We recently got a Jack Russell Terrier from our neighbors, who could no longer care for her. They didn't, however, tell us that she was pregnant. Tali, as we've named her, is due in about a week. Research and vet visits have well prepared us for the birth (we've already made plans to have her spayed as soon as possible, and have found loving homes for the pups, all with family members). But, I'm curious about tail docking. Tali does have her tail done, herself. Are there negative effects? Is is purely cosmetic? When do we have the vet do it, if we decide to? To aproach your vet, do you simply ask for it?
Tail docking is illegal in australiaTail docking is painful & unneccessary operation
The basic nervous system of a dog is fully developed at birth and the available evidence indicates that puppies have similar, if not increased, sensitivity to pain as adult dogs. Docking a puppy's tail involves cutting through muscles, tendons, up to seven pairs of highly sensitive nerves and severing bone and cartilage connections. Tail docking is usually carried out without any anaesthesia. Puppies give repeated intense shrieking vocalisations the moment the tail is cut off and during stitching of the wound, indicating that they experience substantial pain. Inflammation and damage to the tissues also cause ongoing pain while the wound heals.
Cosmetic tail docking has also been banned in a number of countries including Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Denmark. Several other European countries including Cyprus, Greece, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Austria have also ratified a European Convention that prohibits the cosmetic docking of tails.
If you must get it done-get a vet to do it underneath anisetic