|Barked: Wed Dec 31, '08 6:52am PST |
|I paid $125 to get Hans' ears done in 1994. That included pain meds and the works during surgery (IV in place, IV fluids, IV pain meds, ect). The tape started bugging him the next afternoon. We took it off and he left them alone.
I've seen up to $300 for laser cropping. Don't know if that included all of the "extras". There is a vet in Jacksonville that will do a basic crop for $150 (none of the extras). He charges $85 to $100 for debarking.
I've never had problems with dewclaws. I decided a long time ago that if one ever became a problem, we'd go ahead with the amputation. I look at them on a case by case basis. Some dogs use them more than others. It doesn't just hang there; you can viably see the muscle group that moves it.
All of the vets I've spoken with do these things between 10 and 20 weeks, though most prefer 16 weeks as the cut off.
Tattooing wise, check around at some of the shows. Some of the kennels have their own gun and will ink dogs on the lunch break or after the are done in the ring. I opted to have a vet ink Scooter. Being a Beagle, he doesn't take pain as well as an APBT so putting him under was a risk worth taking. That vet was use to inking cows, so the numbers are huge.
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