Ear cropping is a surgical procedure that must be done by a licensed veterinarian. Nine states have specific laws regulating ear cropping, says the American Veterinary Medical Association. Ear cropping is illegal in many countries, particularly in European ones, New Zealand and Australia. It is illegal to even exhibit a dog with cropped ears in a dog show in the United Kingdom, reports the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.Know More
The AVMA is formally opposed to cropping dogs' ears solely for cosmetic purposes. Individuals caught doing so without a veterinarian license are subject to arrest, as a case reported by 2News Tulsa demonstrates.
Ear cropping is done under full anesthesia on young puppies. The majority of the ear flap is cut off and then the ear is splinted and taped into an upright position. The ear is kept splinted and taped up for weeks in the hope the ear remains upright. Ear cropping isn't always successful in getting the ears to stand upright. The puppy is subjected to pain, risk of infection and sometimes a negative impact on behavior, says the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.
Some breeds traditionally used for dog fighting have what is called a "battle crop" performed where virtually the entire ear is cut off. This doesn't leave the inner ear any protection from insects or the elements, says BullyTree.Learn more about Veterinary Health
The breed standard of the Cane Corso indicates that the ears can be uncropped or cropped, however, if cropped, the ear is to form an equilateral triangle. The crop is much shorter than that seen on most cropped breeds and removes most of the ear flap. Because the amount of ear removed is substantial, the ears do not need to taped after cropping.Full Answer >
Cropping the ears of a Great Dane is a surgical procedure carried out by a veterinarian. The act of cropping a dog's ears has become controversial in modern times because there is no actual medical, physical, or environmental need for a dog to undergo the procedure. In some countries, cropping is illegal. However, some owners state that cropping the ears helps prevent ear infections, according to petMD.Full Answer >
Ear cropping is often done on pit bulls for cosmetic purposes. The pit bull is one of several breeds of dog whose ears are cropped to create ears that are more elegant for show ring purposes.Full Answer >
Dogs can be given small doses of aspirin under certain conditions and with supervision from a licensed veterinarian. Dogs do not metabolize aspirin the same way humans do and are more prone to adverse effects from the drug.Full Answer >