Although elective surgery for dogs may sound a little bizarre, there are a number of procedures that owners pay for, including cropping. Many people pay to have their boxer’s ears cropped, primarily for aesthetic purposes. Docking is a procedure that is commonly done along with cropping, and it consists of remove a large portion of the dog’s tail. Cropping, on the other hand, involves cutting off the part of the dog’s ears that makes them floppy, causing them to stand straight up at all times. This procedure is typically performed under anesthesia on dogs that are between 6 and 12 weeks old.
After the dog undergoes the cropping procedure, their ears are taped to a hard surface for a few weeks while they heal. Many vets claim that ear cropping is becoming less and less common in places all over the world. Lots of people who plan to enter their boxers into shows or contests will find that cropping is an absolute necessity, at least if they want to do well with their pets. There are some risks that are associated with cropping and docking, which is why it is so important to get all of the information before making a final decision.
Cropping can be ineffective with certain dogs for a number of reasons. Sometimes the scar tissue formed along the ear margin causes the ears to flop down over time. If the cartilage within the pinna is too thin to support the weight of the ear, it can cause the ears to fall down even after they have been cropped. Some people decide to have their dog’s ears cropped so that an attacker cannot grab onto them if they are defending their owners against some who breaks into their home.
Other people tend to pay for the cropping procedure for purely aesthetic reasons. Those who enter their dogs into shows or contests will find that this procedure is a necessity. Despite what some people claim, the inner ear is still protected even if the ears are cropped. The biggest risk associated with cropping your dog’s ears is that the procedure will not take for one reason or another. Not all dog’s ears stay cropped up, so you will need to consider this before deciding whether or not you want to pay for this procedure for your pet.
Another reason to consider having your boxer’s ears cropped is that doing so will prevent their ears from getting bitten if they get into a fight with another dog. It will be much more difficult for a dog that is attacking your boxer to bite its ears off because they will be standing straight up instead of flopping around. The dog does not feel any pain during the cropping procedure because anesthesia is used. While there are some potential benefits associated with getting your boxer’s ears cropped, it is completely optional. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of this procedure before making up your mind.