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Posted on 02-27-2014
Though ear cropping sounds like a haircut or pet spa treatment, our South Valley Animal Clinic's Albuquerque veterinarian points out that this surgical procedure is far from a trip to the hairdresser. Ear cropping, also known as ear trimming, is a surgical procedure in which a dog's pinnas (ear flaps) are removed, and the remaining ear is taped in an erect position until fully healed. The surgical procedure of ear trimming, removing the ear flap, is meant to ensure a dog's ears stand upright.
Our Albuquerque veterinarian, Dr. William Heite, weighs the risks of canine ear cropping, or ear trimming, with all dog owners considering the procedure. Floppy ears are generally seen as a cute trait. So initially, dog owners cropped their dogs' ears in order to make them appear more threatening in guard dog duties. A more modern argument for ear trimming is that ear flaps reduce the flow of air into and out of the ear canal, causing more frequent ear infections. This argument, however, has yet to be proven by any scientific study. Traditionally, many breeders of purebred Boxers, Cane Corsos, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers (giant and mini), Great Danes, and Schnauzers (giant and mini) have their dogs' ears copped as puppies because erect ears set these dog breeds apart from others, making them recognizable and fulfilling breed standard requirements.
A puppy's ears are usually cropped around the age of eight to ten weeks. Filled with nerves, dogs' ears are extremely sensitive. So, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia to reduce discomfort to the animal. The lengthy healing process usually requires several weeks to months. Without pain medication, the process requires the dog owners to tape and re-tape the ears, encouraging them to heal in an upright position. We urge you to talk about the procedure and healing process with our veterinarian before you decide to move forward.
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We are excited to announce our support of the 'Fix the 505' program. Fix the 505 is a small scale FREE spay/neuter program for low income pet owners. PACA (People's Anti-Cruelty Association) selected a few local veterinarian clinic's, including South Valley Animal Clinic to participate in this necessary program. Please watch the short video above or visit http://paca-aar.org/index.php/donate/sponsor-a-spay for more information!
This program has been restricted to South Valley residents struggling to spay or neuter their pets. In order to get your pets scheduled, please request a PACA Voucher from The Animal Humane Society or from a Bernalillo County Animal Control officer . Please call (505) 255-5523 for more information!
Dr. Heite and the rest of SVAC staff, Thank You! From the bottom of our hearts for your AMAZING care for our dogs. You're an awesome team, and we trust you above anyone else to provide immediate, compassionate, and reliable solutions. We cannot begin to thank you for going above and beyond to help Sissy. We know she has an amazing medical team.