Michigan Declawing Vets. Tell your clients the truth about this mutilating procedure!
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Dear Dr Marie Breuker, Dr Sam Ciatto, and other Michigan veterinarians,
You are the listed "Veterinary Partners" for the local Animal Rescue that declaws 100's of kitties each year before they put them up for adoption. They say the reason they do this is because there is a demand for declawed cats. http://www.citythekitty.com/declawing-survey-western-michigan-veterinary-practices/
We, the undersigned, ask you to please help us educate your clients and the public about how declawing is harmful to the long term health and well-being of a kitty and about the humane alternatives. This will take away the demand to have declawed cats.
Please protect the health and well-being of cats and kittens and stop performing this inhumane, mutilating, and very unnecessary procedure.
You do so many wonderful things for animals but declawing does NOT keep a cat in a home and all declawed cats suffer in some way from from this barbaric amputation procedure.
Declawing is the amputation of a cat's last toe bone and claw. It is performed routinely in your Michigan veterinary clinics, despite it having absolutely no benefit to the cat and despite it being bad for the welfare of ALL cats.
Cats deserve better. Declawing is NOT a compassionate solution to finding cats a home.
Many of your clients believe that declawing is ok.
Dr Marie Breuker, you personally told us this, "Many Americans are lazy and many prefer declawed cats even with the knowledge of the negative repercussions. However, you have brought up many good points of things that I know to be true about the potential side effects of declawing cats. After you email we are going to be more proactive about educating clients of those negative side effects."
Dr Marie Breuker, you admit that declawing causes negative side effects and negative repercussions yet you and your practice are still performing this mutilating and harmful procedure on young cats who will be put up for adoption. These cats will never have the chance to show that they will use scratching posts, scratching pads, and get their nails trimmed. How can you justify this as a veterinarian who took an oath to ease the suffering in animals?
Many of your clients believe that a declaw is not any worse than a spay and they view a declaw as a small price to pay for the reward of getting a quick, loving inside home, rather than dying in a county shelter. They also believe that when declawed as a kitten and if they have to be rehomed later, it improves their chances of the kitty getting a home.
Please educate the public your clients about the TRUTH about declawing. No matter how it's done, it is mutilating and wrong. Here's a recent study proving this. Declawing Study "Declawing cats increases the risk of unwanted behaviors and may increase risk for developing back pain. Evidence of inadequate surgical technique was common in the study population. Among declawed cats, retained P3 fragments further increased the risk of developing back pain and adverse behaviors. The use of optimal surgical technique does not eliminate the risk of adverse behavior subsequent to onychectomy."
Cats need their toe bones and claws for so many aspects of their health and well-being.
Please provide brochures and information about the humane and commonsense alternatives like nail trims, sturdy scratchers, deterrents, Feliway, Feliscratch, and Soft Paws. Please educate cat owners in Michigan and the local animal rescue about the awful truth about declawing so they stop asking for this barbaric and harmful procedure for their beloved cats.
Here is a simple video from Dr Robin Downing, who is an expert in pain management. Show this to your clients and the public. Ask the local animal rescue to start a campaign to educate the public about declawing and the humane alternatives. http://bit.ly/DrDowningDeclawInfo
It's time for you to be strong and be a true leader in animal welfare and protection in your state. We will celebrate your bravery in leading the way to a better world for cats.
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