this is how we do it where i work. it is usually done when the pups are 3 days old. they are not anesthetized, the nerve endings in their tails have not fully developed at that age so they dont really feel it. the tail is marked off at the point of where it needs to be cut so it is the proper length for when it grows up. the tail is then cut off in between the verterbrae with a heavy duty surgical scissor. then they are stitched up.
one of the biggest problems with tail docking is that a lot of those who do it do not leave enough skin at the end of them. you know this because when the dog grow, the tip of their stub is a bald patch. and if not enough is left they dan have problems healing cause the bony vertebrae rub right on the skin and cause sores.
Very good answer Scout1. Another thing, if you don't get the tail docked within the first couple of days don't get it done at all. Doing it on an adult dog is a lot more traumatic, painful, and slower to heal.
We had a doberman pup that docked at 16 weeks when her ears were done and it healed just as readily as her ears and never gave her trouble. Heck she acted like she never had a procedure done. Though it made her appearance very stoical.
I don't believe in docking, cropping, chopping, mutilating, etc. Just to make them more aethically appealing. No, I would never subject any dog for vanity sake. I love the way they look when they entered this world.
I asked my Vet about this when I took my last litter of toy poodle puppies in to have the tails docked and the dew claws removed. At first I asked if I could watch ...no was the answer He gave me. So then, I asked how this was done. again he did not want to tell me much about it..only that it should be done before the puppies were 4 days old because after that the bones started to harden. I really wanted to know as I like to know everything about my puppies. So I took a different approach. I bought one of my dogs from a lady who did her own tails and dew claws so I called her and asked if she wouldn't mind explaining how this is done and this was the answer she gave me.... She said that she takes a stirile pair of hymostats and clamps it on the tail where she wants the tail to be, then the part she wants to remove is at the bottom, she twist this around about 2 or 3 turns and pull and it just pops off. Then she puts a couple of drops of tissue glue on the end and that is that. She said it doesn't bleed and the puppy never notices it has been done. It sounds simple...maybe that is why my vet didn't want to explain how it is done or maybe he thought I would try to do this myself. I don't know but I do know he didn't want me to know for some reason....who knows
i hada deaf dane who constantly beat his tail against things to feel the vibrations. He always had a sore from the constant banging. After a year of trying too get it to heal because he tore everythign off the vet said the kindest thing to do would e to dock his tail and it would minimize infection from not always having an open sore. He healed fine and adjusted well to not having a tail. Looked funny on a dane though. (and no I have never had any of my danes ears done. I don't show or breed so why take the risk puting them under.)
I don't know if your last comment was directd towards me but I docked the danes tail on the recommendation from the vet due to the constant sore he was opening on his tail. And it was not done lightly. But after a year of cleaning and bandaging daily. Also he was a puppy I rescued from a local breeder who was going to put him down because he was deaf and she could not SELL him!
My vet actually does not stitch them. He uses a glue to close the tip. The pups comes home with the tips of the tail 'pinched' looking and a heavy hard white glue on it. I love it, the mom doesnt bother the tails and they heal nicely. A good dock is important to me since we show and I have great success with this style.
A fellow breeder that just had a litter has a vet who still stitches the tails, and one of the pups has had to go back to the vet 3 times now, because the mom kept licking at the tails and tore the stitch out multiple times causing bleeding and a re-stitch needed. This last time, he finally glued it and she said it is now healing nicely and mom has left it alone.
Hi I am expecting a litter of miniature poodles puppies in 3 weeks. My vet doesn't know the right length to leave the tails for show dogs. Doesn't any one knows. I would figure you would leave on 2/3 of the tail. Help!