No Tail Left Behind is dedicated to educating people about the suffering that dogs endure when their tails are docked. These cosmetic procedures cause a great deal of pain and suffering for countless dogs – with just a click, you can raise awareness about painful and unnecessary tail docking and show your commitment to banning this practice.
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Why It Matters
Many view tail docking as a simple cosmetic procedure, designed to help dogs conform to a breed standard. However, tail docking involves the severing of tendons, spinal vertebrae, muscles, and nerves.
Although some dogs suffer no long-term damage, the pain from a docked tail can stick with some dogs for a lifetime. A docked tail can result in stabbing tail pain and stinging nerve pain at the docking site. Even the simplest action, like wagging the tail in greeting, can result in sharp pain. Corrective surgery may be necessary to improve the dog’s quality of life.
The video below provides one real-life example of the pain tail docking can cause. The campaign was inspired by this dog, Pixel Blue Eyes, who has suffered from docked tail pain for years and recently had surgery in hopes of providing some relief.:
Is achieving a certain look worth the risk of pain and suffering? Dogs experiencing docked tail pain cannot fully enjoy life – accordingly, many other countries have already banned tail docking. The No Tail Left Behind Campaign was started to educate people about this issue and to advocate for the end of cosmetic tail docking in the U.S. The motto of the campaign is “every dog deserves a tail.” As the campaign’s founder notes:
A dog’s tail is an integral part of their communication, emotion, balance, and even proper bowel control. We must think of the ultimate comfort, health and well being of the dog, not the right of humans to ‘alter a dog’ by removing part of their spine.
Please spread this important message to raise awareness about the dangerous side of cosmetic tail docking.