I am in the process of buying an American Pit Bull Terrier puppy. He is 10 weeks old and I would like to know when is the proper age for ear cropping. I don't want to do it too soon or too late, if there is a "too late". Would any vet do this or is it a like with people: can't go to a regular doctor and ask for plastic surgery? I see that after ear cropping the ears are bandaged: How long does this healing period last and what are some things that I need to be careful of? Im asking so I can be ready in advance. I greatly appreciate any information/suggestions. Thanks.
I am so surprised that people would even want to do this to thier animal!!! Before considering doing this to your dog, ask about the pain your dog is going to go through just so that you can see thier ears stand up the way YOU like.
I will never understand why anyone would buy froma breeder like that . the ears should have been done weeks ago for dobermans most vets want them done by 8 weeks up to 10. the breeder should have done it for you . its not something a new owner should have to deal with. If they are cutting corners by not doing the ears makes you wonder what else are they not doing to properly care for the pups. The vet will have to look at the dog and give you their opinion.i would say though this late in the game leave them natural. they look better then a bad crop and if they wont stand anyway why put them through it.
The Pits ears need to be done immedatly. Decide on the lenght of crop you want. Pits have nice short crops but the vet shoudl discuss hte best crop to fit your dogs head and expression.
And yes people crop, as long as it is done properly and cared for properly, its not a big deal. I've sat in surgery for ear crops and its much less invasive then a spay and we all stand here and scream to spay your dog when responsible ownership should be able to handle that as well.
Ears take 2-3 weeks to heal, for a pit the posting will be very short and you'll probably be all done in 3 to 4 weeks.
As for the dobie, you may be to late to do a decent crop. It will probbaly be better to let the ears lay short then butcher the poor dogs apperance.
If someone chooses to have thier dogs' ears cropped that's thier decision, I just think that they should really understand the recovery period of having this procedure done to thier pet. I've seen dogs that have had this done and they were not comfortable for a number of days. The owners of these animals have regretted having this procedure done. This is an unnecessary procedure whereas, for those who would like to compare this to having thier pet spayed or neutered, is something that is necessary so that we don't have more homeless animals. What I don't understand is why you buy a dog that you thought was so imperfect that you needed to give it cosmetic surgery. If you want a dog with ears that stand up, find one that already has this trait. It just makes sense.
Well doglover, thats your opinion. And when someone posts something needing help because they already made up their mind, you don't need to come on here and yell at them because you don't think it's right. She didn't post a topic called "Cropping or not?'' ok? Heart CP
I am a Dobe handler/ breeder. I give the ear choice to my clients, but if they want a crop I absolutely do that for them It is a breeders job. The ears after healing can be taped for a pit, but I post my Dobes with empty tampon tubes as air can go down the tube into the ear, so it lessens the chance of infection. My vet crops no sooner than 8 weeks, no later than12. It has been my experience that the pups do not suffer from pain. They come out of the vet's back room all wags and licking me and it's like they don't even know anything happened. I was very surprised the first time I cropped at how seemingly painLESS it was. The first week they itch, but I have never seen a pup cry or have any reaction to pain. I can't speak for anyone else but this has been my experience. If you are opposed to cropping, pick a different breed.
Spay and neuter is required becuase people are to lazy to monitor their own pets. It is not needed. Educated, responsible people who keep their dogs reproductive systems to themselves are needed. Spay/netuer is a plug to a greater problem. Dogs do not just spawn puppies when unaltered, and other countries do quite well without ripping out hte reproductive systems of their pets. Many places feel we are barbaric and lazy for automaticly doing it instead of being responsible.
Just as many places feel ear cropping, docking, dew claw removal, and such are barbaric.
However, its a choice and can really do lovely things to d aodg when done correctly.