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Old 08-05-2009, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Tail docking ... my first experience.

It all start when my vet increased the price for tail docking from $10, to $20, to $50 per dogs in 2 years! And now my new vet don't do it at all

So today was the day, the puppies are 4 days old. After watching Nathalie's tail docking video many,many times, I when for it.

Whelping/Tail Dock Video

I used the medical clamps to squeeze the tail, twist,twist,twist, a drop of Clotisol and that was it. No blood and a little crying but not the yell I was expecting. The puppies are all doing fine.

I was terrified, but I got over my fear and did it.

Learning how to breed and take care of a litter really is a lifelong journey.

I feel like today... I took and other step forward...

Just want to share that special moment with you all.

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I have been encouraged to try docking myself, but have not yet taken that plunge. My vet also discourages docking and I think the day will come where he refuses to do it as your does. I have considered just not having their tails docked at all as a result. How scary was it?
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Good for you. I have been watching tail docking on YouTube (the same video to be exact)to be prepared cause the vets around here wont do it. I'll have my aunt (she's a vet) on the phone while the whelping is happening as well as when I'm doing the docking. I think once the fear of actually doing it wears off I will be fine doing it with all my litters. Congrats on having the guts to do it!
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:51 AM   #4
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I am glad the docking when well. The first time is the hardest. Did you remove the dew claws too?
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I have been encouraged to try docking myself, but have not yet taken that plunge. My vet also discourages docking and I think the day will come where he refuses to do it as your does. I have considered just not having their tails docked at all as a result. How scary was it?
The official policy of the American Veterinary Medical Association (available on their website) and revised November 2008 is that the "AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards."
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Oh my goodness. Good job on your first tail docking! I just watched the video and I don't think I could bring myself to do it. I'm so squeamish!
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It all start when my vet increased the price for tail docking from $10, to $20, to $50 per dogs in 2 years! And now my new vet don't do it at all

So today was the day, the puppies are 4 days old. After watching Nathalie's tail docking video many,many times, I when for it.

Whelping/Tail Dock Video

I used the medical clamps to squeeze the tail, twist,twist,twist, a drop of Clotisol and that was it. No blood and a little crying but not the yell I was expecting. The puppies are all doing fine.

I was terrified, but I got over my fear and did it.

Learning how to breed and take care of a litter really is a lifelong journey.

I feel like today... I took and other step forward...

Just want to share that special moment with you all.

this is the way I do it too. i kind of get a little nervous each time but in seconds, it's over. now if there were only an easy way to do dew claws we would be set. i hold and hubby cuts on the claws. Congratulations.

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I give you lots of credit! I can deal with blood, guts, puke and poop, but I definitely know I could not do what you did . . .there is just no way! I watched the video you posted and I also watched a whelping video on You Tube where the breeders did the dew claws as well . . .and NOPE, not for me . . .
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OH WOW you are brave! Good for you. I think I would want to do it myself if I was going to breed all the time I would want to learn.
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I am glad the docking when well. The first time is the hardest. Did you remove the dew claws too?
No... I look at it for one second but I just don't feel like I knew what to do enghof to do it. I REALLY don't want to cut it wrong!

I never ask my vet dew claws my litters.I leave it on. But I think if I knew how to do it myself I would of do it too this morning.
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Congradulations!!! If you've done the tails, I'm positive that you can do the dew claws. Just snip, clotisol and done... That's it!!!
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No... I look at it for one second but I just don't feel like I knew what to do enghof to do it. I REALLY don't want to cut it wrong!

I never ask my vet dew claws my litters.I leave it on. But I think if I knew how to do it myself I would of do it too this morning.
Removing the dew claws is really easy. I just use a small pair of cuticle scissors and just cut at the base of the dew claw and remove the 'seed'. Nail clippers do not usually get the whole dew claw but the cuticle scissors can. After removing the dew claw I just put on a drop of Clotisol. There is usually no bleeding.
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congrats - good job. My vet assistant taught me tails and dew claws. I've been doing mine for over a year now and it's a breeze. I still get nervous though.
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Removing the dew claws is really easy. I just use a small pair of cuticle scissors and just cut at the base of the dew claw and remove the 'seed'. Nail clippers do not usually get the whole dew claw but the cuticle scissors can. After removing the dew claw I just put on a drop of Clotisol. There is usually no bleeding.
people talking about 'the seed " confuses me. I don't really know what to look for. My hubby just takes the scissors and cuts the whole dew claw off and it scares me to death every time he does it. i am afraid he is going too high on the leg.
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people talking about 'the seed " confuses me. I don't really know what to look for. My hubby just takes the scissors and cuts the whole dew claw off and it scares me to death every time he does it. i am afraid he is going too high on the leg.
When you feel of the dew claw it sort of feels like a little bb. If you just cut the top part off where the nail is, the nail will grow back. You have to get to the root of the dew claw to remove all of it and when you do you will see it looks like a little round seed. If you cut at the base of the dew claw and pull it comes right out in one quick motion.
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