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Old 02-15-2007, 05:27 AM
 
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I have a Boxer puppy and I am considering having her ears cropped, but I'm not familiar with any vets around here (recently moved to Louisville.) Does anyone have any suggestions? I am willing to go up to 50 mile out of Louisville for a good veterinarian. It will be worth it.
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:40 AM
 
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Why on earth would you want to put your dear animal through that, can you imagine how painful that would be. As a european and rescuer it not only is illegal in England but considered cruel.
Please let you Boxer be as he was made to be.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Central Kentucky
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There is a wonderfel Vet in the Highlands area - on Bardstown Road. I cannot remember the name - but if you are traveling north on B-town road - after you pass Kroger on the left - and I think also past 'earxtacy' (music shop) you will find it on the left.

Oh - wait 0- it's called Fairliegh Vet. center. This vet goes out of her way to take care of animals - the only one a very dear frined of mine will use.

As far as the cropping goes - while I myself do not approve - it is your choice - it is painful and healing is tough - but if you really want it done - that is the ONLY veteranarian I would recommed.

They are in the yellow pages. If you have trouble finding them - pm me and I will do more in depth digging.

Kimmiey
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I think Cropping should be outlawed everywhere. It's mutilation for cosmetic purposes only. So sad that people still do that.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:43 AM
 
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margoa78: Ear cropping is not as painful and terrible as everyone makes it out to be. The ear flaps have no bone unlike a dog's tail and dew claws and a cat's claws (a declawed cat has had the first joint of its fingers cut off. Talk about painful) and those surgeries are very frequently performed. I, personally, don't agree with declawing [and debarking for that matter] but it happens all the time; and though I wish I could change the owner's mind I know I cannot. They believe what they want to believe and they will have it done. What I can hope for is that the surgery is performed by a licenced vet that knows what he/she is doing so it will be as calm and comfortable as it can be for the dog or cat.

Anyway, with that said, thank you for the recommendation kimmieyky, I will definitely look into it.

aween: Ear cropping was not and is not solely performed for cosmetic purposes. The Boxer was always cropped because the breed was used to hunt, fight and kill wild boar for their owners. The owners would remove the ear to keep it from being ripped off by a boar which I would imagine would be more painful than a steady hand. The Great Dane was cropped for that reason, too. The Doberman Pinscher on the other hand was cropped and docked because their abnormally long tails and ears could be used as handles by the criminal. Again, I think the dog would be in more pain if the ears are yanks and pulled at and the tail was dislocated.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:47 PM
 
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Sorry to disagree but Yes ear cropping is as painful and terrible as we make out. I hope they outlaw this cruel procedure in this country also. Why do you think you have trouble finding a vet that will do it.
I also dont agree with declawing or debarking either, that is also not done in other countries and many vets here now wont do that either.

Dont breed or buy while shelter animals die,

Margaret
Shih Tzu Rescue. S. California
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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Ear cropping was not and is not solely performed for cosmetic purposes. The Boxer was always cropped because the breed was used to hunt, fight and kill wild boar for their owners. The owners would remove the ear to keep it from being ripped off by a boar which I would imagine would be more painful than a steady hand

Is this how you plan to use the dog? If not PLEASE consider leaving her ears natural. Just because you can find a vet to do it (with difficulty) doesn't mean you should. I heard of a vet who was willing to cut off the healthy tail of a cat because the owner wanted a cat that looked like a Manx...

-Steve
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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from http://www.vet4petz.com/articles/cosmetic_surgery.htm


Cropping Your Dog's Ears
Ear cropping is done on a select group of dogs for cosmetic purposes only. Boxers, Great Danes, Doberman Pincers, Miniature Pincers, Schnauzers, Bouviers des Flandres, and American Pit Bull Terriers, are among the more common breeds in which ear cropping is performed.

Usually recommended to be done around the age of 10-14 weeks old, the procedure requires full anesthesia. The ears are then cut in a way that instead of flopping down to the side of the head, they stand erect on the head to a point.

In most breeds however, the ears require a period of bandaging and support splinting in order to get them to stand. This is essential for the ears to ultimately stand, and if not done sufficiently, the ears may not stand erect. The longer the ear length is, the more time required for splinting is necessary.

Although breeders can perform this procedure, it is best left to a licensed veterinarian, who has appropriate anesthetics. Puppies who undergo this procedure expect at least a few weeks of painful, sensitive ears. Unfortunately, the splinting of the ears is necessary especially during the early stages of healing, which adds to their discomfort. Unless you're planning to show your dog in conformation classes, ear cropping is un-necessary, and therefore becomes personal preference.

Be sure and understand all that is involved not only with the surgery, but afterwards during the splinting procedures. Know what to expect, and when to seek help during this time from your veterinarian, to avoid ears that ultimately won't stand.

The Association of Veterinary Medicine (AVMA), has recently made a statement regarding cosmetic ear cropping and tail docking in the dog. Essentially, and ultimately the AVMA would like to see this type of cosmetic procedure discontinued for cosmetic purposes only.


-Steve
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:50 PM
 
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Also see a thread here:

http://boxerboxerboxer.tribe.net/thr...0-e556932ecf8a

And look at the photos in http://www.boxerforums.com/modules.p...r=asc&&start=0 that is NOT a happy dog.

-Steve
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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I'm not going to get into the crop/no crop debate, but I'll tell you about our vet. My family has had boxers for over 30 years and has always taken our dogs to Shively Animal Clinic on Dixie Hwy. They've developed sort of a "cult" following over the years and the wait can be extremely long for general visits (especially if you want to see a particular doctor). You might want to drive by sometime and have a quick chat with the staff to help you decide if they're right for your boxer...
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