Millstone Animal Hospital

39 Carrs Tavern Road
Clarksburg, NJ 08510



AVMA Policy Statement


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The American Veterinary Medical Association's Policy Statement
   regarding ear cropping and tail docking (current as of June 2005)

Ear cropping and tail docking in dogs for cosmetic reasons 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. Therefore, veterinarians should counsel dog owners about these matters before agreeing to perform these surgeries.

Ear Cropping and Tail Docking
(Oversight: AWC; HOD 07/1999, EB revised 11/2008)

The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes.

The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.