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Adams County Animal Hospital

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery may be performed on your pet.


Cosmetic surgery may be performed on your pet if you wish. Tail docking and dewclaw removal are some of the most common veterinary cosmetic surgeries.

When should my pet have cosmetic surgery?

Tail Docking or “bobbing” is the removal of part or all of a dog’s tail. This is typically done when the dog is just a few days old while their tail is still soft. There are no proven preventative or medical reasons for tail docking, although some argue that it can help hunting dogs or breeds with a lot of energy avoid injury when they are active. It is strictly used for appearance preferences at the owner’s request.

Dewclaws are the toes on the inner edge of your pet’s paws.Often, dewclaws are removed while the pet is undergoing spaying or neutering.

How should I inquire about these services?

Schedule an appointment with our veterinarians to discuss the benefits, risks and timelines of any cosmetic procedure.