If you wish to crop a Pitbull’s ears, it is recommended that you do so when the pooch is between seven to twelve weeks old.
Puppy Pitbulls are still in the early stages of development, and as such, their ears are easier to crop and maintain in an erect position.
As the puppy grows older, its ear cartilage becomes thicker, thereby complicating the ear cropping process, and also leading to a longer recovery phase. In addition, carrying out ear cropping on adult Pitbulls greatly reduces the chances of keeping the pooch’s ears erect post-surgery.
How Much Does Ear Cropping Cost For A Pitbull?
The cost for carrying out an ear cropping procedure varies and it typically ranges between $150 to $600. The amount that will eventually be spent to crop a Pitbull’s ear is greatly influenced by the pooch’s age, your location, and the development or non-development of complications during the cropping procedure.
How Are The Ears Of A Pitbull Cropped?
As stated earlier, ear cropping is best done on puppy Pitbulls, and not adults. That said, Pitbull ear cropping is typically carried out following the steps listed below:
Preparing The Puppy For Cropping
The ear cropping procedure typically starts by placing the puppy Pitbull on sedatives and anesthetics to prevent the pooch from panicking during the procedure. Antibiotics are also administered to fight against infections, and painkillers are given to the Pittie to reduce pain during the procedure.
The Pitbull’s ears are then thoroughly cleaned, and the portion to be cropped is marked out by the vet.
Choosing A Cut Style
Before proceeding to crop the Pitbull’s ears, the vet will typically have you choose from any of the available crop styles for the pooch. Generally, ear cropping styles for Pitbulls include:
- Long crops
- Show crops
- Short crops
- Battle crops
And the portion of the Pitbull’s ear to be removed is dependent on the cropping style that is chosen for the pooch.