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So, you want to have your pup's ears cropped? Here is some information to help you along the path from choosing a vet, picking a style you like, and caring for your dog after the crop, including a couple methods of posting/taping their ears.

First of all, the best time to crop your pup is before they are 12 weeks of age. However, if they have a standing (full prick/bat ear) ear set, you can crop them at almost any time in their life, as the hard part about cropping is getting the ears to stand.

Next, you will want to ask your pup's breeder or other local breeders where they get their dog's ears done. Prices for an ear crop vary, from under $100, to over $1,000. Price does not always equal quality, so make sure you get references and pictures of a vet's prior crops.

Here are the different crop styles for American Pit Bull Terriers and other Bull Breeds:



On your first vet visit, take in a picture or two of dogs with crops that you like, and make sure the vet is okay with cropping ears in that style. Some vets crop every dog the same way, while others can crop them to look however you prefer. This is where photos of their former crops come in handy, so you can judge whether or not you will like the outcome.

PRE CROP
Once you choose a vet, you will probably need to take your pup in for an initial visit to check if they will be able to handle anesthesia. Some vets run blood tests, some do not. They will give you instructions for the night before surgery.. probably no food the night before, and no water the morning of. Make sure you pay attention to this!

POST CROP
After the crop, some vets send the pups home the same day, some prefer to keep them overnight. They will likely give the pup medication for pain while they are under anesthesia, and also send home pain medication to be used as they need it. There are also vets who attach foam, a cup, or supports to the pup's ear before sending them home, while others leave them loose. I prefer the cup, as it keeps the edges open for healing, and allows you access to the stitches.

HOME CARE
The first night, your pup will probably be drowsy from the anesthetic, and possibly sore around the ears as well. The vet will give you information for after care, so make sure you follow it to a T. If at any point you notice infection or other issues, call your vet ASAP, and see if it's something you need to bring your pup in for. I would also recommend keeping the Elizabethan Collar/Cone on your pup whenever you are not directly supervising them. It only takes one time of them scratching their ear for them to pop a stitch and have to go back to get it fixed, and every time they scrape the scabs off, there is a greater chance of scarring at the edges, and even infection.

TAPING AND POSTING
While their stitches are in, do not tape their ears along the edges. You can use the following method to help them stand, as it does not touch their stitches:

No Tape Ear Standing Method - mole foam

Once the stitches come out (usually 7 to 10 days after the procedure, depending on the vet), you can either take your pup to the vet to be posted, or you can do it yourself. If you are unsure at any point whether or not you are doing it right, please go to the vet. If you tape the ears too tight, you can cut off blood supply and essentially kill a good chunk of their ear.
Here are some videos that will help you out in the taping process:




With any surgery that requires anesthesia, there are risks involved with putting a dog under. Chances are low that there will be problems, but things do happen, so be prepared for that.

Once the crop is over and done with, there can be issues with infection, poor healing, and scarring. Some of these issues are the fault of the owner, and some issues cannot be prevented, even with the best ear care.

I hope this information will help those interested in getting their dog's ears cropped, and educate them on all aspects of the procedure. It does not end at the surgery; owners must be prepared to put a lot of time and effort into getting those ears to heal and stand.

Feel free to post good vets for cropping, pictures of crops, or other information. :)
 

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I like it and will petition for it to be a sticky. I think it would be better if you list common cropped bull breeds and not just APBT. As those crop styles fit AmStaffs and AmBullies as well.
 

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Very good post Indie. Appreciate the time you took to make it so thorough. As you may know, I am not a fan of the crop but I fully respect that it's the owners choice and hopefully this post will help others with their decision and make it easier on the pup. Nice job.
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I did a little editing tonight, so it's a little easier to read. :)
 

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I think it's perfect. I text B to make sure it's OK to make it a sticky.
 

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I think it's perfect. I text B to make sure it's OK to make it a sticky.
Yep, you've got my approval!

Thank you Jayna for making such an awesome, informative post. And thank you Mac for bringing it to my attention.
 

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Thanks, guys!!
 

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Thank YOU. For pulling all of that info and getting it into one thread. I'm sure it was time consuming. We appreciate it.
 
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