Tail docking

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Is tail docking humane?

American Humane Association does not have an official position on the issue of tail docking; however, American Humane Association does oppose cosmetic surgery on animals when performed solely for the convenience of the caregiver.

Tail docking typically is performed when a puppy is three to five days old. Anesthesia is not usually used, causing the puppy a great deal of pain. American Humane Association opposes this cosmetic procedure unless it is medically necessary, as determined by a licensed veterinarian.

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