FACT: This procedure is now banned in many countries as a cruel and unnecessary act predominately done for cosmetic reasons. people will argue back and forth over this issue and what any puppy owner must understand before deciding to crop a tail, is that this procedure should ONLY be done under the care of, and by a licensed Veterinarian, the puppy will be under anesthesia, and will most likely experience post surgical pain and sometimes obvious scaring.
OPINION: Sorry fanciers, but I am not a fan of this one NOT AT ALL! i think if you want to change your own appearance to something different from what you were born with, Hey! by all means go ahead, but to alter a dog to suit some snobs idea of what the “Standard” should be, it’s just ridiculous.
FACT: Ear docking is usually done anywhere from 4-6 months of age, and again is purely a cosmetic thing, the puppy will be under full anesthetic, and will most definitely experience post surgical pain, there is a risk of infection, and in some cases one ear will still droop or (drop). a costly venture to see fail.
OPINION: Again I will just say in my opinion, DON”T! your dog was born the way they were for a reason don’t let fashion, or cult ideals guide your decisions mother nature makes all living things to perfection, dont mess with that! Remember it is a surgery and there are always risks, you have to decide if it’s worth it, to me the answer is a simple NO.
Dew Claw removal;
FACT: Dew claws are most often done by a breeder when the dog is a puppy, some feel the dew claw is at that time more like a fingernail, (less developed) and not yet an appendage. Often they will recover more quickly than if it is done at the time of spay and neuter. An older dog seems very concerned about bandages on their feet for the weeks following. (Ya Think!)
OPINION: I will say this much I have owned dogs with and without dew claws, the ones that had them did injure them on occasion, I was lucky they didn’t need to be removed due to that, but that can happen, and the ones without, one in particular never was able to stand properly on her hind feet, and was very unbalanced. This is rare after a surgery such as this, but that was my experience with her. The others I found to be fine. On this point I would have to say I am never torn, I have never looked at it in the same light as cat declawing, that I find barbaric, removing all of an animals claws just so your couch doesn’t get messed up? Hey! don’t get a pet if your leather or suede couch means more than your pets well-being and safety! I digress, I have had experience with dislocations and breaks, and a dew claw is no different, it would not be something I would actively ask a vet to remove. However that’s an individual call.
While researching this post I did come across some images which frankly I will not show, there is no point, the procedures themselves are self explanatory and I’m not going to entertain the horror show seekers with that stuff.
In any case you can decide for yourself what to do but for anyone looking into it, or just seeking the info, I hope it gave you some insight.