Is Cropping Dog’s Ear Cruel?

Ear cropping is done for cosmetic purposes, not medical. Why risk an unnecessary medical procedure? Why can’t we just let our dogs remain the way they were when they came into the world – with those natural, floppy ears.

“After thoughtful consideration and reviewing medical research, we have determined it is in the best interest of the pets we treat, as well as the overall practice, to discontinue performing these unnecessary cosmetic procedures”. – Banfield Discontinues Cosmetic Ear Cropping, Tail Docking

Is Cropping Ears For Against Ear Infections?

is cropping ears for against ear infections

A dog’s genes are what makes them prone to chronic ear infections, not floppy ears. Despite what supporters say there’s no health benefit to cropping a dog’s ears, it’s just for looks. The number one risk for ear infections is a genetic predisposition, and dogs that traditionally have their ears cropped aren’t in that list.

Certain breeds with long, floppy ears are prone to ear infections it is true, but that’s not the case for Pit Bulls, Great Danes & Dobermans – breeds that commonly have their ears cropped. Dogs such as Cocker Spaniels & Bassett Hounds, which are prone to chronic ear infections, have a greater density of apocrine glands & other genetic factors that increase their risk for infection – not just because of their ears as floppy.

“This clustering of risk factors suggests the risk of otitis externa in pedigreed dogs must be considered on a breed-by-breed basis, and that grouping study samples by ear shape (e.g., pendulous or erect) may not be justified”. – Ear Cropping & Canine Otitis External FAQ, AVMA

Proponents of ear cropping love to tell you that it’s not just for looks – it’s for their dog’s health. The problem is that cropped ears don’t actually help protect against ear infections. Approximately 80% of dogs never get an ear infection, and that estimate includes all dogs whether their ears are cropped or not.

Ear Cropping Is Elective Cosmetic Surgery

ear cropping is elective cosmetic surgery

There’s a truth that ear cropping is elective & for cosmetic purposes, it’s come under a lot of scrutiny from animal welfare groups & veterinarians. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Australian Veterinary Association & the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) all oppose ear cropping. They deem it purely cosmetic in nature with potential negative outcomes for the animal.

Ear cropping has been banned in parts of Canada, all of Australia, New Zealand & in Scandinavian countries. And in 2009 Banfield Pet Hospital, one of the biggest veterinary chains in America, discontinued cosmetic ear cropping & tail docking.

“After thoughtful consideration and reviewing medical research, we have determined it is in the best interest of the pets we treat, as well as the overall practice, to discontinue performing these unnecessary cosmetic procedures”. – Banfield Discontinues Cosmetic Ear Cropping, Tail Docking

Is Ear Cropping A Common Defence?

is ear cropping a common defence

There is a lot of arguing back & forth about spay & neuter surgeries, and whether they’re necessary. Spay & Neuter help control unwanted litters of pups that are at risk for ending up shelters help fight against the millions of homeless pets that are euthanized each year (approximately 1.7 million homeless dogs are euthanized in American shelters each year).

While ears cropping is done for cosmetic purposes, not medical. Choosing to crop your dog’s ears is a decision made for your benefit, not theirs. It’s made because you prefer the look of an upright ear over floppy.

Ear Cropping Is Purely Cosmetic

ear cropping is purely cosmetic

Maybe you think it makes your dog look more imposing, or maybe you just prefer upright ears. That’s fine, but at least admit that it’s done for your benefit alone, not the dogs.

Beside how painful the ear cropping procedure is, and there’s a lot of psychological trauma involved, I don’t think your dog would choose to have a lot of their ears cut off. It’s not beneficial to them in any way.

Conclusion

A saying from Dr. Karen Becker in “Is Cropping Dogs’ Ears & Docking Tails Cruel?” will give the summary for “ears cropping”:

“Breed clubs tell us there were medical or work-related reasons for cutting off body parts years ago, which they say ended up setting a “breed standard” for people’s expectations of their appearance. There isn’t evidence pertaining to any medical benefits of removing body parts or even logical explanations of why the practice continues (other than the horrific truth of fighting dogs having less to bite when ear flaps, pinna, are cut off)”.

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