CVMA Policies on Canines

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CVMA Policy on Devocalization of Dogs

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)

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