Tail Docking and Dewclaw Removal

Tail Docking
At Animal Health Center, we provide safe and effective tail docking services to help prevent tail damage and maintain hygiene, while supporting your dog's compliance with specific breed standards.

Tail docking surgery for dogs is ideally performed when your puppy is between 3-5 days of age, varying by breed and relative size of puppies at birth and is generally performed at the breeder's request. Our veterinary doctors work closely with breeders to determine appropriate length of tail, and ensure a safe and successful outcome for your pet. The surgical process is generally a low risk operation and short in duration.

Our veterinarians will closely monitor your puppy after their procedure to ensure their comfort and safety. Once your puppy is ready to return home, it will be important to closely manage home care to ensure a successful recovery. You will need to monitor the suture line daily, watching for redness, swelling, discharge or pain. This procedure usually coincides with dewclaw removal.

Dewclaw Removal

Our talented veterinary team provides careful and effective dewclaw removal services in order to prevent injury to your puppy. Your puppy's dewclaws are the toes or digits located on the inner aspect of his or her paw and are not used for walking. Removing your puppies dewclaws will prevent these weakly attached digits from getting tangled or caught in brush, fences, carpets, collars or long grass, which can lead to painful injuries with a high risk of infection.
Dewclaw removal for puppies is a fairly simple procedure that is generally performed at 3-5 days of age (usually coinciding with tail docking procedure). Most puppies recover successfully and without incident from this low risk surgery and do not have to undergo general anesthesia with no sutures required. Should you choose dewclaw removal for your puppy at an older age, we will typically remove them at the same time of their spay or neuter procedure, and will provide full anesthesia for their comfort and safety.


Animal Health Center of Rolla

1854 Highway 72 East

Rolla, MO 65401

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Phone: 573-364-7100 Fax: 573-341-8357 Email Us: ahc@fidmail.com

Phone/Business Hours: M-F: 8 AM - 5 PM Lobby Hours:

Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed