Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Docking is the intentional removal of part of an animal's tail or, sometimes, ears. Illthrift in suckling lambs attributed to lung pyogranuloma formation. As with other domesticated animals there is a long history of docking the tails of dogs. Docking also makes it easier to view a grown ewe's udders to detect potential problems. FAWC report on the implications of castration and tail docking for the welfare of lambs. However, a study examining such issues found no significant effect of docking on SCC or mastitis frequency or on four measures of cow cleanliness. For example, in United Kingdom tail docking was originally undertaken largely by dog breeders.
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