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Old 01-17-2010, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I understand some breeders do the tail docking and dewclaw removal themselves. How is it done?

I've seen it done at the vet's before. Chopped off with clippers or scissors and then sutured shut.

How do the breeders do it?
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I've heard of breeders using nail clippers for the dewclaws and using the powder you use on bleeding nails to seal the wound. There's no way in hell I'd ever do it myself if I were a breeder :x I'd be too scared, plus, if they cried I'd lose it.
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I would think that just using powder after dewclaws and not suturing would leave an ugly scar! I am interested to know how breeders do it at home too.
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Here's a list of videos I found. Some of them are not for the squeamish (like me, for example). Why do I look at these things??

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I would think that just using powder after dewclaws and not suturing would leave an ugly scar! I am interested to know how breeders do it at home too.
yup; you can always tell a home job vs a vet job on the tail & dew claws, by the big ugly scar!
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Wow, with the home jobs I'm seeing there's pretty much no blood on both the tails and dewclaws, but blood with the ones done at the vet, and they cried more.
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I'm definitely for dew claw removal. It saves you and your pet from more pain later in life...but I could honestly not do it myself!

I'd cry the whole time.

I'm more interested in tail docking at home...that to me is something that should be done by a vet and sutured closed.
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I think a lot of breeders do the tails themselves b/c it's not easy to find a vet who will do docking and do it properly. Poodles in particular are supposed to have a longer docked tail and I've heard of many vets doing the tails too short. I have no idea who did Harley's tail but it's too long for a Rottie. It almost looks like a Dobie tail.
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Isn't the standard for poodles to have a third taken off? I hear of a lot of people doing half on half off.
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The new standard seems to be 1/3 off.... 2/3 on. We measured exactly with the latest litter and the vet used a laser. The tails are perfect. In the previous litter I think we left them too long which exacerbated the already horribly gay tails. Shudder......

I have seen them cut w/styptic powder, cut with a stitch and done with a laser. I'm not sure that there is a noticeable difference in the end of an adult tail.
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