There are some vets in the Wintersville OH, St Clairesville OH area and parts of PA that do crops. Will depend on what type you want...a show crop or if a standard shorter crop is okay...depending on your breed,
***Edited By: lpn169 on 5/15/2010 2:13:02 AM*** Reason: Change
Here is an article I found on Pa. ear cropping. If I am reading it correctly, as long as it is done by a vet it is legal. You have to always keep your vet records on hand in case a pet law enforcement officer asks you about it. I would suggest you read this, and google the info for yourself.
My understanding is the law was put into effect to stop commerical kennels and puppy millers from doing these surgeries on their own.
That's because you are misinformed. Ear cropping is almost painless if done correctly. Spaying xnd neutering is much more painful over that 7- 21 day recovery period. Most cropped puppies come home the next day happy active and almost like nothing happened. They might have itching and annoyance with the E-collar rather than the ears.
School, and Lpn. Please educate me. I have also considered ear cropping cruel, but that was when the pups had to be older. I have never owned a crop ear breed, but do have a dock tail breed. I have alwasy felt tails done within 3days is no big deal, as I do not believe they really feel pain at that age.
I have not seen many dog after surgery, and again, most were when it was done older. Most were also big dogs, dobies, danes, etc. I found the bloody raw ear edge, and the dog sensitive, even scream to the touch un nessacary.
I understand that times have changed, and the crop is done much earlier. So please educate me on how it really is just as painless as a spay or neuter. I would love to know what makes the difference between then and now
I have never experienced a pup scream when you touch the fresh incision. Actually they like it when you rub neosporin on the edges. The difference is this is not opening up the body cavity removing internal organs that are connected to ligaments and muscle, rather this is just skin and cartilage much less nerves to cut. The advances in anesthesia and surgical techniques help minimize pain and also the use of pain meds post op. If this was a painful procedure my Dobes would have natural ears. Thank you for asking.
I have a mini schnauzer and had his ears cropped. It is my understanding that with most breeds there is a grace period and if a puppy gets too old alot of vets will not crop the ears. I know that is what this vet told me and also my friend who has a Dane. The vet wouldn't crop his dog because he was too old.
Yes, the main reason is that on larger breeds, the crop, especially a show crop is very long and narrow and require some intensive posting in order to get them to stand. Young ears are still soft and tend to be easier to mold into the correct position as the pup mature. As in any plastic/cosmetic procedure most doctors/vets are reluctant to do a procedure where they might not get a good result, so most vets cut the age for large breeds at 12 weeks. Trust me, when ears don't stand, most of my clients blame the vet...usually,though, they get tired of posting and give up. I recommend ears be done at 10 weeks on my pups.