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Looking for a great ear cropper in the Oklahoma city area.

 

There is a group on facebook for cropping vet information - It is called USA Ear Croppers

I will mention that cropping is ideally done between 7 weeks and 12 weeks. A truly good cropping vet will not do ears past 12 weeks for very good reasons.

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Please help...
I have three pups two of them were just cropped by different vets and the techniques are so different. One dog has the fur-line nicely wrapped around the edge of the ear and stitched well. The others incicion is opening up about 1/8" and scabbing. This ones ears were also stitched down to the top of her head so she cant shake them during healing, but wont turning the ear inside out and stitching it flat across the top of her head cause "pockets"?
When all is said and done, will the wide & scabby incision lines ever look right? And if his technique causes EXTREME pockets are they still fixable w/ bumpers? Or am i not looking at it right and this isnt how pockets happen?

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Why would you not have the same Vet (preferably one you know and trust) do them all?

And yes, Different Vets have different ways of doing things. After seeing what my last Vet could do with Elasticon tape and pipe insulation there is no way i would ever NOT do that again. That particular Vet saved me a pile of time and effort not to mention money spent on supplies over the way my Vet before her would have had me do things. Live and learn...

 

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My wife and I are still discussing whether or not we should crop the ears. Have any of you cropped your puppy's ears? What were some of the drawbacks? Has anyone cropped ears with another dog in the house? How often were bandage changes and how limited is play?

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My wife and I are still discussing whether or not we should crop the ears. Have any of you cropped your puppy's ears? What were some of the drawbacks? Has anyone cropped ears with another dog in the house? How often were bandage changes and how limited is play?

 

Yep. When raising pairs I always get them both cropped at the same time. If you got to load one up to go to the Vet - It only adds a few minutes to take another... LOL! :)

 

 

 

except for my first Doberman, mine have all been cropped. Puppies from really reputable breeders have the entire litter cropped before the puppies go to their home.  I've had 3 show litters and cropped all of them with really talented cropping vets. Anyone who is close to me can come back for all the posting - otherwise, I try to find a good breeder close by to help them - I've posted ears for other breeders as well. 

Ears need to be reposted at least once a week. I've never had an issue with other dogs in the house messing with their ears - but will admit that the other dogs are adults as I never raise two puppies together.  When I have a whole litter cropped, I've got to seperate them some as they will mess with each others ears. 

I really think it is hard for people to find a good cropping vet on their own(there are many bad croppers). Good croppers are usually booked up about 8 weeks in advance. Ears need to be done by 12 weeks of age - so don't feel bad if you miss the window of time.  I will say that if you want natural ears to lay really nice, it is best to tape them down - you can google taping natural ears for tutorials. 

As an fyi, the best tape to use on ears is called Johnson and Johnson Zonas 1"tape. You need to order it online and get a case of 12 rolls. It should cost about $20ish