Acta Vet. Brno 2012, 81: 83-88

A comparison of laws preventing unnecessary canine cosmetic surgery in Italy and in the Czech Republic

Valeria Quartarone1, Eva Voslářová2, Maria Russo1, Petra Doleželová2, Annamaria Passantino1

1Department of Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Messina, Polo Universitario Annunziata, Messina, Italy
2Department of Veterinary Public Health and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic


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