Kay's Hilltop Boxers
First, if you feel you want to crop, please DO NOT be persuaded by those who will insist that this is a cruel surgery. Ask Acepromazine has been known to cause death in Boxers.
yourself would a breeder or people who obviously loves their dog do something intentionally cruel? It is a cosmetic surgery, but
a Veterinarian does the procedure while the puppy is asleep. Note that at this time, AKC requires cropping if you choose to
show your dog. If the dog is not cropped, it is counted as a deviation from the standard and is judged to the extent of the
This is a cosmetic surgery, and is not necessary if you simply have a boxer as a pet. It is a personal preference. Generally
cropping is done between 3-4 months of age. Vets may vary as to what age the cropping will take place. Selecting a
knowledgeable Vet will insure, the healing process to be swift.
Things to be prepared for if you choose to crop are as follows:
When the surgery is over, your pup will return to normal usually by the same evening. Mainly, you must watch to make sure the
pup does not scratch at his stitches. (And possibly pull one!)
During the first week, you must keep the sutures clean and free of scabbing. This is not necessarily hard to do, and Neosporin
can be used to soften any scabs. Persistence is the main issue! Pups don't like to hold still for anything!
There are many methods of ear taping, and different Vets prefer different methods! It’s best to take the advice of a Vet and try
the methods they suggest. If it doesn't seem to work for you, there are other methods available to try with many tutorials online.
Ear taping can last anywhere from a month after surgery up to when the pup is 8+ months old. It depends on the crop, the
quality of the dog’s ear leather, and your persistence in keeping the ear taped!
Do be prepared to have maintenance... cropping IS NOT an instant gratification. It takes lots of patience and persistence, and
tape to get these ears to stand properly. If you don’t feel you can deal with frequent taping, it would be advised to not crop.
Many people will debate that a cropped ear is cleaner and easier to maintain, while others will argue the opposite. Whether you
choose to crop, or not, you still need to maintain your dog’s ear health by cleaning, and checking for debris.
Cropping is not cruel or a mutilation. It is a cosmetic surgery that a Veterinarian performs under sterile and clean environments.
Of course, as with any surgery, there are risks.... any time you put your dog under there are risks of problems. Just be sure you
inform your vet NOT to use Acepromazine, which is a common drug used to put dogs to sleep before surgery.
If you choose to crop, look for an experienced Vet and be prepared for the aftercare.
If you choose to keep those floppy ears, enjoy them as well!
Recommended Vet: Dowlen Road Veterinary Center: (409) 860-4386 Fax: (409) 860-1610
* Kelley Kays, D.V.M.
2396 Dowlen Road
Beaumont, Tx. 77706
Whatever you decide, be comfortable with your decision... there is no "right" or "wrong".
Just be sure to practice regular ear cleaning, and maintenance!!