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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I'd love your input. I've owned white mini poodles

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I'd love your input. I've owned white mini poodles for 33 years. I am trying to find another since my girl of 18 had to be put down at the beginning of Jan. I found a sweet little girl who will be ready to go in 4 weeks. However her tail hasn't been docked...she was born in Canada and they don't do it there routinely. I spoke with another breeder of 50 years and she said it's possible tio dock after the recommended time...she did it with a 4 month old that came from France. She/he had no problems. Can you advise me? (I really would prefer a docked tail..) Thanks so much for your input
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I can amputate a portion of tail at any age. The only difference is instead of two snips and a suture with little or no anesthesia necessary at 2 days of age, a ring block with a local anesthetic, dissociative ("spacer-outer") or general anesthetic will be necessary to dock an older pup's tail. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Eileen,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin