First off I highly doubt a vet told you todo it yourself, seconly if you have never dont it how do you even know where to dock at? Do you know how many tail bones to cut after? Can you evenfeel the difference between the bones so you can cut?
Not that I would do it myself, but my vet has told me that he has shown a lot of breeders how to cut their own tails, because we got on the subject of my husband's Boxer's tail. I guess it depends on the veterinarian.
and there are large numbers of breeders that do their own docking, but this person is not a breeder they have no clue what to do, and the vet supposedly told the to just take a pair of scissors and cut them off
***Edited By: ruffian on 9/5/2006 4:58:23 AM*** Reason: sp
I didn't ask because I told him I would never have to worry about doing something like that. If I had puppies that had to have their tails docked I told him I prefer him to do it, I just don't think I have the stomach for that.
Dont do it yourself. Every breed has a different standard for their tails. Rotties have short ones. While JRT have a bit longer. How would you know the right place to dock them at? For the puppies sake have the vet do it.
Don't think that every vet knows what they are doing. I had a friend who had a litter of Boxer puppies and they took them at 3 days old to have their tails docked, when they got the puppies back from the vet, the tails were too short. They were pretty upset, but the vet didn't act like he was concerned.
I do my own docking-BUT-I have been raising for years and it was at least a year before I started to do it on my own. My vet trained me to do the docking.
My advice is to not take this on yourself. I'm not sure if anyone here has mentioned it or not, but you can cause serious damage doing this alone or by being inexperienced. It is not a matter of just taking a pair of scissors and doing a little trimming. There is a correct place, a correct proceedure and a correct follow up for care. Please take this to a vet.
The end should be sutured together or there will be a bald spot on the tip.And yes the puppies can bleed, sometimes alot. We numb the tails before we do them, and they are cut at just the right place, and then sutured closed.They are all given injections for infections and then are sent home to mom.
I just got off the phone with a registered breeder friend of mine. Who highly recommends going to the vet to have the tails docked! Don't try to cut costs when it comes to puppies. A healthy puppy is a happy puppy!
***Edited By: irishgirl on 9/5/2006 8:27:31 PM*** Reason: sp corr