Laser Ear Cropping ... Faster, Safer, Less Pain

doberman-ear-croppingIf you own a puppy -- Doberman, Pit Bull, or Great Dane as an example -- and are thinking about having its ears cropped there are some important points for you to consider.

Animal & Bird Hospital is one of the few animal hospitals that use a laser to perform ear crops. This is an important distinction. Using laser ear cropping means that there is virtually no bleeding. This is always critical when dealing with puppies and surgery. The use of the laser also ensures that your pet feels the least amount of pain. Your pet will be discharged with appropriate antibiotics, pain medication, and sedatives if needed.

Laser ear cropping is an elective cosmetic procedure that is not right for every dog or dog owner. For the owner who elects to ear crop, we are committed to making it a positive experience. Owners need to be aware that meticulous aftercare of the cropped pet is a must in order to have a successful outcome.

Although we do crop many future top show dogs at The Animal and Bird Hospital of Clearwater, our interest at this time is to provide a service where an inexperienced new pet owner can come to a qualified, experienced, licensed veterinarian for an attractive ear crop with complete aftercare provided.

What You Need to Know About Ear Cropping...

Many people have questions about various aspects of ear cropping, and we hope this information will help. It explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery, and gives you some information about our practice in general.

Q. Should I have my puppy's ears cropped?

This is a personal decision. Ear cropping is not right for every dog, and it is not right for every person who owns a dog. We recommend a consult appointment with our veterinarian if you are unsure about whether or not to crop. There is a tremendous amount of aftercare involved to make sure the ears stand properly, and an owner who is not committed to being diligent about the aftercare, should probably not crop their pet. A consult appointment will give you the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of ear cropping with our doctor, and help you to make the best decision for your new puppy.

Q. At what age should I crop my puppy?

The answer to this question will depend very much on the breed of the dog. In general, dobermans and danes are ideally cropped between 7 and 9 weeks of age. Boxers are cropped ideally between 8 and 12 weeks. Pit bulls are done between 3 and 4 months of age. Smaller breeds like min pins and miniature schnauzers are cropped older -- around 4 months of age. For all other breeds, you will need to contact us directly. These age estimations are based on the average size of the puppy, and the average ear size for that breed at that age. Individuals can vary, and we prefer for pet owners to call us so we can help determine the optimum age for each individual pet . There are many variables that can alter results such a cut length and the individual dogs ears.

Q. How long will it take for the ears to stand?

A perfect crop can be a flop if the aftercare is not handled correctly. Most pit bulls, amstaffs, min pins, and miniature schnauzers require only 2-4 taping appointments and the ears will stand. Other breeds like dobes, danes, and boxers may require 4-6 months of proper taping until the ears will stand. The length of the time for ear posting varies based on breed, ear crop length, and genetics (which can influence ear leather and shape on individual dogs.) We prefer that clients return to us for all the posting -- it is important to us that the aftercare is handled properly so that the outcome of the cropping is the best possible.