Can my 4 and a half month old puppy get its tail docked?

by Gino
(saint john nb)

I was wondering if my 4 and a half month old boxer can get his tail docked off still and how much it would cost?

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Nov 06, 2012
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For the sake of your puppy.. DON'T
by: Anonymous

If your vet is a good one , he will advise you that at 4 months of age it WILL be VERY PAINFUL for your puppy, at his early age is not advisable, and to put him through the procedure and anaesthetize him maybe because you think he'll look better...
If you do.. the aftercare will be ongoing as if his tail becomes infected you will have a VERY UNHAPPY PUPPY.. I guess nb means Nebraska.. My advice is NO, and your puppy will be happy.. A Happy Tail is a Wagging Tail..
Let him have the NATURAL LOOK, for the puppy's sake..The Anonymous person is TOTALLY correct in his post..

Nov 06, 2012
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Yes
by: Anonymous

Yes you can still get his tail docked. Keep in mind that you will be removing his tail which is encompassed by bone & tissue. There is blood flowing in his tail.
At his age it is considered an amputation procedure. It is no longer just a simple procedure. Your dog will be placed under the gas, so he can lay motionless while this procedure occurs. Once he comes home, you will be forced to continue to give him pain meds and pray that it does not get infected.
Higher risk of infection because of his age and of course he will lick at it.
Whatever you choose, do the right thing for your dog.

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
Just to say, if you live in the UK or Europe, the answer is no as tail docking is now banned except for working dogs.

Dec 10, 2011
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Docking your 4 month old Boxer's tail
by: Michele

Most definitely NOT as if you wanted a Boxer without a tail. then why did you buy him ??????? with a tail.. In the UK it is illegal.. but also at 4 months to dock his tail will be very traumatic for your puppy and painful after.. Remember a docked tail cannot wag...Don't get it done...he will be happier..

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