| SCAH is proud to offer both basic ear cropping and implanted ear cropping. We offer services for all breeds who normally receive ear crops. The implants are a new technology that can be used for initial cropping or for repair of an ear that has failed to stand. We commonly use the implants in Great Danes and Dobermans, but again can be used in any failed crop.
Ear cropping is a surgical procedure in which a portion of the ear is removed. The purpose of the procedure is usually to produce ears that stand erect. This procedure is most often performed in puppies around 8-12 weeks of age. Most veterinarians will not perform this procedure on puppies over 14 weeks of age because as the pup ages, his ear cartilage becomes less pliant and the potential for non-erect ears increases.
Ear cropping is most often performed to comply with standards for various breeds. Several breeds either require ear cropping or accept cropped ears in the show ring. Whether or not to have the ears cropped, however, is a personal decision. The breeds most often associated with cropped ears include schnauzers, boxers, Great Danes, Doberman pinschers and miniature pinschers.
Preoperative tests depend in part on the age and general health of the animal. Usually, most dogs are around 8 to 12 weeks of age and are healthy. In those patients, preoperative tests typically consist of a complete blood count and fecal examination. In certain breeds, a clotting test may also be needed prior to surgery. If performed in an older animal, a complete blood count, serum biochemical test, a urinalysis, and possibly an EKG may be performed prior to surgery.
The procedure takes about 45 minutes to 1-1/4 hours to perform in most cases, including the needed time for preparation and anesthesia.The typical stay following an ear cropping is 1/2 to 1 day but varies depending on the overall health of the pet.
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