The CVMA supports dangerous animal legislation by state, county, or municipal governments provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds or classes of animals. This legislation should be directed at fostering safety and protection of the general public from animals classified as dangerous.
Canine devocalization should only be performed by licensed veterinarians as a final alternative to euthanasia or abandonment after behavioral modification or consideration of an alternative environment have failed. Informed consent of the above, as well as discussion of potential complications from the procedure, should be obtained. Post-operative pain management is necessary.
(July 2010; Rev September 2019)
The CVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The CVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.
The CVMA is opposed to removal or reduction of healthy teeth of dogs as a method of reducing bite-related injuries. This approach to managing aggression does not address the cause of the behavior. The welfare of the patient may be adversely affected because the animal is subjected to dental procedures that are painful, invasive, and do not address the problem. Removal or reduction of teeth for nonmedical reasons may also create oral pathologic conditions.
In addition, dogs may still cause severe injury with any remaining teeth, and removal or reduction of teeth may provide owners with a false sense of security. Injury prevention and the welfare of the dog are best addressed through behavioral assessment and modification by a qualified behaviorist.