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Tail docking in dogs

Tail docking is a painful and unnecessary procedure in puppies but through a slightly bizarre loophole in Irish law breeders are still legally entitled to dock puppies tails up to one month of age. This is done without anaesthesia or pain relief and can result in painful complications. The Veterinary Council of Ireland has deemed tail docking to be unethical and so vets are not permitted to dock a dog’s tail unless it is for medical or therapeutic reasons.

The vets in Anicare support a full ban on tail docking to be included in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill.

For more information see this excellent article on www.lovemypet,ie

 

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