Ear cropping is an elective procedure that has been practiced for many years. The procedure involves removing a portion of the dog’s pinna (ear flap) to attain optimal symmetry with the other ear. Dogs that are cropped can be shown in conformation events, but also make excellent pets. The rationale behind the procedure is to create an ear with a pleasing shape and size. Properly done, the ears will stand erect with only light manual support. This will improve the overall appearance of the dog.
Ear cropping involves reshaping the pinna by removing part or all of it. The timing of this procedure is important in order to achieve optimal cosmetic results. The timing is breed-specific because the length of the ear flap grows at different rates among breeds (Table 2). For example, Great Dane puppies can be cropped as early as 7 weeks of age whereas Boxer puppies should not be cropped until they are approximately 4 months old due to differences in ear growth rate.
The procedure is generally performed by a veterinary surgeon using general anesthesia, and it is key that the veterinarian performs this surgery in an operating room. This is to minimize the potential for injury to both the patient and personnel should complications arise while undergoing ear cropping surgery.
Why would you crop a dog’s ears?
Ear cropping is an elective procedure, so it is performed because the owner wants the dog to have cropped ears. Dogs with their ears cropped are more acceptable in some breeds than dogs with natural, uncropped ears. For example, Doberman Pinschers must be cropped if they are shown in conformation events. However, many owners elect to crop the ears of other breeds without having any intentions of showing them. It is important to realize that not all dogs with cropped ears will be shown, nor do they need to be shown.back to menu ↑
What are the health risks associated with ear cropping?
Ear cropping can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthetic with sedation. The procedure is considered to be safe when performed by an experienced surgeon. However, there are inherent risks associated with surgery in all patients. These risks include but are not limited to anesthesia reactions, bleeding, infection, and failure to achieve the desired cosmetic results.back to menu ↑
What types of ear cropping procedures are performed?
Ear cropping procedures vary depending on the age of the Dog, breed and ear shape desired. Great Danes puppies are cropped when they are 3-5 months old. The procedure usually consists of trimming the pinna to make it shorter, making it more likely to stand erect without any manual support. Sometimes, some dogs will need their ear canals reshaped so that the ear is more narrow. This will prevent any water from entering the ear canal, which could lead to a middle or inner ear infection. The ideal ear should have a triangular shape with a broad base and rounded tips
In contrast, Boxers are cropped when they are 4-6 months old. At this age, the ears have stopped growing and so altering their shape at this time will result in a more natural-looking ear with better symmetry. The procedure for Boxers is often more extensive than it is for Great Danes. It usually involves removing all or part of the pinna as well as resecting (removing) part of the ear canal. The remaining skin and cartilage are then shaped to attain a natural, erect ear
Breeds such as Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and some others are cropped between 4-8 months of age. These breeds require more extensive surgery because pinnae must be cropped shorter and the ear canal needs to be wider than it is for Boxers.
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Do cropping dogs’ ears help?
There will always be a debate about whether a dog’s ears should be cropped or not. Many people think that cropping dogs’ ears prevent ear problems, but this is actually unlikely since the procedure to crop dogs’ ears does not prevent ear infections. In fact, studies show that Boxers with their ears cropped are more likely to experience an ear infection. It is not clear why this happens, but it may have something to do with the fact that ear infections are generally more common in dogs with upright ears.
Ear cropping does not resolve behavior problems or prevent other future complications. The same precautions should be taken for cropped ears as for uncropped ears; the ears should always be monitored for signs of infection.back to menu ↑
What are the average costs associated with ear cropping?
The cost of ear cropping varies depending on your location, but it is usually between $200-$500 dollars per ear. The cost will likely be more expensive if additional procedures (such as tissue flaps or pinnae tacking) are performed.back to menu ↑
What are the long-term health effects of ear cropping?
There is no long-term health effects associated with cropping ears. The recovery time is usually 1-2 weeks, assuming that the dog does not damage its ears after it leaves the veterinary office.back to menu ↑
Is it ethical to crop dogs’ ears??
Ear cropping is not an ethical procedure. The surgery is performed for cosmetic purposes and has no medical benefits. There are also potential risks associated with the surgery that may not be immediately apparent (such as hearing loss and infection). It can become even more controversial because ear cropping cats and other animals are illegal in some states in the US.back to menu ↑
How can I crop my dog’s ears at home??
Ear cropping is a surgical procedure that should be performed by an experienced Veterinarian. Even if you are surgically inclined, ear cropping at home can be dangerous and even deadly for your dog.
Do you know of any scientific studies where dogs’ ears have been successfully cropped at home?
There have not been any published studies that successfully cropped dogs’ ears at home. There are, however, many studies about ear cropping in dogs without anesthesia or post-surgery pain relief.back to menu ↑
How long does it take for ear cropping to heal?
Ear cropping will generally take about 1-2 weeks to fully heal. The sutures should be removed after 5-7 days for Boxers and 7-10 days for other breeds. Ears may also need time to adjust to the body’s changing temperatures, so it is important that dogs are not allowed outside until they have healed. It is also possible for wounds to become re-infected before they have healed, so it is important that dogs are monitored by their owners.back to menu ↑
Is there anything I can do to prevent infection in my dog’s ears after ear cropping?
It is not much you can do to prevent infection in your dog’s ears after ear cropping. It is important that ears are monitored for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or excessive odor. If your dog’s ears have been cropped and he/she exhibits any of these signs, go to a Veterinarian immediately.
I’ve heard about a procedure where dogs’ ears are pinned back after cropping at home. What is this procedure?
This procedure is called pinnae tacking. Pinnae tacking involves the Veterinarian suturing the ear flaps to the dog’s head so that they will not move or flap while they heal. Ear tacking may be performed in addition to ear cropping. It depends on whether you want to have your dog’s ears cropped to stand up or hang down.back to menu ↑
Can ear cropping be fatal if a dog moves a certain way?
Although it is possible for dogs to move a certain way and damage their healing ears, this is unlikely as long as they are monitored by their owners. Do not allow dogs to jump on furniture, stairs, or beds until their ears have fully healed.back to menu ↑
What dog breeds get ears cropped?
The most common dog breeds for ear cropping are Boxers, Dobermans, Great Danes, and Bulldogs. Other breeds include Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, and Poodles.back to menu ↑
Can ear cropping be done on a puppy?
Ear cropping can technically be performed on a puppy as long as the dog is large enough for general anesthesia to be used. It is advised that puppies have their ears cropped before they are 8 months old before their ears stop growing.
When is the best time for ear cropping?
Ear cropping should be performed on dogs who are at least 8 weeks old, but no older than 6 months old.back to menu ↑
What happens after ear cropping?
After ear cropping, dogs are usually sent home with pain relief medication to make them comfortable. It is also important that the ears are monitored for signs of infection. Dogs should be kept on soft dog food diets to avoid pressure on their healing ears.
Many people express outrage over-ear cropping in dogs despite all of the statistical evidence that shows it does not cause problems for them later in life. What do you think about this?
It is hard to say what exactly causes so much outrage over-ear cropping. Dogs who have their ears cropped are statistically healthier than dogs who do not – it may be because people think of ear cropping as cruel or unnecessary, despite the studies that show otherwise. It seems like ear cropping is an issue people feel passionately about, although it is not clear why.
Ear cropping is a surgical procedure where the dog’s ears are cut off and stitched back up in order to change how they look. It has been practiced for dozens of centuries, with the most recent modern-day popularity starting in the early 20th century. Ear cropping can either be done by an experienced Veterinarian or at home with the use of a sharp object. It is typically done on puppies around 8 weeks old, but it can be performed on older dogs as well. The surgery usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, and stitches are taken out within 7-10 days for most breeds. Boxers’ stitches are removed after 5-7 days. Ear cropping is usually done for cosmetic purposes, but some dogs get their ears cropped to prevent them from being torn during fights. Rottweilers are known for this type of ear cropping. Dogs who have had their ears cropped can still move them after the surgery, despite the fact that they look very different than before.
Ear cropping has been known to take place for dozens of centuries. The Ancient Egyptians are known for cropping their dogs’ ears in order to prevent them from being torn during fights with other animals, similar to Rottweilers today. Ear cropping gained modern popularity in the early 20th century when breeders wanted Doberman Pinschers to look more symmetrical.
Today, ear cropping is done for cosmetic purposes only. Many breeds of dogs are cropped nowadays including Boxers, Great Danes, Bulldogs, Poodles, and many others. Ear cropping helps to keep a dog’s ears from being torn, especially if they get into fights with other dogs.back to menu ↑
Why do Pitbull’s ears get clipped??
Pitbulls are known to get into fights with other dogs, which is why they are often cropped. If Pitbulls did not have their ears clipped, they would be more likely to rip one another’s ears off during a fight.back to menu ↑
When should I crop my Pitbulls ears??
It is very important that a Pitbull’s ears are cropped before they turn 8 months old. After 8 months, it becomes more difficult for their ears to stand up when they heal. It can be stressful for the dog if they do not have their ears put down when they need to be and if their ears were already bent once, it’s more challenging to get them down right.
If you want your Pitbull’s ears clipped, they -should- be done at 8 weeks of age or earlier as it is easier for them to stand up.back to menu ↑
What happens if their ears do not grow properly??
When a pet’s ears fail to stand upright or develop normally due to physical or health conditions, surgery may be needed to correct the condition. Pets with twisted ears may also need surgery. Is your pet’s ears are not growing properly, take him/her to their Veterinarian for an examination of the ear area and supporting bones.