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Hello to all,

Time for the ears and I have visited with a vet who does  ears with Laser?  Do you have experience with this technique? Pros - cons - indifference?  We're looking at first part of the coming week?  Any advice would be great.  Thank you all.  I love this place 

Barbara aka (bbroyles)

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Barb~~ Go to the "search" button and check out 'laser cropping'. There's even a tab that will open up discussions on cropping..

This has been one of the strongest controversies on this forum.

Do the research.. check with your vet and get names of his patients. Look at pictures, call the croppees and see what their experience has been. A good crop is expensive and from what I've seen you usually get what you pay for..

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Vets that use laser end up reducing the risk of scar tissue and the recovery time is shorter, still googling laser surgery will give you much more info...

O.K. Here I go !

Laser surgery DOES NOT HEAL faster . There's less bleeding during surgery due to the cauterising effect of the laser . Less bleeding = less work for the vet . As far as scar tissue , there IS scar tissue from the bottom of the bell to the tip of the ear no matter how the ear is cropped . The reason laser does not heal faster is because the laser leaves a rougher cut than a scalpel . Smoother edge = less heal time . Try this . Cut a piece of paper with a bic lighter , then cut a peice with scissors , which is smoother ? Which is easier to put back together ? It's the same for tissue . As far as " It's easier on the dog ? The dog is under anesthesia and doesn't feel a thing either way , if your vet is worth a damn . The cut that heals faster is less stressful on the dog than the cut that bleeds less DURING surgery but takes longer to heal . No , your pup will not bleed to death on the operating table if you opt not to do laser surgery . One way or the other , you will have the same number of stitches running down the back of the ear .

My vet , who I've been knowing for years , LSU grad , and really cares about his patients ( read my dogs ) , trust dearly ,and has done five ear crops for me , talked about this at length . I opted for a scalpel crop . To me , less heal time is less chance for infection .

His work can be seen in Jewel's profile .

Talk with your vet . You'er going to be paying alot ( in my case $500 + ) for this procedure and there is very little to no room for a second chance .

And by the way , there are few vets that know how to do this .

That is my rant , over and out . 

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I agree, this is something that should be done by an experienced vet. Even the experienced vets change some of their post surgical techniques, Princess came home with a cone, and Dr. Janey had never used one before. But he does not change his surgical technique and he has been cropping my Dobes ears for 16 years, Princess was number 7.

By all means, ask for photos and references. If he's good, he won't mind. He will understand that you want what is best for Leo, as he should as well.

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Hey Gunny~~ Great pictures of Jewel. She is one stunning girl! I love the way the sunlight bounces off her coat..such a beautiful color. Great confirmation and awesome crop. Thanks for posting the new pics and the info re: laser crop.. The more information our new Dobie owners can get re: this  procedure, the better!!

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Thank you all for your responses!

Jewel is just beautiful and what a happy face! Don't you love it when they come running to you with that love and eagerness

r green...

I'm still giggling about Red's newfound puppyhood!