The process of debarking a dog is often referred to as cordectomy, and the official term for this procedure in veterinary medicine is ventriculocordectomy. This usually requires cutting through tissue inside their throat and removing their vocal cords so that they will have a reduced level of volume on their barks permanently.
These types of procedures are both risky and inhumane, and that’s why they are banned in a lot of countries, the UK being just one of them. The cost of the procedure is going to depend on where they live (geographical location), as well as the veterinarian to perform it.
How much does dog debarking surgery cost?
Although veterinarians may have differing opinions on the necessity of this procedure, it is a popular option. Some vets will refuse to perform it as they view its use unethical and unnecessary but many others do not share that sentiment – typically charging between $75-$300 for surgical declawing with average prices varying depending on geographical location or vet’s office size. The Banfield Vet Clinic has recently banned the surgery across all 750+ locations due largely in part to pressure from animal rights activists. Vets that refuse to do this will usually recommend one of the many alternatives, like bark collars.
According to NoiseHelp.com, there are many factors that will affect the cost of your pet’s surgery from the technique used and geographical location, to who performs it The costs can vary anywhere between $50-$400 but on average most people spend around $200 for this type of surgery.
Dog debarking surgery details
A dog will still be able to bark – it simply won’t sound as loud. Under general anesthesia, the vet can use either a biopsy punch or type of scissor and create an incision through the dog’s mouth inside the throat and larynx in order to remove small amounts of tissue from their vocal cords.
There are two popular methods of reducing a dog’s barking. The first is the oral technique, which will be done through the dog’s mouth. The second procedure is laryngotomy and although it will be quick, it requires an incision on their neck. Regardless of what method you choose, remember that our ultimate goal is to reduce how loud they bark.
Are there any additional expenses?
Medication and follow-up appointments are often recommended after the procedure is done. Due to how complex this surgery can be, a dog may have to stay in the hospital for up to three days following this procedure. Follow-ups might not always appear on initial quotes and could cost extra later down the line if they’re needed.
The surgery is so complicated that scar tissue can form and block the dog’s throat. If this were to happen, a second surgery would be necessary. General anesthesia will usually not be included in the vet examination fee, so make sure you’re going over this cost as well.
Important things to consider
With the procedure, a dog can still communicate with its owner, but it won’t make as much noise. Some other strategies for training dogs are shock collars and debarking devices. While these may work sometimes to stop barking, this surgery is often less stressful on your pet because the discomfort passes as the dog heals and the results will be permanent.
With a lot of opinions on both sides about debarking, there are some benefits for dog owners. Dog’s can retain their way of barking and they won’t be the subject to disapproval or being reprimanded every time they bark outside; this will eventually lead to less stress for the animal. Lastly, having your dog debarked could allow them more freedom in exploring outdoors since they would not need restraint like before.
The National Animal Interest Alliance, or NAIA, has said that debarking dogs is not a cruel procedure. They believe it to be less complicated than spaying or neutering them. However, as with any surgery, there are risks such as blood loss, infections, issues with the anesthesia, or any other problems that are common during surgeries.
Is there a way to save some money?
If you’re a dog owner who’s tried everything to get your pooch to stop barking, but nothing seems to work then this procedure may be for you. It is the absolute last resort and many experts do not recommend it at all because there are so many other devices that can train your dog on when they should bark or how often (ranging anywhere from $20-$100). Keep in mind that too much training with one device could cause more stress than the actual surgery.
You can stop your dog from barking with obedience training. These classes teach tricks that will discourage them from any future barkings.