TREMENDOUS NEWS!!! VCA Canada (a corporate chain of veterinary hospitals) announced today that its vets will stop declawing, effective immediately, in all 93 of its Canadian clinics. Paw Project Founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad and Paw Project-British Columbia Director Dr. Margie Scherk have been lobbying VCA Corporate Medical Director Dr. Todd Tams for years. Several months ago, Dr. Tams invited Dr. Conrad to give a “why-you-should-stop-declawing” presentation to all of the VCA regional directors in the US and Canada (including Dr. Joffe, National Medical Director – VCA Canada). Dr. Scherk has prepared scripts for VCA staff to help them deal with clients who request declawing
Dr. Tams said today to Dr. Conrad, “Still trying, believe me…it’s all a process…we are working on it continually.” We remain optimistic.
Dr. Conrad has been corresponding with Dr. Daniel Joffe, the Medical Director of all of the VCA hospitals in Canada. This is his response to her congratulatory email today:
“Thanks….a big step, but the right thing to do for certain…our doctors and teams in Canada have been hugely supportive. I had a RVT at my clinic in tears today she was so proud of our group.
Danny Joffe DVM, DABVP
National Medical Director
Pictured: Drs. Bruyette, Conrad, Tams
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The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia has become the second province in Canada to ban its members from declawing cats for non-therapeutic reasons.
While the college acknowledged their may be medical issues that may necessitate partial or full digit amputation, it says elective declawing, also known as onychectomy, is not an appropriate means of dealing with feline behaviour issues like scratching furniture.
“No medical conditions or environmental circumstances of the cat owner justify the declawing of domestic cats,” the CVBC said.
Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban cat declawing, but the college notes it is also outlawed in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and some cities in California.
“There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable, similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping,” said CVBC CEO Luisa Hlus.
The ban is effective immediately.
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These beautiful brothers are both suffering due to severe complications from declawing. Basically, the tendons in their feet are retracting and the toe bones are pushing on their paw pads, almost to the point of protruding through the skin. This is an incredibly painful condition and requires surgery in order to correct it, reduce their pain and provide them with a better quality of life long-term. However, the cost is not cheap and to fix both cats’ paws is estimated to run about $1500, but Chandler and Joey are worth every penny! They didn’t ask to be put through this horrific experience, and they deserve to live their lives pain-free and happy so we are determined to make that happen for them.
Please consider donating either through their Go Fund Me link, or through our Give StL Day page. Every single penny will be used to provide care and vetting for our foster animals, including Joey and Chandler!
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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is asking for donations.
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.
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