Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital

10855 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048

(480)893-0533

www.ahwatukeeanimalcare.com

Tail Docking and Dew Claw Removal

tail docking and dew claw removal - Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital

Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital and tail docking and dew claw removalThese procedures are not done on all pets.  Tail docking is performed only on certain breeds and not all puppies are born with dew claws.

Tail docking and dew claw removal must be performed on puppies between the ages of 3 to 5 days old.  This procedure is not performed under anesthesia.   The incision is typically closed with glue or dissolvable sutures; therefore, follow-up is only required if there are complications. We treat the incision area(s) with a therapeutic laser in order to reduce inflammation and speed healing time.

tail docking and dew claw removal at Ahwatukee Animal Care HospitalIf your pet is older than 5 days, you will need to wait until he/she is old enough  (usually no earlier than four months of age) to be placed under anesthesia in order to have this procedure performed.  At that time, this procedure will be considered a surgery.

tail docking and dew claw removal at Ahwatukee Animal Care Hospital

Visit our following pages to learn more about surgery and/or laser therapy: 

Laser Therapy

Surgeries

Anesthesia Safety

What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Surgery:FAQ's