Ear Cropping at Airport Pet ClinicReshaping Canine Ears: Understanding Ear Cropping
Ear cropping is a surgical procedure commonly performed on dogs, involving the removal of a part of the ears' outer tissue, followed by reshaping and stitching to create a desired appearance. This cosmetic procedure alters the natural shape of the dog's ears, often aiming to make them stand erect or to conform to specific breed standards.
Ear Cropping Procedures
Ear cropping involves a surgical procedure typically performed when a dog is very young, usually between 7 and 16 weeks of age. The specific process can vary, but generally, the procedure involves:
The dog undergoing ear cropping is usually anesthetized to prevent pain and discomfort during the procedure. The specific type of anesthesia and pre-operative care can vary based on the vet’s preferences and the dog’s health.
The veterinarian marks the ears according to the desired shape or standard, which varies depending on the breed or the owner’s preferences.
The excess tissue from the ear flap is removed surgically, often involving cutting the outer edges of the ears.
The remaining tissue is shaped to create the desired appearance, such as making the ears stand upright. The edges are then sutured or stitched together.
The dog is closely monitored after the surgery. Pain relief medications might be administered, and the dog may need to wear an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent scratching or rubbing the ears. The vet provides instructions for post-operative care, which may include changing bandages, administering medications, and scheduling follow-up visits.