Knowledgeable Veterinarian And Client Should Decide To Declaw Or Not
I am going to school right now to become a certified veterinary technician. I have seen the procedure performed successfully many times and with all three different procedures… surgical blade, laser and guillotine nail clippers with pre-meds administered to avoid wind up.
I have taken a veterinary ethics class and have researched this subject thoroughly for an extensive research paper. I believe that the AVMA has an excellent paper on this subject that would be helpful to anyone that is deciding on this very delicate and controversial subject.
It is very well written, researched and an unbiased paper with thorough and highly regarded references included; so you know exactly where they are getting their information and it is not just a person that wants to rant and rave about the injustice of declawing with no scientific evidence to back up their theories.
If anyone would like to take the time to read it, please go to the AVMA website type in declawing and bring up the paper titled “Welfare Implications on Declawing Domestic Cats” (would have added the link but according to submission guidelines for this I can not).
Please enjoy! I believe that under a knowledgeable veterinarian that has thoroughly discussed this with a client and all avenues have been exhausted it can benefit not only the client but form a better human animal bond, which in turn can better the life of the feline.