Tail docking of dogs can be a tricky subject to discuss with clients, so the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation has produced an online advice leaflet to guide vets through the possible scenarios in the consulting room.

Tail docking of dogs can be a tricky subject for vets to discuss with clients. In addition, animal welfare laws vary in the different UK jurisdictions − from a full ban on the docking of dogs’ tails in Scotland to a ban with exemptions elsewhere.  

The practical and legal approach to the docked puppyIn response to feedback from vets the British Veterinary Association’s Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) has produced an online advice leaflet to guide vets through the possible scenarios in the consulting room.

The practical and legal approach to the docked puppy leaflet answers questions like:

  • What’s the legal situation where you are?
  • What kind of paperwork is needed and what do you do if it doesn’t contain all the required information?
  • Who do you pass the details to if you think a dog has been illegally docked?
  • What if the dog meets the criteria for exemption and has been microchipped but has no certificate?

Introducing the leaflet, BVA AWF chair Tiffany Hemming said: “With such complex and varying laws on tail docking of dogs this leaflet provides clear guidance for vets on how to handle the first consultation with a docked puppy.

“The leaflet includes an easy to follow flow-chart and aims to help vets tackle the subject without alienating their clients.”

 

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