I took two kitties to Dr. Hammerele at The Pet Doctor today in O’Fallon to have their poor declawed feet examined. The first cat (where both paws are in the radiograph) has tendons so severely contracted, her toes have curled over. No wonder she is obese – it hurts so badly to walk! The next photos show bone fragments in most of her toes. This is like if we had a piece of glass in our shoe and it stabbed us every time we walked. Both kitties have surgery scheduled and are on pain medication and anti-inflammatory meds. Declawing does not save cats’ lives – it only makes their lives painful! Declawing does not keep cats in homes – one of the cats I took today is from a rescue! Also, good to note that neither of these cats had any outward signs of pain or typical issues. No biting or aggression or litter box aversion. One cat is just painfully shy and withdrawn while the other is morbidly obese. Pass this along and spread the word about The Paw Project.
THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY, ALL VETERINARIANS WHO DECLAW BELONG IN PRISON, THEY ALL KNOW ABOUT THE POST-DECLAW STUDIES DONE BY THEIR ETHICAL COLLEAGUES BUT IGNORE THEM BECAUSE MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT.
Why does the AVMA not support legislation to ban declawing? Because it is a billion dollar industry, that’s why. They refuse to publish the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Study-Peer Reviewed-Pain and Adverse Behavior In Declawed Cats-May 2017.
It is all about keeping their members’ interests in mind, which translates to -it is all about keeping money in their members’ pockets, instead of genuinely and humanely treating pets as they should be treated.
The declaw procedure takes about 20 minutes and costs anywhere from $200-$700, add it up.
22 Million Cats Are Declawed Yearly In The USA
The Paw Project shared The Paw Project – Texas’s post.
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This is Keaton from our friends at Second Chance Pets in League City, TX. He was adopted as a kitten with a no-declaw policy. Instead of returning him to their organization, as requested, they rehomed him to someone who declawed him. Afterward he started not using his litter box consistently and found himself back with the rescue organization, thankfully. Their astute staff knew he needed help so they took him to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for a paw evaluation.
Keaton did not have bone fragments left behind from the surgery however his toe joints could no longer fully extend. This can cause chronic muscle pain and discomfort all the way up the limb to the elbows. He was given pain medication to try and is finally with people who understand his problem. Wish him luck on finding a new forever home! If you are interested in more information about this boy contact Second Chance Pets (http://www.secondchancepets.org/).
“AVMA…I RESIGN.” ONE VET TAKES A STAND ON DECLAWING.
THE PAW PROJECT·TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
Some no-declaw vets may remain members of the AVMA and try to effect change from the inside. For other veterinarians, the AVMA’s position on declawing is intolerable. Here is a letter from one of them.
Jan 29, 2018
American Veterinary Medical Association
I am writing this letter to explain why I can no longer be a member of the AVMA….
It is time to take a stronger stand against the inhumane and cruel declawing of cats in the United States. As evidence of long-term consequences of an onychectomy becomes more widely known, many veterinarians are choosing not to declaw. However, I stand with Britain, Australia and most European nations who have outlawed declawing. I believe that the United States must join these nations and institute a nation-wide declawing ban.
The AVMA’s current position does not call for its members to eliminate this procedure nor does it state any plan to phase it out. This is unacceptable to me. As leaders and representatives of our profession, I implore you to take a strong stand against this cruel and unnecessary mutilation and begin the process to eliminate declawing in the United States.
Until such time the AVMA comes out strongly against declawing, I cannot in good conscience maintain membership.
Karel Carnohan, DVM