We’ve sadly seen a rise in dogs with cropped ears in the UK.
Online searches for ‘dog ear cropping’ have surged in recent years and continue to rise. In the past month alone, searches have tripled. Vets nationwide have also reported an increase in the number of dogs coming into practices with cropped ears.
We support the Cut The Crop campaign. The rise in cases is a concerning trend and we want to help educate people on the realities of this illegal process, how it affects dogs and what steps should be considered when purchasing a dog.
What is ear cropping?
Sometimes known as ear clipping or docking, ear cropping, is an illegal mutilation. It also serves no benefit to dogs.
It is an unnecessary cosmetic procedure where part of the dog’s ear is cut off. Often, the dog’s ear is attached to a hard surface to shape them into an upright position, a process known as splinting.
Cropping is often performed on breeds such as Mastiff’s and Doberman’s ears.
What is wrong with ear cropping?
Ear cropping is illegal in the UK under the Animal Welfare Act. The procedure is often performed without anaesthesia or pain relief by unqualified people, which can be incredibly painful for the dog. Dogs are also prone to catching infections as their wounds heal.
It might sound obvious, however dogs need their ears. Ears are essential for dogs to communicate how they’re feeling. The position of their ears let us know if they are happy or anxious. Without their full ear, floppy or upright, they can struggle to communicate their emotions.
Although there are claims that ear cropping has benefits for dogs, such as improving hearing and lowering the risk of ear infection, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
How you can help stop ear cropping
Carry out research before you purchase breeds such as Dobermans or Mastiffs. Check out UK breeders and avoid any that have imported dogs with cropped ears.
We, like many others support the Cut The Crop campaign. We want to bring an end to ear cropping, that’s why we’re supporting the British Vets Association’s Cut The Crop campaign. Ear cropping is a needlessly painful and cruel mutilation, please help end ear cropping by signing the petition.
Article and image credit: myfamilyvets.co.uk/stop-ear-cropping