Devocalization of Dogs
Do you know the laws in your State regarding devocalization of dogs? If not, you might want to read this article. It seems like such an inhumane and unnecessary step, and can lead to other physical and emotional problems.
Stop the devocalization of dogs in your state
by Stephanie Modkins, February 1, 2010
Did you know that some breeders and canine owners devocalize their dogs in order to reduce the sound of their barks? Sound strange? Seem barbaric? Well, it is. For this reason, passing a bill in your state that sets parameters for this type of sugary is a must.
Overview of devocalization
During the process of devocalizing a dog, a veterinarian surgically alters a canine’s voice box. This procedure permanently reduces the volume and pitch of a dog’s bark making it sound more like a hoarse or whisper. The side effects of this kind of surgery are infections, laryngeal paralysis and airway stenosis. Devocalized dogs often struggle with eating and drinking. Also, they can’t defend themselves or alert an owner of trouble because they can’t be heard from far away. These side effects, of course, are life altering ones resulting in a lower quality of existence for a dog. (See video below.)
For video and rest of Stephanie’s article.