Features December 2005 Issue

Canine Cosmetic Procedures - Docking and Cropping Can Be Dangerous

Some canine physical therapists say that dogs suffer from amputations.

Cosmetic surgery for dogs, including docking tails and cropping ears, is increasingly controversial. Even the usually conservative American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has stated that the procedures are “not medically indicated nor of benefit to the patient. These procedures cause pain and distress, and, as with all surgical procedures, are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection.”

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