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Ear Cropping
 
To crop ears our vet makes an incision with a laser then places a nylon insert inside the ear to hold the ear upright. The stitches need to be removed in 7 days, the nylon inserts need to be removed within 5 weeks. Our vet will remove the nylon inserts free of charge. A set of nylon inserts and some examples of a standard crop are pictured below.

Usually a standard crop will require taping for 2-3 months after the inserts are removed, however a show cut must be taped for 6 to 8 months after the inserts are removed.    To watch an instructional video on how to tape ears the way we do it take a look at the following link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6cNolzJHeA&feature=share.


 
Ear Care  

While the stiches are in and for two weeks after they come out you must apply an antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, to the edge of the ear where the incision was made at least twice a day. It is especially important to keep the top inch or so moist to prevent it from curling downward.   

Do not allow your puppy to play with other pets while the stiches are in or until the ears are fully healed to avoid ear infections. Do not tape the ears until the stiches are out and they are fully healed.  

Watch for swelling, redness, bleeding or oozing, these are signs of infection and must be treated by a veterinarian with an antibiotic. We treat ear/skin infections with Cephalexin, 250 mg for pups under 15 lbs, 500 mg for larger pups.

 
 
Standard ear crop
Standard ear crop
Nylon Inserts
Nylon Inserts
These were put in a 9 week old puppy
Standard Ear Crop
Standard Ear Crop
Charlotte at 5 months old
Standard ear crop
Standard ear crop
Sinbad at 3 months old
Standard ear crop
Standard ear crop
Our Bella at 2 years old
with a standard crop
Standard ear crop
Standard ear crop
Sparkle at 4 months old
Standard ear crop
Standard ear crop
Dobe at 3 years old
Standard ear crop
Standard ear crop
Dobe at 3 years old
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