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Recommended: Pine Grove Animal Hospital, Colorado — 17 Comments

  1. I’ve liked the page and left a thank you as well its just wonderful news I just hope that more will follow suit as now business in a particular area likes to be ‘the last man standing’. I would love to see a domino effect 🙂 Well done to The Paw Project for all their influence.

  2. Just been mulling this over and while we are right to congratulate vets who stop declawing we should also thank those who have never declawed and take our business to them if they are near us as they have not caused countless cats to suffer.
    It’s like the prodigal son though getting praised while good people rarely get thanked for being good.
    Look at all these vets who stick to their oath

    • Nice point, Rose. As you say, vets who have never declawed a cat can be overlooked yet they are better – they have never caused unnecessary suffering through declawing.

    • Yes I agree Rose it’s a shame that the vets who have never declawed are not being praised, now I have an idea for another PoC article, thank you.

      • For an American vet to not declaw is rare and these vets must be mentally strong because peer pressure and client pressure will drive vets to declaw. It is like swimming upstream.

        Clearly some vets don’t want to be a vet unless they stick to their oath. The veterinarian’s oath means something to these vets.

  3. This is what Dr Hess says on his clinic facebook page:

    ‘Thank you to everyone who responded. My purpose was to help raise awareness of this issue because I believe the sooner we veterinarians take some time to think about it, more and more of us will choose not to perform this procedure. I appreciate the supportive replies, they’re far beyond anything I expected’

    • Great, well spotted Ruth. You see, from a purely commercial point of view – which is the best way to get vets to change – he has great publicity from his decision. He’ll likely do well from this. Of course I am thinking of cats myself. I just wish more vets thought about cats rather than money.

      I’d be interested to see how this story develops. If it goes well as I expect some other vets may well follow.

  4. What a lovely website. I think it is outrageous that people will still have their cats claws removed. These people cannot call themselves cat lovers.

    • Thank you Samantha. We agree that it is outrageous that people want to remove their cat’s claws and often it is done to kittens. It makes me feel sick thinking about it.

  5. Great news I hope that soon there are so many vets who won’t declaw that the ones who do lose all their cat clients,if I lived in America I’d boycott the cruel vets for sure.

    • It would make me very happy if other hospitals in the area followed their lead. And, yes, I’d like it if they published a statement to tell us how stopping declawing had no negative impact on their profits.

  6. Apologies for getting the title and URL (web address) wrong. It is just old age, world blindness and carelessness. I have changed both the URL and the title but the new URL will cause some broken links. Sorry.

  7. Colorado is pretty far away from me (and cold – YIKES!), but Dr. Hess sounds wonderful. This is what we need – vets speaking out and going public when they aren’t willing to harm animals.
    We need a huge domino effect.

  8. Thank goodness The Paw Project video is getting to some vets and persuading them to stop declawing cats. I hope all vets stop of their own accord, Dr Hess should not nave have been declawing anyway, that is not ‘doing what is best for the pet’ but at least if we thank the ones like him and hopefully he gets more cat clients now, it will show the declaw vets we know that they are in the wrong.

    • Well said Ruth. Dr Hess has hurt cats, for sure, for no reason other than to please his human client – bad.

      But as you say, we should promote him because he has changed and change is what we desperately need.

      Every vet who “defects” from the distorted world of veterinary declawing is worth a lot because it represents change and a more modern thinking that may be followed.

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