Vet Tech Said Old Dull Nail Clippers Used To Declaw Cat-Fur Rips Off With Bandages

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Most cat owners who declaw their cats see cute photos of their kitties like this after they’ve barbarically had their toe bones amputated.
In the comment section is a GRAPHIC photo of what often happens after they unwrap the bandages. (photo of kitties isn’t related to the photo that the vet tech sent me)
The world needs to see the truth about what is being done to around 10 million cats a YEAR in America by unethical declawing vets.
Here is the sad note I received from a vet tech last week.
Dear City,
I have been a vet tech for many years. For the past several years I have refused to participate in the declawing of cats. However, in the animal hospital I most recently worked for, a best of the best accredited veterinary hospital on the east coast, I still had to deal with declaw recovery, pain management, and horrid bandage removals.
Here is a photo from a very real bandage removal. For some cats the removal of their bandages is so painful that they need to be put under anesthesia AGAIN in order to remove the tape and gauze, often the gauze sticks to their dried, bloody paws, and well, you can see how much fur the tape rips off.
The vet used an old pair of nail clippers to declaw cats. The techs cleaned and sterilized them as best they could but they were never sharpened. I no longer work at this practice, but unless declawing becomes illegal, this barbaric procedure will continue to go on.
I saw it.
I held those darling cats as they woke up in agony. It’s not okay. We know better, so we need to do better. Thanks City.

A concerned vet tech



Declawed Izzy Tiger-Needs Funds-Claws Grew Back Inside Her Painful Paws


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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.


Four Paws Declawed-Dumped In A Ditch-Severe Arthritis In Paws-Walking Is Painful


Bernie was adopted recently after he was found in a ditch. Jill took him to the vet and had x-rays done of his paws to see why he cannot walk properly, why every step he takes he is in pain. The x-rays show severe arthritis in Bernie’s paws, which is common among declawed cats, and gets worse when they ge older. His hips are so sore he lays down like a dog with hip dysplasia. Notice in the photo’s his flat paws, this is called pamagrade stance-abnormal standing posture. The x-rays show the p3 bones missing and the p2 bones are curled with arthritis.

Declawing is animal abuse, there is no excuse for veterinarians to perform this life long pain filled barbaric procedure. A pet is supposed to go to a veterinarian to be healed, not mutilated.

Thank you Jill for saving Bernie, who otherwise would have probably died alone, knowing he was mutilated for profits by hands that took an oath to heal and knowing he was dumped by someone who did not want him anymore because they realized he was handicapped and did not want to face their guilt for what they did to him.

“A 1994 study by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine found that of 163 cats who were declawed, 50 percent had one or more complications immediately after surgery, such as pain, hemorrhage, lameness, swelling, and non-weight bearing. Of the 121 cats whose progress was followed after surgery, 20 percent had continued complications, such as infection, regrowth, bone protrusion into the pad of the paw and prolonged intermittent lameness and palmagrade stance (abnormal standing posture).

“Scratching is a natural feline behavior that meets cat’s many needs. That’s why declawing has long-lasting effects on cats. Once their claws have been removed, they can no longer perform their natural stretching and kneading rituals. They become weaker as they age and may experience debilitating arthritis in their backs and shoulders.



Declawed Mr. Louis Has Joint Swelling And His Toe Tendons Are Starting To Freeze


This is the lovable and cuddly Mr. Louis. He was recently adopted, as an already declawed cat, by a family that is very attentive to his needs. He has not displayed any behavior abnormalities however he walks like “a women in wobbly stilettos” so was taken to Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for an evaluation.
No bone fragments were found on the X-rays however he cannot fully extend one wrist due to joint swelling and the tendons that move his toes are starting to contract or freeze. He walks with a less than normal balance as if walking on egg shells. With continued monitoring, joint supplements and pain management when needed he should do well in his new home.
Wish this handsome boy luck in his new home and a big thank you to his new family! Continue to educate about how declawing affects cats for the rest of their lives.



Declawed Cat-Four Years Worth Of Coiled Claw Growth Inside Pawpad


6 yr DLH brought in for possible abscess on front right paw. The owner just noticed lump on paw a couple days ago and was expecting it to be an abscess. After further inspection DVM noticed what looked like nail peeking through a tiny spot under the skin. After sedating and removing the hair, he cut open the “abscess”… This poor cat was declawed over 4 years ago before the current owner received him. When declawing, the previous DVM must have left enough behind on the dewclaw to allow it to grow back. This is at least 4+ years of nail curled around on itself underneath his skin!! Craziest thing I’ve ever seen!
** permission to post granted by owner****