For many of these dogs, ear cropping is part of a standard for the breed, but there are more than cosmetic reasons for ear cropping. Many breeders and dog owners feel that cropped ears, which stand up and allow better air circulation to the ear canals, prevent the occurrence of ear infections that are more common when moisture and poor air circulation cause bacterial and fungal infections to proliferate. If a dog suffers from chronic ear infections, not only are they uncomfortable, but permanent hearing loss can occur when delicate structures are damaged.
Ear cropping is performed on young puppies, under anesthetic. During the procedure, a veterinarian removes extra ear flap tissue, sutures incisions, and then bandages and affixes ears to a support structure or splint so they heal in an upright position. Cleaning the cropped ears during healing is part of the recovery process.
Your veterinarian may prescribe pain medication to help your puppy be more comfortable, but your puppy may be feeling unwell from the after-effects of anesthetic and may be reluctant to have their sore ears handled for cleaning.
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If your dog requires their ears cropped as a puppy, maintaining a clean site for ear incisions to heal and then taping and supporting ears so they heal in an upright position will be required. It is important to keep incisions clean and prevent scabs from developing. You will also want to make sure that taped ears do not become soiled; wet tape needs to be replaced.
If you see signs of infection, get veterinary attention immediately. Be patient with your puppy as undergoing anesthetic, having sore ears, and having ears taped and supported can be uncomfortable for them. Handle gently!
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