Debarking is accomplished by way of major invasive surgery at the risk of infection, blood loss, and other complications. After these surgeries, the animals are highly at risk of infection, especially since the larynx and trachea cannot be completely sterilized during surgery. There’s also the risk of “webbing,” which can lead to respiratory problems and cause tracheitis. The goal of this painful procedure is to muffle or eliminate dog barking.

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In most cases, devocalization is unnecessary and the problem can often be solved with training. Veterinarian Rob Ashburner, who owns the West King Edward Animal Clinic, said barking allows dogs to express themselves and helps them communicate with people and other dogs. “Barking is a natural behavior for dogs to express dog emotions … being able to vocalize is a good thing for dogs,” he added.

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