We typically utilize a pre-anesthetic sedative/pain control combination of drugs before the puppy is anesthetized. This drug combination lingers past the surgery so that the animal rests quietly and comfortably, and with minimal discomfort. A Complete Anesthesia state is utilized during the surgical process in which part of the ear is removed. Depending on the puppy, we use either Isoflurane or Sevoflurane as our Gas Anesthetics. The surgical procedure itself takes approximately 45-90 minutes to perform.
Post operatively, medication will be sent home to insure the relief of pain, prevent possible infection, and aid in sedation of your puppy if needed. Follow up home care consists of a daily adjustment of the puppy’s ear supports and weekly visits back to us for recheck evaluations. Our Ear Crop supports are typically left in the ears until they stand erect. This length of time generally takes between 3 and 6 weeks, depending on the breed, the length of crop, and the strength of the cartilage in the ears.
Unfortunately, not every puppy’s ears will always stand following surgery. Despite our efforts, sometimes ears just won’t stand. It is generally due to an animal’s genetics, cartilage strength, or poor follow up aftercare by an owner. Although we try to minimize failure with pre-surgical screenings, risk of failure must be accepted prior to the decision to have surgery.