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Cosmetic Surgery


Cosmetic surgery may be performed on your pet. Tail docking and ear cropping are options for owners to uphold a certain look associated with a breed.

Dog in park with tongue out
Dog in park with tongue out

Overview

Cosmetic surgery may be performed on your pet if you wish. The two most common veterinary cosmetic surgeries are tail docking and ear cropping for dogs.

Why would my pet need cosmetic surgery?

Typical cosmetic surgeries have no proven medical benefit, and are purely performed for preference in appearance. Typical dog pedigree breeds these procedures are associated with are Doberman pinscher, German shorthaired pointers, schnauzers, boxer, Great Dane, and Pit Bull terrier.

When should my pet have cosmetic surgery?

Tail Docking or “bobbing” is the removal of part or all of a dog’s tail. This is typically done when the dog is just a few days old while their tail is still soft. There are no proven preventative or medical reasons for tail docking, although some argue that it can help hunting dogs or breeds with a lot of energy avoid injury when they are active. It is strictly used for appearance preferences at the owner’s request.

Ear Cropping is the removal off the floppy part of a dog’s ear. After removal, the ears are taped upright to a hard surface while they heal. This is typically done when the dog is 6-12 weeks old. Ear cropping is believed to increase hearing and decrease the risk of ear infection, although not scientifically proven. Ear cropping is desired by pet owners to uphold a certain look associated with a breed.

How should I inquire about these services?

Schedule an appointment with our veterinarians to discuss the benefits, risks and timelines of any cosmetic procedure.