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Canine Ear Cropping Banned in Manitoba | Care2 Causes

Canine Ear Cropping Banned in Manitoba | Care2 Causes

Under a new provincial bylaw, Manitoba vets can no longer perform ear cropping surgery on dogs, The Winnipeg Free Press reports. Anyone performing this surgery can be charged under Manitoba’s Animal Care Act. Ear cropping is a common cosmetic surgery performed on puppies of certain breeds, usually between the ages of seven to 12 weeks. It’s used by breeders and dog owners to achieve breed standards, specifically, the perky ears Doberman pinschers and miniature pinschers are known for. A Doberman owner quoted in the story said that his dog is the only one of his litter to have natural ears. He said, “We weren’t going to show him. But we were told it would be better for him hygienically.” He remained steadfast and spared his dog the painful surgery and long recovery time. In fact, there is no medical reason for ear cropping. The story of ear hygiene seems to be a myth some b...

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