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One Greyhound And His Short-Tail Tale

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
9 years ago
You’ve probably heard of a rather controversial practice performed on many dog breeds in the US called “tail docking.”  It involves a shortening of the tail performed either surgically or via circulation-cutoff with a rubber band, and is generally done for cosmetic purposes.  In fact the practice is so controversial that despite being unrestricted in the US, it is banned or restricted in more modern western nations than not!

Now there are around 17 dog breeds with naturally occurring short tails that appear docked, including the Welsh Corgi and the Rottweiler… But NOT the greyhound! But don’t tell Takoda — you wouldn’t want to make him feel any worse after the poor 7-year-old greyhound got his tail slammed in a door so badly he had to have it amputated!

His owners tried to bandage him up, but it was to no avail.  By the time Takoda saw the vet, the tip of his tail had turned cold and begun to deteriorate.  The vet made the right call and removed the dying portion of the tail, and Takoda was well on the mend as a member of what is surely a pretty exclusive club of short-tailed greyhounds! Luckily for his owners, they were also members… of PetFirst, that is.  And just in the nick of time, too.  Takoda had only been covered for about a month prior to his accident.  It just goes to show that accidents do happen, and being prepared for them with a pet insurance policy can sometimes make all the difference for the life and health of your pet.

Total bill for Takoda’s amputation and care: $483.00 PetFirst Coverage Level: 90% Less $50 Deductible… PetFirst Paid: $390.26

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