West Michigan & American vets please help out during this COVID-19 crisis & stop declawing
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Dear Dr Marie Breuker, Dr Sam Ciatto, and other Michigan declawing veterinarians,
We, the undersigned, ask you to stop declawing and do your part to be part of the solution to help protect human lives and help end this COVID-19 crisis!
In the midst of a crisis where everyone is pulling together to save each other, many declawing veterinarians remain selfish.
The AVMA sent a note to all their veterinary members that said, "Veterinary practices can and should defer elective procedures to preserve medical supplies when circumstances call for that."
The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association also sent a note to all their veterinary members. The MVMA told us this on March 19, “We have recommended the same precautions for our members. We are also working with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association to donate needed supplies to human medicine practitioners and will continue to update our members as new information becomes available.”
PLEASE listen to the good advice from your veterinary associations.
Despite worldwide efforts to conserve protective medical gear like surgical masks, gowns, and gloves, many declawing vets in West Michigan and in America are still performing these non-therapeutic surgeries in order to maintain their profits.
This selfish behavior risks infection with Covid19 in their staff, clients, and worst of all, hospital workers who are in desperate need of these limited resources.
While some veterinarians are collecting medical supplies to help with this crisis, others are wantonly using up valuable resources to perform non-therapeutic surgeries, such as declawing. https://local12.com/…/veterinarian-collects-medical-supplie
They are part of the problem, and this time the problem not only will destroy cats’ lives, it has the potential to kill thousands and thousands of humans.
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 West 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."
Yet you recently (Aug. 2019) promoted your declawing services on a post on a public facebook page where a cat owner was looking for a cheap declaw.
You could have educated the many pro-declaw cat owners on that post about the awful truth about declawing and about the easy, humane options but instead you touted how you have had "better outcomes" by burning off the toe bones and claws on cats with your expensive laser.
Dr Marie Breuker, you admitted to us in an email that declawing causes negative side effects and negative repercussions yet you and your practice are still performing this mutilating and harmful procedure on young, innocent cats. 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?
Dr Breuker, 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.
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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*********Always take the high road and educate with your comments. When you are mean or threatening, it hurts the cause and it's wrong and they often blame your mean words on me.
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