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Docked Tails and Cropped Ears. For it or against it?!

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    View Poll Results: What do you think of docked tails and cropped ears being performed on dogs?
    Both are fine in my opinion. 5 31.25%
    Both should be banned! It is cruel, sick, and should be illegal! 7 43.75%
    Docked Tails are fine, but cropped ears should be banned! 2 12.50%
    Undecided. 2 12.50%
    Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

     
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        09-13-2008, 02:19 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Yeah... I respect your opinion. But a lot of people wait a lot longer before they crop and dock... which I think is just stupid, and an accident waiting to happen. :P

    I think it's great that people love dogs... no matter if their tails are docked or not. I prefer dogs with natural tails and ears.

    And no matter what... if someone comes up to my vet clinic one day, and tells me that they want me to dock their puppy's tail or crop their ears... I will say no... because I just don't do that. I don't see how it helps the dog, but have only seen how it hinders it. Plus... I love a dog that has a tail to wag. Not just a stump... :P
         
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        09-13-2008, 04:09 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FutureVetGirl
    But a lot of people wait a lot longer before they crop and dock... which I think is just stupid, and an accident waiting to happen. :P
    Yeah I agree, it is very stupid.
         
        09-22-2008, 09:28 AM
      #23
    Super Moderator
    ...so.... what about circumsitions or however you spell it? I mean... people circumsize boys.....for cleanliness..... cruel?
         
        09-22-2008, 02:38 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Docked tails and cropped ears were done for a reason. It served a purpose for the occupation of the dog.

    These days, it's pretty much just cosmetic. There are very few true working dogs anymore these days.

    In my opinion, if they are working dogs it's a good idea. If they are show dogs and that is their breed characteristic, then it should be done. But if they're strictly keeping the couch from floating away, I just don't see the point.
         
        09-22-2008, 03:32 PM
      #25
    Super Moderator
    My dog would look funny with cropped ears... I like them floppy ears......
         
        09-22-2008, 06:03 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farmpony84
    ...so.... what about circumsitions or however you spell it? I mean... people circumsize boys.....for cleanliness..... cruel?
    No, I don't think it's cruel at all. Both of my boys were done. It's certainly not a fun thing and I'm not happy that it was done. It's like having your kids shots done. You don't like it because it hurts them. But you know it's for their health. I think it could be done more humanely. But I had a BIL many years ago that wasn't circumsized and he wound up with a very serious infection. Because he'd not been 'snipped' it was very difficult to get rid of. It wound up coming back a few times and they finally decided for health reasons he had to be cicumsized at 23 years old. Apparently a married man that has to be cicumsized at 23 is in waaaayyyyyy more pain than a baby. Not going into detail, too many kids here I suspect. But believe me things change as a man that make having that area cut horribly painful.

    As for dogs, working dogs specifically, with the ear cropping. You have to realize many are hunting dogs. Having big ears hanging down gives the animals they are chasing something to grab ahold of and mutilate. That's much worse than having them clipped while they're still very tiny. Again, I think it's brutally painful and could be done in a much more humane way. I'll never forget my mother taking me to the vet to have our dobies tails docked at a day old. Even if the nerves haven't completely grown in, they still feel the pain. I'll never forget them howling in pain when they just cut it off with big scissors. No pain meds, nothing. I almost yacked and wound up in the waiting room in tears. I refused to go when the did the ears.
         
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