The decision to devocalize a dog should be made by the owner in consultation with their veterinarian. The veterinarian has an obligation to educate clients on alternatives to the procedure as well as potential surgical complications.
The devocalization of dogs may become necessary for legal or behavioral reasons and should be performed as an alternative to abandonment or euthanasia.
The procedure shall be performed in a manner that minimizes the risk of complications. Pain management is necessary for this procedure.