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.
In 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:
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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