One of the dogs I walk as a volunteer at the Humane Society is a sweet 4 year old fawn boxer. She never had a thing done to her as a pup, neither ear cropping nor tail docking, but she is still a fine looking dog. Heck, she probably never saw a vet until she ended up at the Humane Society. If I claimed this dog as my own, however, I would at least like to get her tail docked.
My question: Objections from PETA aside, is she too old for that procedure?
Yes, she absolutely is too old to have it done. I doubt you could even find a vet willing to do it. At least, I HOPE no vet would do it. Both of my dogs had their tails docked, but it was done at just 3 days old.
If you really like this dog and are thinking of adopting-why would you even want to put her through it? If you want a dog with a docked tail-adopt one that already has it done, and let this dog go to someone who will love her just as she is.
At this point it is considered an amputation, most vets would never do it without reason. IF she were to injure her tail and it would not heal then you maybe able to find a vet to do it, but uninjured I doubt.
Thanks for the replies. I admit, I would want it done purely for cosmetic reasons, but if it will be too painful and traumatic, I will not consider it further. I thought it might simply be an innocuous procedure.
At her age, it could actually do more harm the good. When they are 3-5days, the nerves have not set in and the tail is more cartilige then bone. Now she actually has a bone and nerves. If it was done, damage could be caused to the nerves, and result in uncontrolable bowel. Love her for what she is.