Ethics of Cosmetic and Convenience Surgeries in Companion Animals

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Citation

Langford, Ellen, “Ethics of Cosmetic and Convenience Surgeries in Companion Animals,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed August 12, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/482.

Title

Ethics of Cosmetic and Convenience Surgeries in Companion Animals

Creator

Langford, Ellen

Date

2020

Description

Objective: Organizations and governments are divided on the ethics of cosmetic and convenience surgeries performed on companion animals. This project is a literature review intended to gather scientific evidence on the topic of debate.

Methods: Peer-reviewed literature investigating the harmful effects of veterinary cosmetic procedures and testing claims made by advocates for the procedures was accessed through the Simmons University Library. Papers published before the year 2010 were excluded from search criteria.

Conclusion: Cosmetic and convenience surgeries are too often harmful to companion animals. Claims made by modification advocates such as the American Kennel Club regarding potential benefits for pets undergoing these procedures cannot be confirmed. However, there is strong evidence that the procedures can cause pain and complications. Consequently, they must be recommended against. Many veterinary clinics already refuse to perform procedures that have no proven benefits and the potential to cause harm. Legislature banning specific surgeries would likely reduce their occurrence in both clinical and home settings.

Video available upon request.

Subject

Veterinary surgery; Declawing; Tail docking; Ear cropping; Devocalization

Publisher

Simmons University (Boston, Mass.)

Rights

Material from the Simmons University Archives collections are made available for study purposes only. For more information, or to request rights to reproduce or reuse any material, contact the the Simmons University Archives at archives@simmons.edu.

Format

mp4 video

Language

English

Type

Undergraduate Symposium
Project Discipline: Veterinary Medicine