A “Licensed Professional Veterinarian” Declawed Mishka on ALL 4 Paws AND Removed All His Teeth

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The NY veterinary associations successfully stopped our Cat Protection Bill in NY on Saturday. This bill would have protected cats from being declawing by these “licensed professional veterinarians.”

The big pro-declaw Veterinary Associations like the NYSVMS, AVMA, and all the other state vet associations told the NY legislators that the decision about declawing should be in the hands of the veterinary profession and not the government or social media.

These unethical NY veterinary leaders say, “we are not willing to let government decide what’s best for our patients”, “allowing legislation to ban us from doing a medical procedure is a dangerous precedent”, and that declawing has “allowed countless families to keep their feline companions.”

Well my friends. The hard, cold facts are that most of the pro-declaw veterinarians can’t be trusted that they are counseling clients about the humane alternatives, doing it as a very last resort,  giving their clients accurate declawing information, and following the guidelines that these veterinary authorities have put out.

In fact, most of them have failed over and over and over and over, year after year and it’s time for the “government AND social media” to step in! 

They declaw as a first option and don’t want to lose cat clients, don’t want to take the time to educate cat owners that declawing is really bad for their kitty cats, and gosh darn it, they enjoy the extra income it brings so they can use it for European vacations, fancy cars, and all the other fun things that life has to offer. NYSVMS Declawing Propaganda

But what about the cats folks?

We can’t even trust many of these veterinary leaders to practice what they preach. NYSVMS President & Officers & DeclawingBORDER

 I’d like for you to meet Mishka, a 4 yr old Siamese kitty.Mishka

According this the nice folks at the Williamson County Animal Shelter Shelter’s Facebook page , when Mishka was 2 yrs old, his owner had him  , “declawed on all four paws and had all of Mishka’s teeth were removed because he was chewing on baseboards and things.”

Mishka, now 4 yrs old,  was relinquished to this shelter, because his owner has poor health and can’t take care of him anymore.

Yep, a trained, licensed veterinarian, who had years of education in the veterinary medical field, made the decision to perform these “medical procedures” on this poor kitty.

I’m happy to say that Mishka was just adopted from this shelter and if I can get photos and an update on him I will post them. Here is this Texas shelter’s website http://wilcopets.org/


Mishka may be in a different state than NY but there are many stories like his in New York.

The President of the NYSVMS said to her vet members when they were trying to lobby the NY legislators with their declawing propaganda, “This is your opportunity to preserve your right, as a licensed professional veterinarian, to ensure you can make medical treatment decisions that are in the best interest of your patients” and that the bill to ban declawing is, “detrimental to animals and their owners.”

Is she out of her mind to think that WE are stupid and believe her misguided words. Sadly, enough of the legislators believed them,  since our bill was stopped.

What kind of “leader” fights so hard in a profession that is ALL about healing animals to keep an unnecessary and inhumane procedure on their list of veterinary “services”?   What kind of unethical mindset is this to call an elective, non-therapeutic mutilating procedure a “medical procedure” and act like how dare anyone take it away from them.

Reminds of a big cry baby on a playground when they get their favorite toy taken away.

What ever happened to doing the right thing and first do no harm.

We must stop these pro-declaw veterinary professionals from performing this torture and cruelty,  in honor of the Mishka’s and all the other 22 million kittens and cats who sadly ended up in the hands of pro-declaw veterinarians who clearly always make the wrong choice.

It’s really sad but true. They can’t be trusted to make the correct decisions when it comes to declawing.


PLEASE ask your own vet if they would stop declawing cats and you can use this note if you want. Note to Your Vet

If they won’t stop amputating kitty toes and claws then kindly let them know you are taking your business to an ethical veterinarian who doesn’t declaw cats.  There are lists of these veterinarians on my website, citythekitty.com, pawproject.org, and declaw.com

Thank you

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American Animal Hospital Association Victim-Crippled Ryder

Hi. My name is Ryder. Please share my sad story and tag your friends.
I was declawed at an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hospital (supposedly the best of the best) in 2015 along with my brother and sister. We all suffered horrific consequences from our declaws and most of our paws were amputated. One of my paws was saved.
Abby has both her paws completely amputated and mostly lays on the bed and has to be carried 3 times a day to her litter box.😿💔
The declawing vet, Dr Glen Weber and the owner vet of the AAHA Hospital talked my owners out of using the humane options and said declawing is a standard procedure and we would be fine.
Well we’re not fine and our lives consist of a lot of unimaginable suffering and just laying around the house. 😿💔
Please take 20 seconds and sign this petition to AAHA to ask them to STOP allowing this inhumane and mutilating procedure at their Standard of excellence veterinary hospitals. https://www.change.org/p/american-animal-hospital-associati…
Your voice matters!
If you don’t want the follow up emails from change .org then simply click on unsubscribe and you don’t have to donate to sign the petition.
Teeger
More about the 3 kitties story here-http://www.citythekitty.com/3-kitties-declaw-story/
Their declawing vet had his hearing last week and it is looking like no charges will be filed against him for this barbaric cruelty.
Declawing vets are getting away with harming thousands of cats each day in America by amputating their toe bones and claws. Enough is enough. 😾😾😾
In honor of these poor kitties, please support our work on this cause and sign up on my mailing list.
This cruelty needs to end and we need your help.
http://www.citythekitty.com

An ‘American Animal Hospital Association’ Veterinarian Member Victim-Paws Are Gone

Hi. My name is Teeger. please share my story and tag your friends.
I was declawed at an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hospital (supposedly the best of the best) in 2015 along with my brother and sister. We all suffered horrific consequences from our toe bone amputations and most of our paws were amputated. 😿💔
The declawing vet, Dr Glen Weber and the owner vet of the AAHA Hospital talked my owners out of using the humane options and said declawing is a standard procedure and we would be fine.
Well we’re not fine and our lives consist of a lot of suffering and just laying around the house. 😿💔
Please take 20 seconds and sign this petition to AAHA to ask them to STOP allowing this inhumane and mutilating procedure at their Standard of excellence veterinary hospitals. https://www.change.org/p/american-animal-hospital-associati…
Your voice matters!
If you don’t want the follow up emails from change .org then simply click on unsubscribe and you don’t have to donate to sign the petition.
Teeger
More about the 3 kitties story here-http://www.citythekitty.com/3-kitties-declaw-story/
Their declawing vet had his hearing last week and it is looking like no charges will be filed against him for this unimaginable cruelty.
Declawing vets are getting away with harming thousands of cats each day in America by amputating their toe bones and claws. Enough is enough. 😾😾😾
In honor of Teeger and his siblings , please support our work on this cause and sign up on my mailing list. This cruelty needs to end and we need your help.
http://www.citythekitty.com

Making Excuses To Declaw Your Cat Is *Unforgivable*

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This is what people who have declawed want to bury their heads in the sand about, this is just one of the reasons declawed cats develop litterbox issues and bite.
Please educate yourselves before deciding to make this horrible decision.
Decisions in the past do not make you a horrible person, continuing to make them and making excuses why you do this is unforgivable. We all have made mistakes, learning from them is what makes us better people.
OUR hearts break for all the kitties in the world who suffer this life.

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Safari Animal Care Centers In Texas Declaws Raccoons On All Four Paws-City The Kitty

 

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Declawing Raccoons: The Truth Unmasked

August 14, 2018


These are photos of a declawed raccoon that were posted on Instagram on July 26, 2018. The location was tagged “Safari Animal Care Centers” in League, Texas.

The purpose of this story is to educate the public about why they shouldn’t own a pet raccoon and also why they shouldn’t declaw them.

The founder and chief of staff of this veterinary practice, Safari Animal Care Centers, is Dr Steven Dale Garner. He’s a 37 year member of the AVMA.

According to his staff, he declaws many cats and many raccoons at Safari Animal Care Center. He is the only Board Certified Veterinarian in Galveston County, Texas. He is an accomplished leader in the veterinary profession. Dr. Garner also has been recognized as a member of the AAHA Standards Enhancement Task Force.

More about his accomplishments here. Dr Steven Garner’s accomplishments


Just to confirm that Safari Animal Care Center declaws raccoons, we placed a few calls inquiring about it.

When a person called Safari Animal Care Center to inquire about declawing a raccoon, the employee said they can do that and said they actually did a declaw on a raccoon the day before. The person asked if it’s ok to declaw a raccoon and the employee said, “With everything, some people might not agree, but if you want to home one and make it your baby, it’s ok.”

According to the employee, their raccoon declaw prices are as follows:  $405 for the front paws and $600 for an all four paw declaw. They said the doctor uses a laser and that it is less pain and less bleeding.

Another employee, when asked about getting a raccoon declawed and if their vet is skilled at the procedure, said that they do 2-3 raccoon declaws a week.

A vet tech, who said that they assist Dr Garner with the raccoon declaws, was put on the phone to explain some questions the caller had. The vet tech was asked if it is true that they do 2-3 raccoon declaws a week and the vet tech laughed and said that they do “quite a few.”

The vet tech said that some people think it’s like declawing a cat but that it’s not and said it’s like a removing a nail from a human finger that has soft padding under the nail.

The caller said that they were confused because they saw online photos of a skeleton of a raccoon paw and it looked like the claw was attached to the bone. The vet tech went online while the phone call was taking place and was adamant that raccoon claws are not attached to bone and said that they must have glued them to the skeleton in the photo.

The caller asked if it was harmful to declaw a raccoon and the vet tech said it’s not something they highly recommend but a lot of people who have them as pets don’t want to get “torn up.”

Another phone call was made to try to get an answer about the raccoon claw being attached to the bone from Dr Garner, but he wasn’t in the office. The employee asked Dr Garner’s wife, who is also a vet but doesn’t practice at Safari, and she conveyed this information to the employee to tell the caller. She said that they have to get in to get the root of the claw and that a little bit of the bone might be removed.

We have withheld the names of employees for fear that they might suffer a backlash for their honest answers.

More facts about raccoons. Raccoon facts


A check in the area of veterinary practices that treat exotic pets revealed that none of them will perform a declaw on a raccoon.

A vet at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston said that it’s not recommended to have raccoons as pets or to declaw them because it’s not humane and they don’t have retractable claws so it’s like cutting off the tips of their fingers. When asked if they declaw cats there, the doctor said they only perform tendonectomies on cats.

Another hospital that treats exotics, Westgate Pet and Bird Hospital (AAHA hospital) in Austin said that raccoons don’t have retractable claws so declawing them is taking out their whole nail bed and it would be like they were walking on “nubs.”  They declaw cats and ask if you want all four or two paws when a researcher called to check on their declaw fees.

Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital in League City said that raccoons are wildlife and they don’t declaw them. They declaw cats.


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

I reached out to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to get some facts about declawing a raccoon and here is their response.

1) Keeping raccoons as pets is a horrible idea, and 2. Removing the claws of a raccoon is an equally horrible idea.

The claws of raccoons are permanently exposed (as in dogs and many other mammals), which is completely different from the situation in cats, where the claws are retractile. The claws are attached to and cover the very last bone of the fingers and toes (called the distal phalanx).. Removing the claw involves removing the bone—so it’s not just de-clawing the animal, it’s de-boning the animal.

The same is true for cats, but that last bone in cats is smaller and more slender than it is in a raccoon. It is not a trivial thing to remove those claws and bones in cats, and it’s certainly a pretty big deal to do it to a raccoon. Painful, yes. Potential for nerve damage, yes.

And if the raccoon is ever released back into the wild (for example, if the owner later decides it was a bad idea to have a pet raccoon), that released animal would be at a supreme disadvantage in the wild (they have claws for many reasons, including protection, foraging, etc.).

Jim Dines, Ph.D. Mammalogy Section, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


Here’s a photo of the same raccoon after the 4 paw laser declaw with possible signs of damage to the paw pads from burning off the raccoon’s toe bones and claws.

From Safarivet.com Safarivet.com

“Ethical Standards For Safari

The Safari Code of Ethics sets the stage for how we “Ought” to behave. They provide a frame of reference for decision making as we care for your loved ones. This Standard includes many Ideals that we strive to achieve in our personal and professional life. Including, “Do No Harm”, “Respect All Life” , “Always Do What Is Best For The Pet”, and many others.”

Another motto they use is, “We Never Say No.” Safarivet.com “We Never Say No”


Dr Garner also declaws cats, he uses a CO2 laser and an employee at Safari Animal Care Center said that they do cat declaws regularly. When a caller asks for the price of a declaw they ask, “Front or all four?”

The employee said that a front declaw is $500 and that they think an all four paw declaw is around $900. When asked who is best at the declaws, employee said Dr Garner is the one who does their declaws and that he is the only Board Certified vet in Galveston County. The employee said that they use the same anesthesia that Texas Children’s Hospital uses. Employee also said that Dr Garner recently declawed their cat and it’s all healed up after two weeks.


We reached out to Dr Garner to see if we could get some facts about declawing a raccoon from this expert.

August 11, 2018

Dear Dr Garner,

I wanted to get your input on how a raccoon is declawed since you are a board certified doctor and your staff said you do raccoon declaws often and to reach out to you this way.  I figured you are the expert and can give me the facts.

I know that declawing a cat is removing the claw and the bone it is attached to, so I was wondering if it is the same for declawing a raccoon or do you just remove the claw with your laser?

Is there any harm to declawing a raccoon? Does it hurt them in anyway long-term and what is the recovery time. Is there any reason it shouldn’t be done? How would one decide what’s best, 2 vs 4 paws?

I’ve heard declawing changes a cat’s behavior, will it affect a raccoon negatively too in anyway?

Thanks so much,

Lori


His response,

August 13, 2018

Lori,

Just to be clear, I do not recommend the ownership of Raccoons.  In Texas I believe it is considered illegal to own such wildlife.  My veterinary position is that if people are going to own these pets against our recommendations – then and only then – will we provide veterinary care. They need someone who understands their nutrition and physical needs.   When a raccoon has been taken from the wild and reared in the home, it is difficult for them to return to the wild – ever.  This is because they have not developed the wild instincts to forage for their food and to be warily of their enemies.  Raccoons in captivity are always a problem however as they become aggressive (as interpreted by humans) and this aggression is difficult for most humans to manage.

Declawing is not recommended as it permanently changes a raccoons behavior.

Declawing cats was once common but is now frowned on and illegal in most other countries and some states.  If declawing is done it should be done to minimize pain, trauma, and to prevent the claws from growing back.  Surgical laser is one way to accomplish this.  Declawing a raccoon is no different except a raccoon is not a domestic animal.

Please leave the wildlife wild.

Best Regards,

Dr. Garner

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Steven D. Garner DVM, DABVP
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
Chief of Staff: Safari Animal Care Centers
Safari Knowledge Systems, LLC


August 13, 2018

Dr Garner,

Ok, Thanks for the note. So just to be clear since I was confused. When you declaw a raccoon, you use a laser and are you taking off just the claw or the last bone with the claw?

Also, if someone was going to do it, what are the pros and cons to a 2 paw or 4 paw? What do you suggest and will there be a need to give pain meds to them for a few days when they are brought home?

How does declawing change a raccoons behavior?

Thanks,

Lori,

I suspect your motives are not above board here.  There is a real moral and ethical dilemma when an uninformed person takes on an animal such as a raccoon from the wild and rears it in the home.  There becomes a real time when euthanasia is measured against declaw.  You know more about declaws than most on the planet and I do not appreciate your coyness about the gravity of declawing a wild animal.

Have a nice day.

Dr. Garner


Dr Garner, touts all his accomplishments on his website. The history of Safari  Some of the info on the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners website says this, “ABVP Certification sets you apart – among the most ambitious, forward-thinking professionals in veterinary care, driven by a commitment to the wellbeing of animal and those who care for them.The ABVP board certified veterinarian has demonstrated they are capable of providing a level of clinical practice that is clearly superior to the norm of the profession. ”

Link to the ABVP page ABVP website


Here’s another screenshot from Safarivet.com.


Here is a screenshot from Safarivet.com that talks about surgery for exotics.


Here’s a page saying that Safari Animal Care Center is a Fear Free Practice.(This Practice is NOT an officical Fear Free Certified veterinary practice)https://fearfreepets.com/

http://www.safarivet.com/pet-care-with-a-difference/the-safari-difference/we-diagnose-before-we-treat/fear-free-practice/

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL AND TAKE THE HIGH ROAD WITH YOUR COMMENTS. WE MUST EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE FACTS ABOUT DECLAWING A CAT, A DOG, A RACCOON, A KINKAJOU, OR ANY ANIMAL. WE MUST EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE EASY, HUMANE OPTIONS LIKE NAIL TRIMS, COMMONSENSE, STURDY SCRATCHERS, DETERRENTS, ETC.

WHEN YOU ARE DISRESPECTFUL, MEAN, OR THREATENING, IT HURTS THE CAUSE, IT’S WRONG, AND IT HURTS ME BECAUSE THEY WILL BLAME YOUR MEAN COMMENTS ON ME.

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Mao Kitty-Mutilated Paw-She Limps Because A ‘Professional’ Was Greedy-Declawing Is Animal Abuse

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We have met many cats over the years and each one of them has tugged on our heart strings for different reasons. Last year we met Mao. Thankfully Mao found a loving home after being at the shelter for over 77 days! That’s right she sat there patiently for 77 days! Thanks to the dedication of advocates who not only spent time with her daily, but for being her voice after what she had endured, she had a comfortable time while staying at the shelter. Her story may break your heart as it did ours, the second we met her. The first day MAO was on the adoption floor she was so terrified, but her eyes were so trusting. When we stepped in to visit with her, we saw that one of her paws were mangled. Why was her paw mangled? Due to a botched declawing surgery (which may have been done several times in attempts to repair the damage). When she walked she had a little limp and that just made our hearts ache. This most PURRecious and beautiful girl had this surgery done (we don’t know the reasons and honestly we don’t want to). Unfortunately the damage is done and now she is the one who has to have this affect her for the rest of her life. We cannot express enough how inhumane declawing is to a cat. The amount of damage that can occur and the potential for behaviors to develop are much higher when you subject a precious cat to such a barbaric and unnecessary surgery. There are other ways to help your cat redirect their scratching if that is the behavior of concern. Despite what has happened to MAO, she is the most loving, trusting soul that just wants to snuggle up by your side. She immediately came to us, would lay down right next to you or on you with one of her paws, even showing you the one that is damaged. Our hearts just ache when we think about what she has been through and is still a most remarkable sweet kitty girl. We must put a STOP to this! Please see our Humane Alternatives Brochure.

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