On this website we've seen our share of greedy vets who promote declawing. They're disgusting people who leave you feeling sick and furious. But Dr Glenn Ephraim is by far the most repulsive vet I have ever come across.
Dr Glenn practices at the Oakton Animal Hospital in Illinois. His hospital claim to have the 'latest' in declawing 'technology'. Meaning, laser declawing. Yes, that's right, burning off a cat's fingers is very high tech according to Dr Glenn. In fact this technology is so advanced that the way the cats recover is a miracle. Here are some words from Dr Glenn himself!
"...most of these kittens approaching 95% are acting the next day like they didn't even have surgery, it's almost a miracle. The days of the cat who's declawed sitting in the corner suffering in pain and not moving for two weeks are long over."
I have mixed feelings about a lot of what Dr Glenn said in those two sentences. Firstly, KITTENS. Dr Glenn likes to get cats in to be declawed at just 11-13 weeks of age, or at 3lbs, 'whatever comes first'. This vet not only promotes declawing, but he encourages the declawing of kittens! Kittens at that age are still physically developing, and I believe that declawing a cat at such a young age is extremely dangerous and poses many risks on the development of their bodies. Imagine burning off a baby's fingers to the last knuckle. That would doubtlessly have an effect on the development of that baby's fingers. Why are cats any different?
Secondly, Dr Glenn admits that the recovery of a cat who is declawed is painful and causes the cat to suffer. I thought the oath of a vet said that vets must prevent and relieve the suffering of animals, not mutilate them to cause them to suffer... He says that he has been declawing cats for 23 years, and laser declawing for 11 years. That's 12 years of cats sitting in the corner suffering in pain and not moving for two weeks. Why would anyone want to put a cat through that?
He also says that with the use of this 'technology', there is much less bleeding, much less inflamation and much less chance of infection. If this technology was so advanced and reliable, to the point where kittens miraculously recover, as Dr Glenn claims, wouldn't there be NO bleeding, NO inflamation and NO chances of infection? Based on what Dr Glenn is saying, I can only see extreme exaggeration to make laser declawing sound like something that is cat friendly and so technologically advanced that it's completely faultless.
This impression of declawing 'perfection' gives people confidence in declawing, and so more people are going to have their cats declawed, meaning more money in Dr Glenn's fat wallet. But what Dr Glenn doesn't mention is what the cats are like weeks, months even years after being declawed. He only mentions how they recover, short term. This is very convenient for him, but I would like to see a cat who had been laser declawed several years ago.
Just when you think Dr Glenn is the ultimate scum of the Earth, he manages to sink even lower, proving that he is doubtlessly one of the infamous money hungry vets. He begins to talk about how reasonably priced his declaw surgeries are, and then goes on to say that his prices are far better and more reasonably priced than other animal hospitals in the area. In fact, he calls the other hospitals "competitors". This absolutely disgusts me, vets shouldn't be competing against each other to see who can make the most money out of declawing cats. As if the cats need this...
I wanted to know a bit more about Oakton Animal Hospital, so I went on their website, where I saw the words "Quality", "Comfort" and "Compassion".
I scrolled down the page and saw "*Specializing in Laser Surgery and Laser Declaw Surgery". There's no such thing as a quality declaw, declawing is not comfortable, and declawing is extremely foreign to the word compassion.
I beg anyone who is reading this to contact Oakton Animal Hospital, and express your disgust in them in regard to how they take advantage of cats through declawing. I have no doubts what-so-ever that they declaw to make money.