Is It Too Late to Cut My Boston Terrier Puppies Tails Off Myself They Are 2 Weeks Old?


Why are you cutting off Boston Terrier tails?

Their tails are stubs to begin with.

Yes it too late, you are supposed to cut tails at birth.

Please, in the name of all that is holy, take your dog to a vet and ask them about this; not yahoo answers.

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  • Fuzzy

    Best to talk to the vet now since they are that old. Could cause a lot of bleeding and possible death. Not to mention the pain they would have to endure.
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  • nora22000

    Take 'em to the vet . . .
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  • jon w

    no problem, go for it. Use a hedge clipper
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  • Beans

    why the hell would you want to cut the tail of a dog?
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  • Silver Infinity

    Why on earth would you do that to a two week-old puppy?! It's repulsive and incredibly cruel.
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  • FOB lover

    i wouldnt do it myself but…..my dogs tail was cut off when he was like a few days old
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  • bob

    why would u cut ur dogs tail off, wouldnt u feel bad if u did that?
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  • sirdouglas527

    I do believe they need to be cropped between 3 and 5 days old. Otherwise you may need a vet to do this for you. Call one and they can tell you for sure.
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  • annie

    Don't know where you are, but tail docking is illegal in Australia. Probably for good reason! Is it really neccessary?
    Even vets can't do it unless there is a very valid reason for it.
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  • cobra

    a vet can do this for you, is there a real need to do this cruel and inhumane thing or is so you can sell them for more money…….take it to a vet that does cosmetic butchery, that way you don't have to face the cruelty yourself….
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  • Goldengal

    Yes tail docking should have been done when they were 3 to 4 days old. Now it may be considered surgery. You should not attempt this yourself, bring them to your vet.
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    Former Golden breeder and owner for over 20 years

  • paintedrain2

    It may be too late. I believe it's recommended to get the tails docked before they are 5 days old, when the bone hasn't hardened yet.

    Only way to know, is to call your local vet and ask.

    I'll never understand tail docking. If the breed is born with a tail, it should be able to keep the tail.
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  • lellolello8

    well it might be to late you usually cut them of right away but i would confirm that with your vet!
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  • pep

    This is mutilation at this point. How would you like me to cut off some cartilage on you? If you MUST cut their tails off, take them to a vet. He will kindly give them pain killers and do it in a humane way….if you can call this humane at all. Be smart. It would hurt you…..don't do it to them alone without a professional.
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  • soonerfan0808

    It's called Docking the tail… There are many dogs with their tails docked. I would call Revival Animal Health and talk to one of their sales consultants. They are a wealth of information and by far the best pet supply company out there!
    http://www.revivalanimal.com
    Good luck!
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  • kattsmeow22315

    Yeap, you are to late. They need to lose there tails between 3 and 5 days. Now they really need an anesthetic so it now becomes a surgery only a vet could do.
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    Retired Vet Tech

  • Dork-on

    Why are you cutting off Boston Terrier tails?

    Their tails are stubs to begin with.

    Yes it too late, you are supposed to cut tails at birth.

    Please, in the name of all that is holy, take your dog to a vet and ask them about this; not yahoo answers.
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  • Jennifer G

    It is not "too late", but the longer you wait the more you increase the possibility of complications. It is best to get this done during the first few days of life, since they are far less likely to remember (also it would have been less expensive for you). While even adult dogs can have their tails docked, it will be easier for you puppies if you take care of this RIGHT AWAY! Call your vet and make an appointment ASAP.
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  • F***ed Up Beyond All Repair!

    WAY TOO LATE.
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  • country yorkie

    Any time after 3 days is to painful, even at 5 days the puppies cry a lot longer than if they had been done at 3 days.
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  • ainawgsd

    You should not be docking your own pups' tails at ANY age! This procedure is best left to a vet.

    At any rate, you've waited too long to dock their tails anyway either professionally or by yourself (which you should NEVER do anyway!). At 2-5 days old, which is when you should have had it done, it is not really a big deal. After 5 days, it is no longer a simple procedure but an amputation, which is a major surgery requiring anesthesia, pain meds, and most often post-op antibiotics. You should have done your research before you bred the litter.
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  • DP

    WAY TOO LATE.. Tails are done at 2 – 3 days of age.. If you do it now, it's amputation and VERY painful… Talk to your vet about doing the tails for you.

    I know a lady who imported a male from Europe ( Doberman ) and she got the vet to do his tail at 8 weeks of age, when his ears were cropped.. Vet didn't particularly want to do it, but didn't want it done wrong.. She said if she had to do it over again, she wouldn't get it done.. There was so much blood, swelling, trying to keep the tail clean and keep the dog from bumping it.. It's very hard on them to get their tails done so late… Don't do it yourself now…

    Edit: Yup vcanfield .. Never thought of the Dentist, but you truly hit that one dead on! I certainly would not want to see my dentist posting here! :)
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  • dogandcatluvr

    Tails are supposed to be "docked" at 3-5 DAYS of age… and then they should be done only by a licensed and experienced veterinarian. At 2 weeks of age, if you do it yourself you will likely kill the pups as there is a very large blood supply to the tail, and it is incredibly painful… picture cutting your finger off or having your neighbor do it for you at home. Do things properly for the health and well being of your puppies!

    However not all breeds allow docking of tails, and here is a quote from the Boston Terrier breed standard:

    The tail is set on low, short, fine and tapering, straight or screw and must not be carried above the horizontal. (Note: The preferred tail does not exceed in length more than one-quarter the distance from setting on to hock.) Disqualify: Docked tail.

    Notice… it states that to dock the tails is a disqualification.

    If your pups tails are so long they need to be docked, neither of the parent dogs should be bred again. Obviously very poor quality dogs!
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    BTCA website

  • crystallinectar

    You should never dock and animal's tail. It is cruel and pointless. They are living beings, not something created for your amusement.
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  • magy

    Why would you even consider doing it yourself? Call your vet set up an appointment, let a PRO do it if you want them docked.
    Reasons NOT to do it yourself:
    -MEGA chance of infection with an at-home job. We're not talking 'oops, time for some neosporin' infection, we're talking about toxic, systems wide infections that can kill a pup in hours.Two week old pups can't even remotely fight off something like that.
    -You'll do it wrong. Seriously, ever docked a tail before? I doubt it! There is a method behind it, you don't just pick the spot that looks good and cut. You have to cut between the vertebrae in the tail, and no doubt you're not qualified and could screw the dog up, both in looks and in health, forever.
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  • twinbabies

    Boston terriers do NOT need their tales docked. They are BORN with short tails.
    Please be a responsible breeder. A purebread boston terrier is born with a short tail usually in a screw shape.
    http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/
    The tail is set on low, short, fine and tapering, straight or screw and must not be carried above the horizontal. (Note: The preferred tail does not exceed in length more than one-quarter the distance from set-on to hock.) Disqualify: Docked tail.
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    http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/

  • mups mom

    yes
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  • dogperson

    Hmmm, either this is a trick question or you really don't know what you are doing!
    You don't dock a Boston Terrier's tail. A docked tail is a disqualification according to the AKC breed standard.
    If your puppies have long tails, I suspect they are mixed breed pups. But, no matter what, you don't dock them yourself at 2 wks. Most states have laws against animal cruelty and this would fall into that category.
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    http://www.godseysbostons.com/bostons.htm
    http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/index.cfm

  • vcanfield

    Just by asking the question makes it pretty clear you are not qualified to dock (cut) puppies' tails. I won't even feed my dogs new dog food without researching it, let alone attempting to breed them. Please don't put those poor puppies through unnecessary pain- take them to a vet who knows what he/she is doing. Just imagine if your dentist posted a question asking about a procedure YOU were suppose to undergo. It would not inspire much confidence and I'm sure you would have no problem telling that dentist to get lost.
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  • celtic_storm1211

    i have raised boston terriers for going on 20 years now, and you NEVER cut their tails. what their tail length is when they are born is what they have. some of my bostons had nubs, some no tail at all. never ever did one have a full length tail. and their ears come up naturally. is this your first boston??? DO NOT cut that puppies tail.
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  • ?fab?pinay?101?

    nope
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  • Orthshannon

    I just got a boston terrier puppy and he has had his tail tip cut off he is only 6 weeks old,will his face wrinkle up like my female? my female has the cork screw tail