30 October 2008

A note from Mary Lou
I thought you might deem this article a good piece to put on the blog for all to see. I found it MOST interesting. I realize that the tail docking does not affect our breed. But, the dewclaws do and all governmental legislation concerning the dogs does affect us in some way. I just thought this was a VERY informative article and might be some food for thought for all.

Mary Lou, Billy Bob & The Gang

http://www.cdb.org/vets/fritsch.htm

Thank you Mary Lou for the link

5 comments:

Tina W said...

I have heard puppies screaming really badly when having their tails docked and also puppies that never hardly made a squeak,it might be that depending on the method ,one is more painful than another-I don't know what to think about them not feeling pain properly-why do some newborn pups cry constantly?

Polly said...

Don't know about dewclaws being "useless" my own dogs use theirs when chewing a bone.

As for the pups not feeling pain in the early days, the same used to be said about premature babies and full term babies, but these days they are given pain relief if painful procedures are necessary.

Is there really no more research on this since 1951?

Michele said...

Tail docking is now illegal in Australia. We are seeing all sorts of strange tails in the ring. As yet there is nothing in the standards regarding tails, guess that will come.

The removal of dewclaws is still allowed, however many vets refuse to do them.

ADA said...

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/mar05/stress0305.htm
This link is worth a read as it includes this para.:-
'Eicher and Cheng have found both behavioral and physiological signs indicating that animals may suffer chronic pain from tail docking. Not only do calves pay attention to the stump, they also show physiological and neurological signs usually associated with "phantom limb" pain in people. The data showed that young calves actually respond to the pain more than adult cows do, a finding that doesn't support the normal practice of conducting painful procedures on young animals rather than older ones. Researchers observed an increase in blood temperature in the area around the tail and formation of neuromas—bundles of nerves occurring at their damaged ends—which can transmit pain spontaneously. The fact that Eicher's behavioral observations match up with Cheng's discovery of neuromas makes a stronger case for the likelihood of chronic pain. '
This goes along with much other more recent research than that referred to by Fritsch et al which is now considered long out-dated and with possible commercial interests.
Also this link is worth noting:-
http://anti-dockingalliance.co.uk/page_14.htm
"Pain"

Mary Lou said...

I am glad to see the response on this subject. I find it all very interesting and informative. I do feel that we will never know for sure, what a puppy's true response to pain really is. I have very mixed feelings about it. I no longer even remove dewclaws. I am truly convinced that it does make a difference in their movement. So, I just opt to be careful when grooming, to watch out for the dewclaws. Again, I think this all just has to boil down to each of us doing what we are comfortable with for our individual dogs.
I have saved both articles, as I found them both very interesting.