SOURCE: Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square

November 30, 2011 10:30 ET

Kansas City Veterinarian Announces Dog and Cat Surgery and Dog Ear Cropping Services

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square announced that the vet clinic offers ear cropping services for specialty dog breeds. Ear cropping is a cosmetic procedure done to create the distinctive perked ear associated with certain dog breeds, such as Doberman. In addition to ear cropping, the Kansas City vet clinic offers comprehensive dog and cat surgery, including spay and neuter operations, laser surgery, and therapeutic laser treatments. The veterinary clinic also provides routine wellness care services, vaccinations, comprehensive pet dental care, pet grooming, pet boarding and holistic pet care.

Dr. Billie Deam, veterinarian and owner of the Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square, announced that the vet clinic offers Kansas City pet cosmetic surgery, including dog ear cropping. Dr. Charles Sackett, a veterinarian with the clinic, performs the ear cropping service for Boxers, Dobermans, Great Danes, Miniature Pinschers, Staffordshire Terriers, Schnauzers, Boston Terriers, Cane Corsos, and Neapolitan Mastiffs.

"Ear cropping is a safe pet cosmetic surgery used to create the distinctive, perked ear, which is a characteristic feature associated with many dog breeds, including Dobermans," said Dr. Sackett. "This is a delicate procedure requiring a deft hand and artistic touch in order to properly shape the ear. I encourage all pet owners and breeders who are considering this procedure to carefully select a vet clinic with extensive experience."

Dr. Sackett has been successfully performing ear cropping, along with other cosmetic and surgical vet procedures, for over five decades. Dr. Sackett graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1957.

Dog ear cropping is typically performed on a puppy between the ages of 9 and 12 weeks. During an ear cropping procedure, the soft, outer membrane of a dog's ear is carefully trimmed away. Dogs like Dobermans are born with a long, flopping ear, and trimming away the outer membrane allows the thick inner ear to be reshaped as the distinctive, perked ear.

Depending on the breed, different cropping styles are popular. Following the cropping surgery, Dr. Sackett and the clinic staff will wrap or tape the ear in order to stiffen the cartilage, as well as provide the necessary care for the pet owner.

"I work closely with pet owners and breeders both before and after the surgery to ensure that the end result is both aesthetically pleasing and that the operation and follow-up care is completely safe for the dog," said Dr. Sackett. "Meticulous care must be taken following this cosmetic procedure to ensure the ear properly stiffens and remains upright, and we provide that necessary after-care."

In addition to pet cosmetic surgery, Dr. Deam and the vet staff also provide comprehensive surgical procedures, including preventive care like spay and neuter operations. The animal hospital also offers laser surgery and therapeutic laser treatments.

"Laser surgery can help a number of pet ailments, including arthritis and 'dead tail' disease," said Dr. Deam. "In some cases, laser surgery can greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications, while helping pets be comfortable jumping, running and playing fetch."

Breeders and pet owners who wish to learn more about the ear cropping services at the animal clinic, along with dog and cat surgery services, may do so by visiting the clinic's website,

Contact Information

  • Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square
    Kansas City, MO