Psychological Impact of Having Dog's Tail Amputated for Medical Reasons
by Bonnie F
My friend has a 9 year old Coton who is the light of her life. He is active, energetic, and adorable in every way. He is also generally very healthy. However, he does have 2 recurring large cysts on his tail that have to be drained frequently. My friend's vet has recommended that she have her Coton's tail amputated. (The cysts aren't cancerous or life threatening, but are probably uncomfortable and they do keep coming back, requiring multiple visits to and procedures from the vet.)
My friend's question is: Is a Coton who loses his tail due to amputation likely to suffer psychologically? For my friend's Coton, his tail is such an important part of his personality - it is a long white "plume" that he tends to carry high and proud most of the time. Does anyone have any insights that might help my friend make this very difficult decision in a way that will be best for her beloved Coton? Thank you.
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