Ear Cropping/Tail Docking/Dew Claws

Jenny - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 261 moms have responded )

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I didn't want to derail the circumcision thread so though tI'd start a new topic. What are your opinions on ear cropping, dew claw removal and tail docking?

I am ok with ear cropping as it is cartilage and have both my dogs done as well as did the aftercare for quite a few others. I refused dew claw removal as I draw the line at bone. I feel the same way about tails.

We have a great vet and she does crops for $250.

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I have pinched my dogs ears ( just then went outside to see the reaction) He flinched and sooked. It hurt him.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/08/2011

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Not attacking that you had it done....hell, I do the taping myself,,...or I used to . It is a pretty barbaric procedure. That is all. People don't realize how truly barbaric it is.

Jodi - posted on 03/08/2011

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" I pinched my puppies ear as hard as I could and he didn't even blink."

Can I go back to the circumcision comparison here? My son is circumcised. After the circumcision, I had to change the dressing, put vaseline on the wound, redress, etc, on a regular basis, and he never flinched either. Does that mean he didn't feel pain? To be honest, after everything I have SINCE researched, I don't know. Babies in pain don't always flinch and cry apparently. So maybe puppies are the same.

Anyway, I believe it is now illegal in Australia to crop ears and dock tails. Not sure about the dew claw. I'm okay with that. It's all cosmetic anyway, no "real" reason to do it. Yes, I'm against it.

Krista - posted on 03/08/2011

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I just don't see the point behind it. Why put an animal through that, solely for aesthetics?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/08/2011

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Also, for the ears to stand tall, it is recommended by some to take vitamins....I have seen them truly help. there are dog vitamin chews (can't think of the name right now) when they get there ears cropped...it is about the same time that their puppy teeth are starting to fall out and adult teeth coming in....so alot of the bodiies nutrients are going to the teeth instead of the ears...the dogs that I saw taking the vit's ears needed only the recommened retaping instead of the continous...they would stand up beautifully.

Jenny - posted on 03/08/2011

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Of course it's different, that's why they are put under while it's done. I trust my vet 100% and am with you completely on not getting it done under subpar circumstances. I know there are lots of "cropping parties" done in the bully breeder circles down in the States. I'm all about clean, sanitary surgical conditions for my dog. I also educated myself on the aftercare before the surgery was done although my vet followed up a few times too to make sure it was going ok. I would do it again in the future and am satisfied with our decision.

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I feel the same way about circumcision and i do about tail and ear cropping on animals. It's wrong.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/08/2011

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Pinching the ear is different than slicing through it with a scalpal blade all the way around...you would not have wanted to do it if you saw how much bleeding truly occurs...or how they have to cut pieces of cartiledge out of the inner part of the ear also....nope...don't think you would have done it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/08/2011

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I am more against ear cropping due to the pain, time for recovery, and the high maintanance that is required for proper care. Also, so many Dr's claim to know what they are doing...and they fuck them up royally, leaving ears looking odd. We would have to repair many botch jobs, leaving ears looking like nothing at all.

Dew claws usually as an adult dog are typically removed becouse they are causing problems...ie getting cought on things, which can lead to pulling out the nail or breaking it to the quick. Most of the time (not all) these are dew claws that are not attached to the bone already. For the tail cropping and dew claws, they truly are typically removed at the same time if at all.

Jenny - posted on 03/08/2011

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"Ear crops are ALOT more painful IMO, and take a hell of alot longer to heal than either dew claw removal, or tail docks. Dew claws are typical done when the pups get docked. If it is done later, it is a regular priced surgery, so people would tend to not even bother."

I was initially opposed but my partner wanted it done. I pinched my puppies ear as hard as I could and he didn't even blink. I can't believe it was a painful experience especially since it was done under general anesthetic.

Healing took a few weeks but was not an especially long process expcept for one of the pups who's ear fell and had to be retaped constantly. There was no infections or pussiness or anything though.

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