How Much Does Tail Docking Cost?
Tail docking, also known as tail cropping, is the process where a portion of a dog’s tail and/or ears are removed. During the process, the dog’s blood supply is cut off at the tail using a rubber ligature. After a few days of the rubber ligature being on the dog’s tail, it will fall off on its own. Tail docking is generally done for cosmetic purposes. While some states are trying to ban this procedure, it is still unrestricted throughout the whole United States. The cost of tail docking is going to vary depending on the dog, the vet performing the procedure and geographical location.
How much is it?
- It is highly recommended that you dock a puppy’s tail before it turns 10 weeks old. A vet will recommend this since it is the best time to perform the procedure due to the tail size. On average, tail docking is going to cost anywhere from $30 to $250.
- Most reputable breeders will dock a tail before it is sold. Check with the breeder to see if the tail has already been docked.
- According to this Rottweiler.net forum thread, there are dog owners that have claimed that they had paid around $30 fr a setup fee and $6 for each additional dog afterwards. This was for younger puppies so that older dog prices can differentiate.
What are the extra costs?
- General anesthesia can range from $200 to $400 if this type of procedure is necessary. Younger puppies do not usually have to go through this procedure.
- Prescriptions and creams will be necessary after the procedure is finished. These can be purchased at the vet office itself or at a local pharmacy. They can also be purchased online, but you may have to pay a shipping fee.
What is going to be included?
- A tail docking procedure is going to include all necessary fees such as the minimum vet office fee, as well as the materials necessary to dock the dog’s tail.
- A vet can choose from two different ways in order to dock a dog’s tail. The first one requires a rubber ligature that is wrapped around the tail. After 3 to 4 days, the tail will fall off on its own. The other procedure will require surgical scissors and a scalpel. Under anesthesia, the dog’s tail will be amputated using the scissors.
How can I save money?
- There are no health benefits when docking a dog’s tail. Unless the tail is causing an older dog some pain, tail docking should be heavily researched before it is considered. For most dog owners, many dock the tail for anesthetic purposes only.
- Check with a breeder to see if the tail docking has been done before. Adopting a pet can help save on this procedure alone, since a breeder can get a bulk discount.
- For a litter of newborn puppies, most vets will be more than happy to provide a discount for all the puppies in the litter. If you’re unsure if any discounts are available, consider talking with the vet ahead of time to get more information.