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Which crop style do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by RockerPit, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog

    wanted to add, the really only reason I did not get Logan cropped is because the cost and I don't know any vets around here that does it, my vet does not like cropped ears unless its not for cosmetic reasons (like how I wish I woulda gotten Goren's cropped because of his flop ear that gets infected easy) but I still woulda liked to have it done with Logan, oh well, he is not registered and is just a pet so I really did not see the need to fork over the cash or find a vet that does good crop jobs
     
  2. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    Contrary to popular belief cropping does not help prevent ear infections. In fact the ear canal is exposed to all manner of dirt and rain so the chances of ear infections are increased if anything. Just FYI. :)
     
  3. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    I think it depends on the ear.

    Before I finally managed to get Ethel's ears under some form of control (we'd go through her regimen of ear drops and ear cleaner, then a week after those were gone, she got another raging infection, and the cycle kept repeating itself), my vet brought up that because her ears are so heavy and floppy (they cover the whole side of her head pretty much), they're an ideal breeding ground for infections if moisture gets caught in there (which was if she ran out to pee in the rain, or god, even if it got really humid outside), we might have to look at cropping them to have some air flow in there. It wouldn't have been anything pretty, but it would have been beneficial to her.
     
  4. CelticKarma

    CelticKarma Good Dog

    I do not do my APBT's ears but if I did it would be a short crop. On our American Bullies I like a show crop....
     
  5. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    We have this debate all the time on Doberman forums, lol. My question is, if cropping helps with ear infections, why aren't heavily prone breeds like Basset hounds cropped? I've never seen any reliable proof that dogs with cropped ears are less prone to ear infections.
     
  6. camedina

    camedina Puppy

    I'm looking to crop my puppies ears but it is very hard to find a vet in oklahoma that does ear cropping..and i would love to learn more about the process and healing process...i do like the show crop 111107-233306.jpg
     
  7. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    Cute puppy. Good luck finding a vet... it's not really easy to find a decent cropping vet anywhere, I believe.
     
  8. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Well, I'm sure it goes hand in hand with the theory that people owning those breeds will keep up with their care, you get a heavy eared breed, you'd think you would clean their ears on a regular basis, along with all the folds and what not. But a lot of people don't know dick about dog care in general, and tons of people are oblivious to ear infections, allergies, skin infections, and teeth.

    Or you end up with a dog with allergies sent from the bowels of hell, and if it rains AND the trees are dropping crap everywhere, you're gonna have a bad time no matter what you do.:lol: We just have to treat it and wait it out until there's snow on the ground and she can have her 4 months of being a normal, happy dog.

    But as for the cropping, for Ethel, I can see where she would benefit if I didn't go out of my way to make sure her ears get cleaned. If you flip her ear open (which I try to do as much as possible), you can feel hot, moist air coming out. Even if just some of the bottom floppy part was cropped off, it would probably do wonders for air circulation.
     
  9. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I like short or show crops on AmStaffs and AmBullies, prefer APBT natural, and I'm a sucker for nice long elfy, goofy dane crops. My boys are actually shorter than I wanted, and are considered a medium pet crop. My next pup will have a long show crop.

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    Oh, and he couldn't have cared less about the four months of taping, he'd actually fall asleep while I posted his ears because he'd get an ear massage before.
     
  10. Pink

    Pink GRCH Dog

    Theodore Veterinary Hospital. ;)
     
  11. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    Really?? I know right where that is, it's only 15 minutes from here. I didn't know they did ears... Thanks :D More reasons for me to want a new Dobe pup, lol!
     
  12. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    I wondered the same thing with Tank... he's got drop ears and has had mild issues off and on with his ears being irritated. Sometimes I'd flip them open and tape them to each other so they could air out and it really seemed to help clear them up. Obviously we never went through with cropping but I did always wonder if it would have helped or made it worse.
     
  13. Pink

    Pink GRCH Dog

    Really! I really like them. They did a wonderful job, and are super professional, IMO. I would recommend them to anyone. :)
     
  14. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    I haven't actually been in but I might take Bonnie up there to check them out. She's due for a "wellness visit" in a few months. I like how close they are, but I didn't know which vet to pick when I left Dr. Greer, and I just went with the first vet I saw who didn't endorse Science Diet on their website. LOL
     
  15. Pink

    Pink GRCH Dog

    Yeah.. I don't know how they are, other than concerning crops. I had met and talked to only one doctor (they have a few). And Dr. Myers was wonderful. I'd definitely check it out, if I were you.
     
  16. Prophecy

    Prophecy Good Dog

    I agree.It really does depend on the way the ear is structured.Had a beagle that had chronic ear infections for the 15years he was alive.Bella has rose ears and has sparkling clean ears 99% of the time,munchie has down ears and hers are very clean,my one GSD has the most filthy dang ears(she gets cleaned with a dry cotton ball 2x week) My other two GSD have very clean ears in contrast. All my gsd's have erect ears with fairly large ear flaps.
     
  17. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

    I actually wanted the longer crop, but i got the short crop...yay for local small town vet. But i think it turned out for the better since in underestimated Czars over sized head.

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  18. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    I wanna se a front shot of those ears! lol
     
  19. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

  20. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    Oh man! Look at that face! I want to fed him steak all day! :lol:
     

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