Nebraska lawmakers mandate veterinary care for breeding dogs
LINCOLN, NEB. — Pet breeders in Nebraska will soon be required to have a written veterinary care plan for every dog under their care.
Legislative Bill 427, signed into law March 7, will force breeders to maintain individual health records for each dog or litter kept in their facility, establish disease control and prevention programs for each animal, and have a veterinarian complete a wellness examination—including a dental examination—for each breeding dog every one to three years.
Veterinary care is mandated also for breeding dogs in the event of a serious or life-threatening injury or illness. While the new law updates housing and care standards for breeders, it also requires that euthanasia, surgical births and related procedures—with the exception of dew claw removal and tail docking—be performed by a licensed veterinarian.The new regulations go into effect on Oct. 1 of this year.