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Inventor Of Artificial Dog Testicles Creates Canine Ear Implants For Floppy Ears

Image: Adam Vogler/The ExaminerImage: Adam Vogler/The Examiner 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.

 

Photo credit: jsmjr (Flickr)Photo credit: jsmjr (Flickr)

 

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.

 

References:  The Evening Telegram Weird News, Patriot Ledger, DoggiesParadise, American Kennel Club, DVM 360, Stop The Crops, Breeds That Crop

 

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Comments
Jan 8, 2010
by Anonymous

Neuticles and PermaStay

"Lady Bee" - its obvious that you have a bee up your butt- or several.

Before you post things you should get your facts straight as your
slanderous post is riddled with false information and biased drivol.

Lets first start with Neuticles. They are not plastic- but FDA medically
approved polypropylene. This less expensive model became outdated
with the introduction of solid silicone Neuticles which make up over 90%
of sales which have exceeded 345,000 pets in all 50 states and 49 countries
Worldwide.

Neuticles encourage neuter hesitant pet owners to neuter that simply would
not before. As a result, pet overpopulation is being reduced and those Neuticled
pets are living longer, happier and healthier lives. I'm sorry you have a problem
with that as you obviously favor pet over population.

PermaStay was developed due to overwhelming Worldwide consumer demand.
It is the first product of its type that is humane and painless. For you to compare
it to ear croppings again shows your lack of intellegence and twisted thought process.

You use the word "cosmetic" as if it was evil. I suppose you're also opposed to humans having procedures that make them look better? This is still a free country and definately falls into the 'mind your own business' catagory.

Get a life " lady bee" and above all get your facts straight because you are making a fool of yourself and just may end up in court getting sued for defamation.

Jan 8, 2010
by Anonymous

Cosmetic surgery on pets

"You use the word "cosmetic" as if it was evil. I suppose you're also opposed to humans having procedures that make them look better?"

Humans can choose to have cosmetic surgery. Do animals have a choice? People are fond of saying animals give us unconditional love. It's too bad we don't return the favor. People are way too concerned with looks. The animals don't care what we look like. Why should we care what they look like? We should love them as they are, not make them into something they are not.

Jan 8, 2010
by Anonymous

thats your right as a pet

thats your right as a pet owner but dont run down and
degrade those that want their pets to look their best.

frankly, i think dogs with one ear up and one flopped over
looks goofy. i think mr miller's invention is a god send and
congratulate him for creating a product the works safely
and above is humane.

as for the author of the this news story she sounds like
a bitter old #itch.

Jan 8, 2010
by Anonymous

Thank you Mr. Miller

While I felt Ladybee was pretty respectful of Mr. Miller and his company, I think the first reply did more to harm the company's reputation than the initial article. Threatening a lawsuit for defamation and writing antagonistic responses usually makes me more likely to respect a company. OH WAIT, no it doesn't.

Thank you Mr. Miller for saving the world one dog testicle and one floppy ear at a time.

Jan 9, 2010
by Anonymous

This product is obscenly stupid

Why not go tattoo your pets or pierce their ears? It's the same damn thing and can result in infections just like cropping or these implants can. If your dog doesn't care that he's missing his balls then he certainly won't care if he has big floppy ears. Anyone who says opposite or who calls Lady Bee a b*tch for caring about animals is a superficial sadist.

Jan 9, 2010
by Anonymous

What's left to invent, doggy

What's left to invent, doggy permarections made of polypropylene we later upgrade to silicone? Why can't we admit some things are just rediculous even if there are people who will spend money on it. If I ever have to have a testical removed I wonder if I can get a cheap prosthesis by going to the vet and pretending I'm a great dane. What a hoot.

Jan 9, 2010
by Anonymous

I love how society screams

I love how society screams and badgers to neuter and when someone
creates an alternative or option to the traditional method of neutering
they make light of it.

im glad there are Neuticals and if it helps people neuter their pets and stops
pet over population then its wonderful.

Jan 9, 2010
by Anonymous

i disagee. i felt the

i disagee.

i felt the author of the story was hateful and very biased. she called him a 'basement inventor' but failed to mention he has a 28,000 sq ft home on 35 acres according to a USA TODAY story which profiled his business when he won the ig Nobel Peace Prize for medicine.

i do agree with the post above. i have a jack russell terrier and all i hear from the vet is NEUTER NEUTER NEUTER and when i take Charlie to the dog park Im looked at
like a criminal because Charlie hasn't been altered. I do plan on nutering him with Neuticles when Im good and ready. Im grateful that my dog can maintain his look and I for one would not neuter otherwise.

Jan 9, 2010
by Anonymous

My Great Dane got PermaStay

My Great Dane got PermaStay implants because one ear bent in the middle. The product worked perfectly. i dont give a crap what anyone thinks about it as she is my dog and likley lives better than most people do.

Jan 9, 2010
by Anonymous

geez!

I'm sure glad the inventor has a big home!

Jan 10, 2010
by Anonymous

ladybee- you're wayyyyyyyoff

ladybee- you're wayyyyyyyoff base here. anyone who creates a product
that encourages neutering should be applauded and not belittled.
what is wrong with you?

perhaps jealosy?

Jan 10, 2010
by Anonymous

Neuticles don't promote neutering

They promote vanity and insecurity. There's no reason to not get your dog neutered the old fashioned way other than not liking how it looks or feeling too insecure with your own manhood to see a dog not have balls. Grow up and accept that your dog doesn't care if he has implants or not.

Jan 10, 2010
by Anonymous

Both products are unecessary

People should really start treating their dogs like dogs and not like miniaturized versions of humans. They are not our "babies" they are our pets. To treat them like humans robs them of their true nature. They are animals and should be respected as animals. Just because WE want them to look a certain way does not make it ok. We have tampered with nature enough as it is. We have pugs and pekingese that cannot breath normally. We have bulldogs that must give birth via c-section because their heads have been bred to be so large. Setting these arbitrary standards is what makes dogs in this country high-strung, overbred and ultimately turned in to shelters because the person who wanted the dog for their "look" doesn't know the first thing about actually owning a dog.

Ear-cropping is cruel and unnecessary. Deliberately disfiguring a living creature for your own selfish vanity is something that you should be ashamed of. I hope they outlaw it soon like they did in Europe. Are you the kind of person who would love their dog less just because their ears don't stand up? If so, I pity you and your dog.

Jan 10, 2010
by Anonymous

UGH

It's so disgusting that this dude invented things solely for human vanity! Dogs who are altered don't miss having testicles (I'm sure of it) and there's no point to dock ears or tails other than to fit some human-invented breed standard. It's sickening!

Jan 10, 2010
by Anonymous

wow

I agree with an earlier poster. Neuticals do not promote neutering, if you need your dog to have them then you are insecure. Neutering early decreases the chance of cancer and most older unaltered dogs end up getting such a large prostate that they can't pee or poop well.
As for these things to fix ear croppings...good luck finding a quality vet who will do it anymore. The AVMA now has recommended that veterinarians no longer perform this service as it not necessary. Frankly anesthesia should never be taken lightly and sometimes these can take multiple surgeries. There can be a lot of complications as well and if done wrong the dog can actually lose it's ears. Why put a dog through the pain and rish of surgery if it is not necessary?
Neuticals are a big joke in the veterinary world. Personally, one of the things that gross me out are big, old, saggy dog balls. Get over it, dogs don't need balls and they most certainly don't need their ears cut so that they look a certain way. Personally I prefer my boxers, schnauzers, great danes, and dobies with floppy ears as they are cuter and happier. It's on the way out, good luck holding on.

Jan 11, 2010
by Anonymous

I wouldnt have neutered had

I wouldnt have neutered had it not been for neuticles. ive neutered other dogs and they know they're missing. whoever doesnt use neuticles are either uncaring pet owners or are just too cheap to get them

Jan 11, 2010
by Anonymous

To "UGH"

You're " sure of it"? lol !!!!

well mr Im sure of it- would your dog "not know" if his
leg got cut off or his tail or his nose? of course he would so why not a familiar body part he has paid so much attention to up until neutering?

its amazing how some people think dogs are so stupid they dont know they have been altered. if i was a dog id sure hate to have you as my owner.

Jan 11, 2010
by Anonymous

Do you really think implants trick them

If you're so certain that dogs notice that they're missing their balls, do you really think they don't think neuticles are different than their own body parts?

If you're going to compare neutering your dog to its losing a leg, then don't you think neuticles are like its having a prosthetic leg? Do you really think your dog wouldn't notice that? It's a stupid argument anyway. You don't use your testicles to get around do you? I lost my tonsils and my wisdom teeth and I don't notice them.

And if it's so important to your dog to have all of its body parts, then why doesn't this jackass invent something to help fill in a spayed dog's uterus? Seems a little sexist to think that only male dogs know what they're missing.

If you ask me, all of these comments supporting this idiotic idea are all put up by a handful of people who work for neuticles.

Jan 11, 2010
by Anonymous

By the way

If your dog does know his testicles are gone then shouldn't he be bothered by the chunk of his ear missing after your crop it?

Jan 11, 2010
by Jill Harness
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Dogs don't care how they look

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.

Jan 11, 2010
by Anonymous

Jill how do you know he

Jill

how do you know he doesnt care? does he talk to you? lol

Jan 11, 2010
by Anonymous

Obviously he talks to me

Otherwise how could ANYONE tell their dog was happy. After all, wagging tails and happy faces don't mean anything.

Jan 12, 2010
by Jill Harness
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That was by me

The last anon was me.

Jan 12, 2010
by Anonymous

Thanks DR. Volger

My boyfriend lost one of his balls after going cow tipping last year. We were able to replace it down in Mexico using a neutical. It was a good thing too because I wasn't about to bee with a one balled freeak.

 

Now we can even yuse his new invention to cure his occassional impotancy. Yay!!!

Jan 13, 2010
by Anonymous

Okay....dogs aren't people.

Okay....dogs aren't people. This has been said already and is said all the time, but its one of those things that must be repeated. They don't know when they are missing 'parts' down there, they aren't the human male with the human ego. My boy dogs are simply nutered, and still hump and act the same as as before. And they have less chances for diseases and etc. win win.

The idea that the dog 'knows' is just not correct. It is a dog. and as smart as our
dogs are.....they don't think like we do, they are still animals, and no they don't
know or care.

As for the nueticals, I don't have a big problem with people using them......

Oh, I definitly think they are pointless to the dog though, since(apologies for repeating myself) the dog does not know he does not have testicles anymore...so simply they are only for the owner's comfort. I don't know a single person, other than the few who have posted here, that don't burst out laughing when they hear about them. But if thats the worst thing done to a dog, thats better then all the dogs in the world being put to sleep, I guess.

Even if it is ridiculous.

Jan 4, 2012
by Anonymous

Ear implants

You guys are morons if the dog doesn't know or care about his balls being chopped off then he ain't gonna give a crap if he gets his ears cropped, implanted, or tied to the floor

Obviously it's your dog there are no
Health benefits whatsoever to chopping a dogs balls off period it's a lie that the veterinarian world has created or humane society's or whatever to
Control the dog population in fact there is not one study to prove otherwise (in other words of the thousand of study's proving other wise I'll find you 10,000 to contrast it)
Do what makes you happy pets serve us just don't treat them like garbage
If you want your dog to look nice impant his ears

Sincerely German shepherd lover