Dog Ear Cropping: Should You Have Your Dog’s Ears Cropped

Dog Ear Cropping: What Is It And Why Do People Want Their Dogs’ Ears Crop?

The reason why people want their dogs ears cropped is because it makes them look better. Some people believe that having your dog’s ears cropped will make him look like a superhero or super heroine. They say if they don’t have their dog’s ears cropped then they feel like their dog looks old and decrepit.

There are many reasons why people want their dogs ears cropped. One of the most common ones is to keep their dog from barking too much. Another one is so that they can hear what their pet says when it barks at them.

Other than these two reasons, there are other benefits of having your dog’s ears cropped such as:

It keeps your dog clean and healthy since it prevents fleas and ticks.

Your dog may not bark as loudly but he still might startle other animals which could cause problems.

If your dog is a guard type then he will probably stop barking altogether. If you have a guard breed, then you need to consider whether you want to keep your dog’s ears cropped or not. There are several opinions regarding this matter.

Many people think that if they do not have their dogs ears cropped, then they feel like their dog looks old and decrepit.

You also need to keep in mind that some breeds have their ears up while others have their ears down. If you have a dog with ears that hang close to his head, then you might want to consider cropping them. But if your dog’s breed has ears that stand up then you might want to reconsider the whole idea of having his ears cropped.

On one hand, there are many benefits of having your dog’s ears cropped. There are also several advantages to not having your dog’s ears cropped. It is really up to you whether or not you want to do this for your pet.

If you do decide to have it done, then remember that there are some risks involved and they can be extreme in nature. If you decide not to have your dog’s ears cropped then that is fine as well. All that you need to remember is that it should not interfere with the way how people perceive your dog’s breed.

What Is The Average Cost?

If you are wondering about the price of having your dog’s ears cropped then you should know that it can cost anywhere from $50 to $200 depending on the veterinarian that you choose. In fact, some veterinarians might even re-fuse to crop your dog’s ears at all.

How Long Does It Take?

Some vets can crop your dog’s ears within just a few minutes. Other vets might take longer since they may need to apply several bandages or even place drainage tubes inside of your pet’s ears.

Does It Cause Any Pain?

Most vets will provide you with painkillers to give to your dog after the procedure and these should make him quite comfortable. However, irrespective of whether or not you give your dog painkillers, his ears are going to be painful for the next few weeks or perhaps months.

In fact, your dog may even need to have his ears bandaged up for a few weeks. Some vets will provide you with aftercare advice and these are things that you should definitely follow precisely.

What About Healing?

It is important that you keep an eye on your dog’s ears for at least a few months and make sure that there is no redness, swelling or discharge. You may even need to clean them with a cotton ball and alcohol. If you notice any of those problems, then you need to contact your veterinarian immediately.

After your dog’s ears have healed, the only problem that he may have are related to his hair. If your dog’s hair is not as long as it should be, then his ears may get irritated or perhaps even infected.

In order to prevent this from happening, you need to make sure that his hair grows back within a couple of months after the procedure and that they are kept clean. If you do not feel comfortable with doing this yourself, then you should take him back to your veterinarian for them to look at his ears.

What Are The Potential Risks?

There are certain risks that your dog can face after having his ears cropped. Some of these risks may even be life-threatening.

One of the most common risks is excessive bleeding due to improper bandaging. If this happens, you will have to contact your veterinarian immediately. Other risks may include swelling, skin infection, and nerve damage.

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