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Whether your pet needs a routine spay or neuter surgery, or an emergency vet procedure, our pet surgery protocols are just as stringent as those in human hospitals. All equipment is carefully sanitized and all care is made to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable from pre-op to post surgery. We run a complete blood test from our in-house laboratory before any procedure to ensure your pet is safe for anesthesia. Our in-house diagnostics tools also enable us to get a clear picture of what is going on inside your pet so that we know ahead of time where the problem lies and how best to approach it surgically. Before we begin, we will discuss what we intend to do to help your pet so that you will understand what is going on.
Once your pet comes out of surgery, our vet tech will remain with and continue checking in on your pet as he or she comes out of the anesthesia. We make sure your pet has pain medications so that he or she remains as comfortable and calm as possible. When you come to pick up your pet, our veterinarian will explain how the operation went and discuss with you what you need to do to help your pet recover at home. We will explain any medications or wound-care procedures you need to know about and answer all of your questions so that you will feel confident in helping your pet’s recuperation process. We often issue pets a cone or Elizabethan collar to wear so they do not bite or lick their incision site.
Are you considering ear cropping for your purebred pet? Ear cropping creates a pointed, erect appearance to the pinna, your dog's ear flaps. Our experienced surgical team at South Valley Animal Hospital commonly offers ear cropping for breeds such as Boxers, Cane Corsos, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers both giant and mini, Great Danes and Schnauzers both giant and mini. While surgery may seem stressful, we strive to provide the most comfortable environment for your pet's stay and recovery.
Is Ear Cropping Right For Your Dog?
Ear cropping is an elective surgical procedure commonly performed for cosmetic reasons. This type of surgery is invasive, requires general anesthesia and a hospital stay for your pet. This surgery should only be considered by pet owners who can manage the extensive after care that is necessary following the procedure.
Typically, pre-surgery includes a visit to determine your pet's general health and vaccination status. We suggest bringing your puppy between 10-12 weeks to improve the chances of their ears standing erect following surgery. If you wait too long, the ears are less likely to stand as nicely as most dog owners imagine. At the day of surgery we perform any hair clipping to prep the area. Following ear cropping, we carefully suture the area to promote efficient healing. We provide post-surgical topical and internal medication for at-home care as well.
Sutures are removed after approximately seven days. For dogs that will tolerate them, we place bandages over the cropped ear to "train" the ears to stand erect. Most puppies heal quickly and efficiently. It is important for dog owners to understand that each pet is different -- your dog's ears may or may not stand erect following surgery. This may be due to the dog's ears naturally being set too on their head, scar tissue that may have built up, or the cartilage within the pinna (ear flaps) may be too thin.