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    Possible Tail Docking

    Hi Guys

    My HWV is going back to the vet as his tail continuously bleeds with the amount of wagging and banging of anything that is in the way.
    He licks it all the time and the cream that the vet gave has not worked.
    My fear is that at 15 months, the vet may decide that it would be better for him to have his tail docked.
    My question is has anybody on the Forum had to go through this and were there any side affects .
    I have to be honest I am not looking forward to the outcome but he comes first and I will do what is needed.

    Regards
    DavieH

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    It's a common operation that usually goes well. The biggest mistake some vets make is leaving too much tail. That then wags and frequently breaks down. I take them quite short and very rarely have a problem.

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    And yet there are folk out there who still think docking is barbaric! It is not just working spaniels that require docking when a few days old. The sooner this law is allowed an exemption in Scotland for working breeds the better. Good luck with the op Davie. I know one or two guys who's dogs also went through it later in life for the very reasons you describe, and theirs were fine afterwards.

    I have held the pups when the vet has done mine before and it takes 2 seconds to snip off as a 4 day old pup and occasionally they give a tiny 'yip', now needing a general anaesthetic and stitches when older....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    And yet there are folk out there who still think docking is barbaric! It is not just working spaniels that require docking when a few days old. The sooner this law is allowed an exemption in Scotland for working breeds the better. Good luck with the op Davie. I know one or two guys who's dogs also went through it later in life for the very reasons you describe, and theirs were fine afterwards.

    I have held the pups when the vet has done mine before and it takes 2 seconds to snip off as a 4 day old pup and occasionally they give a tiny 'yip', now needing a general anaesthetic and stitches when older....
    +1,it's a joke when dogs need to be docked at an older age,on welfare grounds alone it should never have been banned!
    It's ok to cause pain to a dog up to a certain age then chop its tail off,whereas when pups they don't feel a thing,mind you all extra money for vets though,presumably that's why they were all for a ban on docking!!

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    Take photographs of the damage, write a letter enclosing the pics to your MSP, send the same letter to the SGA. I know your dog was not born in this country but it is typical of the injury and pain that can be inflicted. There was a study being carried out at one of the Glasgow universities and they certainly would be interested. I'll look back my old emails and get you the person to contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    And yet there are folk out there who still think docking is barbaric! It is not just working spaniels that require docking when a few days old. The sooner this law is allowed an exemption in Scotland for working breeds the better. Good luck with the op Davie. I know one or two guys who's dogs also went through it later in life for the very reasons you describe, and theirs were fine afterwards.

    I have held the pups when the vet has done mine before and it takes 2 seconds to snip off as a 4 day old pup and occasionally they give a tiny 'yip', now needing a general anaesthetic and stitches when older....
    I couldn't agree more . . . . yet more legislative nonsense.

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    Davie, The person is Rose Lederer and her email address is 1013832L@student.gla.ac.uk

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    Many thanks for all of your info.

    DavieH

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    I Know of several Hwv's that have had tail amputations due to tail damage , all have been done to the standard 1/3rd removed with no problems after the op .
    As others have said , its a lot for the dog to go through with with having a general anesthetic etc when this could have been done easily when the pup was 2 - 3 days old , also this will be an expensive exercise but is the only way to get a satisfactory outcome for your dog
    Last edited by grumpyoldsod; 17-05-2012 at 17:09.

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    Davie,

    It looks like it will have to get docked mate, I had the same happen to my dog and the kennel looked like a slaughter house every morning. No amount of cream will help.

    Odin had to have his tail taken off at 10 months old. The vets I used which I thought were a professional rural outfit just didnt give him the proper after care he should of got. When I took him to a local vet 5 mins down the road she spotted what was wrong straight away. Basically the anti-biotics he was given had an effect on the bacteria in his digestive system which caused rapid weight loss over a week or so due to sickness and vomiting.

    It took a good 6 months to get him right again. Ive no doubt alot of un-neccessary suffering and pain was caused by the vet not spotting the signs early on. Im glad I had insurance because by the time he was sorted it was a hefty bill.

    I know that 9 times out of 10 this is not the case but after that episode I would never buy a puppie which has not been docked. But it seems more and more breeders are leaning towards un-docked litters and too be honest you cant really blame them, they limit there potential customers instantly by docking a litter.

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