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Houston Ear Cropping Recommendations

BugsyLove

Little Dog
So....I need recommendations on vets for ear cropping in Houston.

I'm not concerned with price, just quality.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

M
 

Beatrix Kiddo

Good Dog
Hi! I'm in Houston, i'll see if I can talk to some people i know with crop jobs and get you some recommendations to look into.
 

bsand

Good Dog
I wouldn't let distance stop you from going to a recommended vet to get it done. I drove 3 hours one way to get my pups ears done but they turned out amazing
 

BugsyLove

Little Dog
Oh...ok. Allow me to reword.. price AND distance isn't an issue.

I'm not bound geographically, if anyone knows of somewhere close(relatively). Once again, I'm seeking quality and safety above everything else.

I just figured with Houston being the size it is, there is bound to be some decent ear cropping talent here.

I've looked into "eartrim.com" of Houston. Can't find any yelp or google reviews.. They have a ton of testimony's on their site, some with personal numbers you can contact. Still not sure if those aren't "paid actors" though.

Thanks ahead of time.
 
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NobodyHere

Guest
I've looked into "eartrim.com" of Houston.

Those people are incredibly inconsistent. If they're consistent about anything, it's that they're consistently mediocre. I would pass.

Our Team - Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital Dr. Debbie Schaffer supposedly (I say "supposedly" as I have no personal experience with this person) does nice crops on Dobes/Danes/Boxers, ask for photos and references for AmStaff/APBTs she's done. Two things to keep in mind: A lot of vets who specialize in one type of ear (the long show crops on certain breeds) do NOT necessarily do spectacular work on breeds with shorter crops like APBTs, AmStaffs, etc. Some of them do. Always ask for photos and references! Also, it doesn't matter how nice the actual crop is, ask the vet if they wrap and/or rack freshly cropped ears, and if they do, request that they NOT do it. There doesn't need to be anything on the ear (especially on the cut edge or anything covering the ear canal) until the sutures come out and all of the scabs on the edges have fallen off on their own, then they can be posted.
 

dellacella

Big Dog
^^^Wow Sevens great advise!!! I would just emphasize make sure you see pictures of your the breed you want cropped. A beautiful Dane crop isn't beautiful on a dobbie. Lesson learned the hard way when my Uncle had to change vets when he moved to CO, poor dog looked like the flying nun and the ears had to be redone. Also, 100% agree with no taping tell the ears fully healed, makes for a much nicer edge on the ear; training the leather can wait.
 

BugsyLove

Little Dog
Completely agree. I am very VERY good about my due diligence.

I have had to deal with a few nightmare crops. So I'm very good about doing my research, asking for proof, and knowing long crop experience doesn't dictate short cut quality work.

I am looking more for first hand/customer testimony recommendations, as word of mouth means a lot to me.

I actually have contacted two separate breeders that use them(Info for them from on their testimony page, still could be a little bias... possibly). One was a Cane Corso breeder(short type crops) and an American Bully breeder(short type crop once again).

Both said good things, but still a little hesitant.
 

Beki

Good Dog
Premium Member
Brittmor Animal Hospital in Houston. Dr Dikeman specializes in Dobes, boxers and Amstaff's.
Haven't seen the work myself, this is who a friend recommended.
 
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NobodyHere

Guest
One was a Cane Corso breeder(short type crops) and an American Bully breeder(short type crop once again).

Is the dog you're wanting cropped a Corso or American Bully? If not, testimony from people with either of those breeds should be weighed carefully because the breed crops for those two breeds are completely different than for, say, an AST.
 

BugsyLove

Little Dog
I haven't publicly posted this yet, as I have been a traditional DIE hard Amstaff lover pretty much all my life, but....

I am soon to be the proud owner of a dual-registered UKC/ABKC American Bully.

I have traditionally not been a fan of these due to health, ignorance by majority of breeders, overall stigma, etc...

But I found a GREAT breeder that has managed to meet all the qualifications on my checklist for me to get a AmBully.

....quietly slipping away before being stoned to death.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Why would you be stoned to death? :lol:

Calm down. Come back. As long as the dog is structurally sound and you're not running around calling it something that it's not, most people here will be okay.
 
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NobodyHere

Guest
As long as the dog is structurally sound and you're not running around calling it something that it's not, most people here will be okay.

This. Bonus points if, along with being structurally sound, you managed to find a Bully breeder whose dual registered dogs are actually appropriately registered with UKC as American Bully and not APBT, even more if they also do a minimum of cardiac and orthopedic health testing. Hell, if all of the above, then congrats, you basically found a legitimate glitter-shitting goddamn unicorn. :lol:
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Hell, if all of the above, then congrats, you basically found a legitimate glitter-shitting goddamn unicorn. :lol:

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BugsyLove

Little Dog
This. Bonus points if, along with being structurally sound, you managed to find a Bully breeder whose dual registered dogs are actually appropriately registered with UKC as American Bully and not APBT, even more if they also do a minimum of cardiac and orthopedic health testing. Hell, if all of the above, then congrats, you basically found a legitimate glitter-shitting goddamn unicorn. :lol:


I DID get all of the above!

Needless to say, if he doesn't shit my glitter.. I'll just give him one of those gold flake shit pills.. Since of course, we all know these things run on diamond dust and liquid platinum.
 

BugsyLove

Little Dog
Those people are incredibly inconsistent. If they're consistent about anything, it's that they're consistently mediocre. I would pass.

Our Team - Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital Dr. Debbie Schaffer supposedly (I say "supposedly" as I have no personal experience with this person) does nice crops on Dobes/Danes/Boxers, ask for photos and references for AmStaff/APBTs she's done. Two things to keep in mind: A lot of vets who specialize in one type of ear (the long show crops on certain breeds) do NOT necessarily do spectacular work on breeds with shorter crops like APBTs, AmStaffs, etc. Some of them do. Always ask for photos and references! Also, it doesn't matter how nice the actual crop is, ask the vet if they wrap and/or rack freshly cropped ears, and if they do, request that they NOT do it. There doesn't need to be anything on the ear (especially on the cut edge or anything covering the ear canal) until the sutures come out and all of the scabs on the edges have fallen off on their own, then they can be posted.

Seven, any way you can clear up how you know they are mediocre? Do you have any experience through friends or personally?