Is Cosmetic Surgery allowed in NS

September 7, 2020

No.  Cosmetic surgery for the purpose of having the animal’s appearance confirm to a breed standard or tradition, which alters the appearance of an animal for purely cosmetic purposes is prohibited. 

Surgeries due to injury or for reasons of animal health are not considered to be cosmetic surgery.

Examples of cosmetic procedures include:

  • tail docking in the equine species
  • tail docking in the bovine species
  • tail docking in the canine species
  • tail docks in newborn puppies
  • dewclaw removal in newborn puppies
  • tail alteration (nicking / setting) in the equine species
  • ear cropping
  • onychectomy (de-claw) in species other than the domestic cat

The Legislative amendment came into effect on April 1, 2010.

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