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Is docking painful, surely it is an unjustified mutilation?

The CDB claim that docking cannot be described as a mutilation. This emotive term is completely without foundation and is used by singularly ill-informed sources. Pain is not an issue, as agreed by Mr J. Walsby MRCVS, Past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. When docking is carried out proficiently on whelps aged 2-7 days, there is a minimal amount of momentary discomfort and the puppies can immediately resume sucking on the dam with no sign of distress to either dam or whelp. Prof. Dr. R. Fritsch explains why tail docking in very young pups is not painful.

Is there a prophylactic advantage ?

The main prophylactic advantages are the minimising of tail damage and/or preventing infection in later life. Docking is carried out to protect the future welfare of the whelp.

Doesn't a dogs tail assist balance and communication?

Balance and communication is not affected by docking as explained in a letter from Prof. Q. Latham Ph D.

Where adult tail amputation is necessary, can't pain be minimised by

anaesthetics?

To stop the docking of whelps on this understanding, is a somewhat cynical view which does not address the phantom limb problem that can occur. Additionally there is a considerable risk in anaesthesia. The repair of chronic tail injuries are often protracted, difficult and traumatic for both dog and owner.
FAQ

Is docking painful, surely it is an

unjustified mutilation?

The CDB claim that docking cannot be described as a mutilation. This emotive term is completely without foundation and is used by singularly ill- informed sources. Pain is not an issue, as agreed by Mr J. Walsby MRCVS, Past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. When docking is carried out proficiently on whelps aged 2-7 days, there is a minimal amount of momentary discomfort and the puppies can immediately resume sucking on the dam with no sign of distress to either dam or whelp. Prof. Dr. R. Fritsch explains why tail docking in very young pups is not painful.

Is there a prophylactic advantage ?

The main prophylactic advantages are the minimising of tail damage and/or preventing infection in later life. Docking is carried out to protect the future welfare of the whelp.

Doesn't a dogs tail assist balance

and communication?

Balance and communication is not affected by docking as explained in a letter from Prof. Q. Latham Ph D.

Where adult tail amputation is

necessary, can't pain be minimised

by anaesthetics?

To stop the docking of whelps on this understanding, is a somewhat cynical view which does not address the phantom limb problem that can occur. Additionally there is a considerable risk in anaesthesia. The repair of chronic tail injuries are often protracted, difficult and traumatic for both dog and owner.
FAQ
CDB Information is part of the Council of Docked Breeds (UK) organisation, now disbanded