Cropping ears at home.

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  1. squirtsmom

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    On another forum that I haunt, there was a thread yesterday by a man asking about cropping a dogs ears, and could he do it himself at home. Didn't think it was any big thing, and shouldn't hurt too much. OMG:yikes:
     
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    :yikes: What is he thinking?!?! I hope someone can talk some sense into him...it's sad to think that this probably happens all the time with people cropping and docking their own pups and I'm sure if they can't pay a vet for that, they can't get routine care; vaccinations, speutering, flea and tick preventative, etc.

    Max's ears are done, but they were done before I got him, and were done professionally. If he would have come to me "natural" I would have left him that way. I just don't understand some people's thought process...:mad:
     
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    This was on game dog forum, and he was read the riot act. I told him that I would get my p inking shears, and give his ears a little nip and tuck. See if that hurt.
     
  4. Bobsk8

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    What a jerk. It amazes me that there are people that dumb that inhabit the earth,,,
     
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    OMG that's terrible! It's monsters like that that give cropping a bad name... :mad:
     
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    I don't think it's about dumb really. It may be more of an uneducated situation. My great grandfather was a chi breeder and he cropped his dogs ears himself. Times have changed as far as awareness. You can't expect everyone to be aware. The best you can do is hope that they will take what you have to say to heart.
    I honestly don't think attacking someone is the the right way to handle the situation. You could frustrate them to the point of them taking it out on the puppies.
     
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    Can you give us the link to the thread, or post his response? I want to know what he says.

    ~Tucker
     
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    Ugh. That's sickening. Although I'm not a fan of cropping anyway, if you're going to do it, have someone experienced do it properly! People!
    OT: That reminds me of when my friend's pound rescue. . .the former owners tried to dock the dog's tail. . .as an adult. :mad: :(
     
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    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    i agree that its probably not stupidness... but ignorance.
    people sometimes dont understand or know better.
     
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    I don't know h ow to get the site, but it is on Pitbull community.
     
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    I sure hope someone educates him! As much as I love a good crop on some breeds I only agree with it if it is done properly!
     
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    Firstly I just don't understand why anyone would prefer the look of a mutilated dog over a natural one, and secondly why would you put any dog through the pain of a medical procedure for the sake of fashion. :confused: :mad:
     
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    Actually for some of the breeds I hope to own and the stuff I''d like to do with them, cropping isn''t for cosmetics, it''s for health and safety!
     
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    Cropping doesn't bother me. But cutting off a pup's ears without the benefit of anethesia has got to be an ugly thing to witness. Personally, I've never seen a home crop that looked good.
     
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    Um...so you've actually seen `home' crops??? God how nauseating - how did you manage to not rant at the owners?? :(
     
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    Go on then humour me... health and safety? :popcorn:
     
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    A breed such as a Cane Corso has very thick, heavy ears that hang down. Even with thorough cleaning often, moisture gets trapped inside the ear and it is also very dark and warm which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which causes ear infections. A nice working crop allows lots of air flow keeping the ear dry and cleaner resulting in fewer if not no ear infections.

    Safety:

    I plan on in the future once I get my farm/ranch, having Caucasian Ovcharka and Central Asian Ovcharka as livestock guarders against wolves, coyotes, wold dogs and anything else that would like to try to harm my animals. Floppy ears are a perfect "handle" that when ripped makes a bloody mess when fighting off other canids. Cropping the ear means nothing for the wolf or coyote or whatever to grab on to.

    I also plan on having a PatStaff or a PatStaffJag as a verminator for the barn buildings of my farm/ranch. These lil guys will be up against anything from mice to rats to coons. If you have ever excountered a coon, you will know that they can fight back very nasty when cornered. Again the ears are just something for the coon to bite and tear making a painful bloody mess for the dog. A good working crop stops this from happening and the dog is able to rid the barn of the pesky rodents a lot easier!

    Need me to go on?
     
  18. Dizzy

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    haha -that old cherry pip ;)

    All our dogs here must be walking health hazards with cropping being illegal :yikes:
     
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    I see what you mean for working breeds, but I don't agree with it even in your case.

    The ears not being cropped do not prevent them from doing the job. If another animal is attacking them there are many places they can grab onto, including the ears, legs tail, snout etc. Unless you do a terrible crop and completely take away the ears the other animal is still able to grab onto the ears, even if they are cropped.

    In regards to the moisture in the ears. Yes, that is a common thing for all dogs breeds with floopy ears. Which dogs should we crop now?? should I take my shih tzu to my vet and ask them to crop his ears??? Of course not. I clean them with a solution every week for maintenence and if there is an infection I pay th vet to fix it.

    I look at it this way. I would not take a limb off my child unless that was a serious medical danger to there health that required me to do so. I would need much better reasons than the ones provided to agree with ear cropping.
     
  20. Bobsk8

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    We are talking about 2006, and it's stupid.......
     

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