VIZSLA HEALTH ISSUES
Tail docking is the removal of the tip of a full tail to prevent damage in the field
Tail docking does not ruin balance or prevent you do communicating, these are old wives tails put in place by the anti docking groups.
As from April 6th 2007 it is no longer legal to have a puppies tail docked but....
There is an exemption for puppies destined for working homes but legislation and the confusion surrounding it has made it nearly impossible to find a vet willing to dock a litter.
We are lucky our vet is willing to dock puppies destined for working homes so if you are looking for a working puppy it may be possible to have your puppy legally docked.
To meet the criteria for owning a docked puppy you must have an intention to participate in gundog work with your dog.
The law accepts that not every puppy destined for a working home will mature as suitable for that use or that owners may not proceed into this field.
But at the time of purchase this must be your intention.
Legally docked puppies are accompanied by a docking certificate which identifies the individual dog by microchip number and details when and who the tail was docked by.
Dew claw removal
Dewclaws are the first digit on a dogs foot, and, unlike digits 2,3,4 and 5, are not used for walking. They are located a short distance up the leg on the inside surface.
They are usually removed at 2 to 5 days of age. At this age, the bones that make up the toes are tiny and soft so that snipping removes them with ease.
Removing dewclaws from an adult animal is much more difficult than snipping them off of a days old puppy. Recovery time is also much longer and many adult animals will lick and chew the incision excessively because it is so easy to reach.
This usually necessitates the placement of an Elizabethan collar, a funnel shaped plastic device that surrounds the animal's head, so that it cannot lick or chew its sutures out.
Dewclaws serve no purpose to the dog. They are easily snagged on things and often traumatized.