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Canine and feline tail amputation


This column outlines the indications, anesthetic and analgesic planning, surgical techniques, postoperative considerations and surgical risks for canine and feline caudectomy.

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Figure 1: An aseptically prepared canine tail with sterile conforming bandage material covering the distal aspect of the tail.
Figure 2: The distal aspect of a dog's tail has been amputated.


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Schoen, K., Sweet, D. Canine and feline tail amputation. Lab Anim 38, 232–233 (2009).

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