Is docking painful, surely it is an unjustified mutilation?

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Is docking painful, surely it is an unjustified mutilation?

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The CDB claim that docking cannot be described as a mutilation. This emotive term is completely without foundation and is used by singularly ill-informed sources. Pain is not an issue, as agreed by Mr J. Walsby MRCVS, Past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. When docking is carried out proficiently on whelps aged 2-7 days, there is a minimal amount of momentary discomfort and the puppies can immediately resume sucking on the dam with no sign of distress to either dam or whelp. Prof. Dr. R. Fritsch explains why tail docking in very young pups is not painful.

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