VCA Phoenix West Animal Hospital

Ear Crop Services

We offer ear crop services for specialty dog breeds, including Dobermans, Pit Bulls, Great Danes, Boxers, Schnauzers and Miniature Pinschers. Veterinarian Dr. Alan J. Finlayson is skilled in this cosmetic procedure, and frequently performs crops on dogs' ears.

"Ear cropping is a safe cosmetic procedure for creating a distinctive, perked ear, which is a defining feature for many dog breeds," said Dr. Finlayson. "Unlike many common vet procedures, a successful ear crop requires a skilled, artistic touch. When choosing a vet to perform this procedure, it is essential that the vet has extensive training and experience."

Dr. Finlayson, who has been practicing as a vet in the Phoenix and Glendale communities since 1976, has successfully performed ear cropping for several decades.

The ear cropping procedure involves carefully removing about 2/3 of the ear along the back and top of the ear. Removing the weight of this tissue and supporting the ears in an upright position while the dog is still young, allows the ears to stand erect. Dogs that are born with long floppy ears like Doberman's, Great Danes, and Pit bulls, will have erect ears that stand upright after an ear crop. This requires the ear to be supported in an upright position as the dog matures. The best results occur when the dog's ears are cropped when the dog is less than 12 weeks old. Several different types of cropping styles are popular with different breeds, and Dr. Finlayson works closely with dog owners and breeders to ensure the final cropping is both aesthetically pleasing and safe for the dog.

Dr. Finlayson provides 6 weeks of after care at no additional cost to the dog owner. He works closely with dog owners to ensure that proper follow-up care is provided. Depending on the dog breed, the ear crop and training process will usually last 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes however, the occasional dog will need attention to the ears in the form of wrapping the ears with tape and supporting the ears with sponge material, wire and/or foam splints for several months. "The supports hold the ear upright while the cartilage matures and stiffens," said Dr. Finlayson. "Supporting the ear and the after care of the ears will help ensure the ears are upright and there is a good cosmetic outcome."

Many veterinarians delegate the after care of the ears to the dog owner. Dr. Finlayson feels this is an important part of the whole ear crop process and as a result provides this care for every dog he does an ear crop on for 6 weeks after the surgery. According to Dr. Finlayson, following the ear crop procedure, it is essential for the dog owner to make sure that the ears are cared for properly and supported. Post operative aftercare is just as important as the surgery in producing a good cosmetic result.

Please call our hospital for more information. We are happy to explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.



Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.

If it is after hours, you can call

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center (Mesa) - 480-898-0001

The Emergency Animal Clinic (23rd Ave and I-17) - 602-995-3757

The Emergency Animal Clinic (Dysart and McDowell) - 623-385-4555