Michigan Vets, Please Educate Your Clients About Declawing & The Easy, Humane Alternatives
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Dear Dr Marie Breuker, Dr Sam Ciatto, and other Michigan vets,
You are the Veterinary Partners for the local Animal Rescue that declaws 100's of kitties each year before they put them up for adoption.
We, the undersigned, ask you to educate your clients about how declawing is harmful to the long term health and well-being of a kitty and about the humane alternatives. Please protect all animals and speak out against declawing.
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 walking on their amputations.
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.
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.
The local animal rescue director believes that declawing is ok just because it's done by "superior skilled surgeons" who barbarically and inhumanely amputate a cat's toe bones and claws.
The animal rescue director believes that a declaw is not any worse than a spay and views 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 and this animal rescue director 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.
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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*********Always take the high road and educate with your comments. When you are mean or threatening, it hurts the cause and it's wrong.
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