Ear Cropping Scheduled

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I'm getting our baby Chloe's ears cropped next Tuesday (June 5th).  At that point, she will be exactly 10 weeks 6 days old.  I'm little concerned now because I've noticed that most people get there puppies ears done at 7-8 weeks old.  The read some articles and I was under the impression to have the ears done between 10-12 weeks of age.  The Vet told us NO LATER than 12 weeks old, and preferably 10-11 weeks is a good age.

Is this inaccurate information??  Or does it really matter as long as it's done BEFORE 12 weeks?  Any advice is appreciated!

I think cropping before 12 weeks is the key. 12 weeks to me is a little late.

I like to have my puppies cropped either the 7th week, or the 9th week, I avoid week 8 due to fear stages. We then make sure that all edges are healed and sutures out before they go to new homes. 

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My protocol is first vax at 8 weeks, and I like to have vax into them for a week before they go for cropping so they normally go for cropping at 9 weeks.  Sutures out a week later, a bit of healing time and then off they go to their new homes around 11 weeks. 

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Thanks for your input.  By the way, your Dobermans are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Wow!!  You must be one proud Dad!! 

So, in your opinion, is 10 wk 6 days a little late..........or should she still be ok?

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Thanks Glengate!

See, the Vet told me that he will NOT crop her ears unless she has her 2nd set of vaccinations.  Maybe that's because she will have to stay at the animal hospital over night??  He said I will drop her off early Tuesday morning, then I can pick her back up Wednesday morning, and he told me to bring her vaccination papers showing that she has had 2 sets of shots.

Her 2nd set of Vaccines are scheduled for Saturday (10wks 2dys old), then ears cropped on Tuesday (10wks 6dys old).

Glengate, I can see your point about the vaccine before ear crop. One of our litters I took to Canada to have cropped and when I came to pick them up they had them running around the office. I was mortified to think of all the germs that they may have come in contact with, all the sick dogs that were in the  office. That was back before they changed the vaccine protocol and the series were started much earlier (thank goodness for them I guess). Now I start them at 8 weeks also.

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bdyer, it's really hard to find a good cropping vet that actually knows what they're doing.  Where are you located?  There is no reason Chloe should have to stay overnight for an ear crop, and they're making you overvaccinate her early to boot.  I would really have reservations about going to this vet for cropping. 

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Glengate, I'm actually very comfortable going to this particular vet.  I live in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale).  People drive from the West Coast of Florida just to see this Vet for ear cropping.  He's an "old timer" Vet who has been cropping Dobies ears from 30+ years.  I've seen Dobies who's ears were done by this guy, and he does GREAT work.  Why they keep her overnight........I'm not sure.  I guess it's just his proticol I assume?  Because she is staying overnight at a "animal hospital" is probably why he requires that she have her 2nd set of vaccines.

In regards to the vaccinations......I'm confused now about you saying "overvaccinate".  I'm NOT having her shots done by this Vet (Vets charge WAY to much money for puppy shots).  I had her 1st set of shots done at 7 weeks of age at the Humane Society (only cost $35 instead of $140).  Aren't puppies suppose to get their first set done between 6-8wks of age??

Her 2nd set is being done tomorrow (10wks 2days) at the Human Society as well ($40).  So that's 3 weeks apart from both sets.  To my knowledge, the 2nd booster set is suppose to be done at 10-12 weeks of age correct??  At least according to everything I'm ready online, and what the Human Society told me as well.

Your advice and comments are appreciated........just want to make sure I'm doing this correctly?

Like I said though, about the ears........this Vet (Dr. James Dee D.V.M) comes HIGHLY recommended all over South Florida.  Chloe's Mom & Dad also had their ears done by him (long crop) and they looked PERFECT.

Right now, I'm concerned about yoru statement of saying "overvaccinate"?  Aren't I following proper protocol?

 
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Glengate.......this is where Chloe got her 1st set, and where she will be getting her 2nd set.

 

http://www.humanebroward.com/php/vac.php

 

Isn't this "vaccination schedule" in the link standard protocol?

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The longer you wait, the longer it will take the ears to take shape and train the cartilage.  I've heard of people cropping at six months.  I think that would be a lot of work and you would have to post them twice as long.

I've never heard of a vet that would even do a crop at 6mo. That would be pointless.

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The vet told me not to do the cropping until 12 weeks. So we did as he said. He didnt have to stay overnight. I dropped him off on a Friday at 9am and picked him up that same day at 6pm. He did alot of sleeping the following 3-4 days.

 

Its been 2 1/2 weeks and his ears are standing, but I feel like the vet cropped them too short. I dont know if they will grow a little more as his head grows or if they are just going to stay as they are.

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I am not a cropping expert... but generally you crop longer than you want and the dog grows into them, not the other way around.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.