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Posted : 7/19/2007 4:44:44 PM
Posted : 7/19/2007 4:48:06 PM
I hate to ask this because I am afraid of the answer, but how do breeders remove the dew claws from the pup? My littermate sister Great Danes came with their claws removed.
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Posted : 7/19/2007 5:22:02 PM
Why Dock Tails? 1. To avoid tail damage - This is the most important reason for docking a tail. Australian Shepherds were raised in the rought Western areas of the United States, which, if you have never visited, have tough weeds, tall grasses, and plenty of other hazards. Working in this condition will easily lead to torn and bleedin tails, which, of course are very painful and hard to treat. If the tail is docked, it eliminates the rist of injury. it also lessens chances of matting. 2. For reasons of hygiene
Dogs with thick hair have a good chance of getting feces on themselves and caught in the tail. Docking can greatly reduce the hygiene problems.
3. To maintain breed standards
Should the docking of tails be eliminated, hundreds of otherwise good breeding animals wouuld be removed from gene pools and this could be a huge downfall for the breed.
There are numerous other minor reasons, but these are the BIG THREE.
How is Docking done?
There are two methods of docking. The majority of breeders used the technique known as "banding", in which a ligature, normally an orthodontic band, was placed over the end of the puppies tail at 24-96 hours old. This effectively cuts off the blood supply to the end of the tail, which comes away within 3 days.
Most vets used to cut the tail with surgical scissors, known as hemostats. There is generally no need for stitches, but on occasions these can be used, especially with the larger breeds.
Does it hurt?
Docking is carried out when puppies are tiny. Their eyes are not yet open and long experience indicates that carried out correctly, the procedure causes little or no pain or discomfort. Indeed, some puppies which are docked whilst they are asleep, do not even wake up. After docking, puppies will immediately return to their dam to feed, and there is no evidence that development or weight gain is in any way arrested by the docking procedure.
Nor does a dog which has been docked as a puppy have any problems with balance or communication.
If, however, tail damage occurs during adulthood and docking has to be carried out for therapeutic reasons, normally under anaesthetic, a dog can be seriously distressed and the healing process can be painful and protracted.
Posted : 7/19/2007 5:28:57 PM
Posted : 7/19/2007 5:38:52 PM
Cropping and docking done for cosmetic purposes is, in my opinion, 100% wrong. I hate it, and would never have it done...but that's just me.
Docking a dog's tail because it constantly bangs into things and splits its tail open and bleeds (Butter does this...ugh) I can see...it prevents broken tails and bleeding and pain.
Cropping the ears on say, a dog who hunts and is constantly tearing his ears to shreds while running through briar patches, I can also get behind.
So basically, for me, if it serves a real *purpose,* it's fine. If it's done to fit a standard or for aesthetics, I don't like it.
Again, just my personal opinion.
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