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Is it to late to get my dogs tail docked

My dog had puppies and they are now 3 weeks old is it to late to get my puppies tail docked.

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  • edited June 14 Answer ✓
    Dear Nancy,

    Before docking your dogs tails please consider these facts:

    Complications of docking dogs tail:

    • Formation of neuromas: Neuromas are bundles of swollen nerve fibers that try to grow at the site of the amputation and can cause severe pain.
    • Disruption of balance: Dogs use their tail to balance out their weight, both on land and when swimming.
    • Stress: Some puppies have been so stressed by the procedure that they've died of shock.
    • Impact on communication: Dogs communicate with other dogs by wagging -- to the left means fear and stress, and right signifies that they're relaxed. It's easier for other dogs to read these signals with a long tail.

    The Recommended Age for docking the tail in dogs:

    Usually usually it is recommended to be done around the age of 10-14 weeks old, the procedure requires full anaesthesia.

    Good luck :smile: 
    Al
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