I have compiled some reading materials for those that want to dig deeper:
Links to read:
This one is not written by vets, but I found it interesting and humorous: topdeblogs.com/discover/strange-origins-tail-docking/
By AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Assoc) topdeblogs.com/resources-tools/avma-policies/ear-cropping-and-tail-docking-dogs
Michigan State University Animal Center Law (this one talks about laws and docking): topdeblogs.com/article/cropping-and-docking-discussion-controversy-and-role-law-preventing-unnecessary-cosmetic
This article is mainly about dew claws. But I found it relevant in that it talks about pain, and how dogs by their nature, do not tell us about pain: topdeblogs.com/resources/medical-articles/do-the-dew-claws/?fbclid=IwAR3M0ZWXoO5e2y8FQWVo3dxj86RYZOlU7PF3cbpDB-_70k_EQC88BmxF_GM#
One of the most comprehensive studies on docking that I’ve found thus far: topdeblogs.com/dmsdocument/19013/direct?fbclid=IwAR1W0FadQFLn-h8TSxOHtPaiH2Sjpj5TwWp4rEpSfNzW9lLsduThgzk_1KI
A very detailed review of studies done on neonatal rats, lambs, and puppies. It dives deep into actual studies on if neonatal animals do in fact feel pain, and the long term effects of tail docking. Surprisingly, the studies find that puppies under 7 days of age do not in fact feel pain like a mature animal. BUT the long term negative effects of docking are significant in the studies. It is documented in this article/studies that docking DOES cause long term heightened generalized sensitivity to pain, and in the tail stump, neuroma induced chronic pain and greater sensitivity to touch that elicits pain. It also dives into evidence that tails are in fact “necessary appendages” and suggests that laws need to be stated that way. topdeblogs.com/pmc/articles/PMC6028921/?fbclid=IwAR02HIRQqej2PqSkNjp7pUXbGSRatGXkkjqiFm-03raolQEB7FWyDEUGG6c
I emplore everyone to research. Read. Ask questions. Ask yourself what is most important to you. For me, it is happy, healthy dogs. We are proud to make this decision. Do better, Be better. Here’s to the future!! Cheers to the new year!!
Here’s some links to puppies we have raised with tails:
Pics below of aussies with tails. They are not our dogs, but shared with permission. I’m very much looking forward to pups we retain for our program to have their beautiful tails. I look forward to being able to share pics of mini and toy aussies with tails as they all grow and mature!
I would like to thank all the folks that graciously shared their photos of their aussies with tails!! I’m a part of a facebook groups Aussies with Tails- Breeders- Australian Shepherd & Mini American Shepherd and ISO Australian Shepherds with Tails (check em out!)
I’d also like to make a shout out to the families that first asked for tails to be left intact, thank you for paving the waY!
Also I have to thank my kiddos. For inspiring me to do better, to ask questions, and to be brave.