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Old 11-14-2012, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We just got an 8 week old pup.
His tail is not docked but I'm leaning towards getting it done, however I am told it's "too late," to do this now until he's a few months old.

Can anyone provide more feedback on this and also, can anyone recommend a great vet that will do this in the Pasadena (CA), San gabriel valley area?

Not all vets will do this.

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if I would get it done now. It can be painful because there are more nerves. I would see if she hurts her tail, if not I dont know if I'd dock it.
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By now it is considered an amputation. I personally wouldnt bother removing it unless it becomes injured. There are many boxers with tails that have no issues at all
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Lucy has her tail and we love her. I dont know why her tail wasnt docked, and we were happy just to have her. I would leave his tail as is. They still butt wiggle just as fast.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My Sally has a full tail, it is great to watch how she uses her tail to help with pounching and jumping momentum. And when she gets stuck upsidedown in the beanbag, that tail works very hard to get her out!
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hi,

We just got an 8 week old pup.
His tail is not docked but I'm leaning towards getting it done, however I am told it's "too late," to do this now until he's a few months old.

Can anyone provide more feedback on this and also, can anyone recommend a great vet that will do this in the Pasadena (CA), San gabriel valley area?

Not all vets will do this.

thanks,
Dexter
Since it is now too late to get it done, you won't find a great vet who will do it. You might be able to find a crappy money hungry vet who'll do it if you really want. Not sure why you want to get it done though, hopefully you just let him keep his tail.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I wouldn't dock it now. That would be to much on your poor pup. If either of mine came with a full tail that would of been fine. I'm sure the butt is just as wiggly with a full tail.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think it would be a very painful, very unnecessary procedure for your pup at this age. Lots of Boxers have their tails and live just fine, normal lives with a tail. If your pup somehow injures it, then maybe. But that's unlikely. Just leave the poor girls tail
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It is considered an amputation after the first week of life. If your vet does it stear away very far away from him/her.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Agreed with what everyone else has already said.

I would just leave it and if you find a vet who is willing to actually do that... I highly suggest going elsewhere.
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