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April 17 at 7:00pm ·
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Izzy came to the Refuge in 2012 when she was about 10-years-old after her owner, who was also housing Shasta and Max, could no longer care for her. Being declawed has had significant impacts on the lives of all of these tigers, but Izzy and Max struggled more than Shasta due to the way theirs was performed. A typical declaw procedure involves removing the last bone and knuckle of each toe, meaning it’s more of an amputation and less of an every day “nail trim” as the name suggests. This in itself causes problems for any feline, especially big cats who put more weight on their feet. Whoever declawed Izzy left behind pieces of bone, which has caused her claws to attempt to grow back. Because her anatomy has been damaged, they can’t exit where they should, so they tend to protrude through the bottom of her paw pads or get trapped under her skin.
The wonderful Dr. Anne Brenneke with St Francis Vet came in on her day off and performed surgery to alleviate some of Izzy’s pain. You can scroll through the gallery for more details.