Veterinarians across Canada are calling for an outright ban on cosmetic surgery for pets.
Dogs are the focus of most physical alterations, which involve the removal of tails (tail-docking) and the reshaping of their ears (ear-cropping).
It’s up to a veterinarian in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec to decide whether they want to perform these operations on an animal, but many doctors refuse to carry out the wishes of their customers. The practice is banned in all other provinces.
Professional breeders and the competitions that their dogs take part in require these changes. Breeders claim that the changes are made early on in a dog’s life, and pain is minimal.
The declawing of cats is also becoming a popular procedure.
These two callers to The Oakley Show explained why it is important for a breeder and owner to be able to trim and alter their canine friends’ body parts.