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Nip-Tuck: Cropping & Docking

Dr. Lore I. Haug

Dr. Lore I. Haug .....................................

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and have been bred for centuries to have
a certain "look." But we don't stop there. Many newborn pups get their tails
docked--without pain medicine or anesthesia!--and/or ears cropped by twelve
weeks of age, simply to satisfy our taste for a given style. But do these
surgeries offer any benefit to the dog? What about negative consequences?
Some countries deem it unethical or even illegal to crop or dock ears or
tails. Dr. Lore I. Haug, a veterinary behaviorist practicing at South Texas
Veterinary Behavior Services (, discusses the pros

and cons of the procedure.

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