Tail docking is not just a 'cute way' for some dog breeds to look. It is not an answer to prevent 'potential injury' in a dog's tail, and it is not a 'health requirement' for certain breeds either. It is a useless, senseless practice that involves the removal of part of a dog's spine. It severs vertebrae, muscles, tendons, and nerves...ALL of which are vital to body function and communication for a dog. We basically have millions of dogs in the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world that are needless amputee victims...countless dogs that are suffering in silence for no good reason. A human who has had a part amputated often has phantom pain in the missing limb area, and it is a terrible thing indeed. Well, the same thing happens to dogs with docked tails, but often we have a hard time letting our loved ones know we are suffering.
|My tail before surgery as well as the vertebrae they removed during surgery.|
|Soon after my tail surgery. My tails is not nearly as long as the bandage.|
|Having to wear my neck collar because my tail hurts and I want to go after it.|
A dog's tail is so incredibly useful and is an integral part of our communication, balance and proper usage of sphincter muscles and emptying of anal glands. (This is sort of personal here, but I have issues with my back end because my tail is gone and I can't empty my own anal glands like dogs with tails can do) But the best thing about tails is how much they communicate with other dogs and with people. There are SO many beautiful tails out there in the world, and I love looking at a wagging tail more than anything. I often wonder what my own tail would have looked like. I bet it would be pretty. Mommy thinks I'm pretty no matter what!
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I would love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts on this controversial issue. Please be kind, no matter what your views are. I always welcome conversation, but I believe in being gentle and polite. So let me know in a comment here on my blog, on my Facebook page, or on Twitter. Thank you! And don't ever forget that Every Dog Deserves a Tail!