if he had been in a fire. Mede are strong and hard on my dog. He won’t eat and just sleeps. Not my playful dog anymore. please pray for him and please don’t put your dog through this.

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