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Is there a crop/dock ban in the US?

I was told this weekend that there was a crop/dock ban passed in the US just recently. Is this true? I know other countries have these bans but wasn't aware that the US has joined them.

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Cropping and docking are legal in the US. Some states have considered banning the procedures and a few states have passed legislation requiring that vets perform the procedures under anesthesia, and defining the ages for cosmetic tail docking.
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Thank you for that Melbrod! I was hoping they were incorrect.

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I think that there are a few ordinances about cropping/docking/dew claw removal) in the US that are local (and it used to be in a few relatively small towns) but I'm not sure even those are still in place.

Canada's provinces are one by one slowly regulating no crop, dock and dewclaw removal.

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OMGoodness, hasn't it always been done under anesthesia?
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OMGoodness, hasn't it always been done under anesthesia?
Tails are normally docked by day 5 along with dew claws, and do not need to be done under anesthesia - puppies are born kind 1/2 baked after only 63 days. They are blind, deaf, and do not have a fully formed nervous system. Docking and dew claws done in the first few days is preferable. If it has to be done after the age of 5 days, then it needs to be done by a vet. With my 3 litters, I had a very talented Vet Tech come to my house and do the tails and dewclaws. Knowing where to dock tails is a bit of an art, and not having to take 3 day old puppies to the vets office is a blessing! It is common to fix any tail issues when ears are cropped - under anesthesia. The state I live in, Pennsylvania, requires a certificate from the cropping vet proving that the ears were done legally. All three of my litters were actually cropped in New Jersey - the cropping vet provided the certificate for each puppy.

I'd hate to see us lose the right to crop and dock - but there are way too many idiots out there doing butcher jobs to fuel the trend towards outlawing it.

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OMGoodness, hasn't it always been done under anesthesia?
Ears, yes. But see MaryJo's post above regarding dock and dewclaw removal--not normally anesthesized for those as done at a very young age--2 to 5 days.

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Well, what might be going on right now is that there are several states that have limited veterinarians to only performing critical surgeries during the corona virus pandemic in order to conserve critical PPE supplies for human hospitals. Cropping/docking may be prohibited, temporarily, in several states, and we don't know how long that may go on. I just communicated to someone who contacted our club here in MN looking for someone to get a puppy cropped here in MN that I don't believe vets here in MN can currently perform those surgeries. So that is going on.


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