UPDATE April 1, 2020. Michigan’s Governor issued an order for veterinarians to stop performing elective procedures to preserve precious PPE.
March 19, 2020.
Despite worldwide efforts to conserve protective medical gear like surgical masks, gowns, and gloves, many declawing vets are still offering non-therapeutic surgeries and declawing 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.
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.
If you find this behavior egregious and unbelievably self centered, send a polite email to your local declawing vet or call them.
They’ve always been shortsighted and that’s why they declaw, but now they are contributing to another pandemic.
The AVMA sent a note to all their veterinary members that said this. “Veterinary practices can and should defer elective procedures to preserve medical supplies when circumstances call for that.” AVMA Note About Elective Procedures
Most veterinary associations have sent a note to their members asking them to not perform elective surgeries during these times.
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.”
We did a recent informal telephone survey on March 18, 19, and 20th, with some declawing veterinary practices in America to see if they are still performing elective procedures. The researcher asked the veterinary practice employee if they are still doing spay/declaw procedures.
Michigan practices. (Please sign our petition to all the declawing vets in West Michigan. West Michigan Petition
Animal Wellness Center of White Cloud – They are still doing spay/declaws. Here’s one of their facebook posts.
Dr Pol’s Veterinary Services. The employee said they are still doing spays/declaws for clients but are booking out these surgeries to around 2 months. (Please sign our petition to Dr Pol. Dr Pol Petition
Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Hospital. This is an AAHA, Fear Free professional, and AAFP CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE. Yes they are doing spays/declaws and they asked if you just want the front paws or all four paws. Dr Buck does the declaws. An all four declaw is $319.50.
Midland Animal Clinic. Yes they are doing spay/declaws but they are booked out for about 1 1/2 months.
Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic. AAFP CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE. Yes they are doing spay/declaws. The employee said that their surgery gloves and masks are on back order and they might have to prioritize what they are using them for.
Fremont Animal Hospital. Yes they are doing spay/declaws. The employee said, “We are still doing them unless the state shuts us down.” Fremont AH New Kitten section
Standale Veterinary Hospital. Yes they are doing spay/declaws but are trying to limit them to urgent cases but said Dr Haskins is still doing them.
Animal Medical Center of Wyoming, Michigan. AAHA and AAFP CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE Yes, they are doing spay/declaws and said it’s business as usual but you can drop the cat off to them in a carrier from your car in the parking lot.
Eastown Veterinary Clinic. AAFP CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE. Yes they are doing spay/declaws and everything they say.
Cat Clinic North. AAFP CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE. Yes they are still doing spay/declaws but they will pick the cat up from your car. They said they have declaw rules. They don’t declaw the back feet and the cat can’t be over 8 months old. They said that you have to go to their sister clinic, Kentwood Cat Clinic since they use a laser for declaws.
The Cat Doctor of Monroe, Michigan doesn’t perform declaws. They are not doing elective procedures.
Chicago Drive Veterinary Clinic, Jenisen. They don’t declaw cats! They are not doing elective procedures.
Westown Veterinary Clinic- They are still doing spays/declaws and asked if you want to schedule an appointment. Here is their declawing information. “Declawing Cats. Our best care for your best friend.” Declawing Info
Radbill Animal Hospital. Yes they are doing spay/declaws and are booked about 2 weeks out.
Anna Wellness Center East – Yes they are doing spay/declaws. They said they are booked out until May 4th because they can only do a certain amount of declaws in a day. They only do declaws on Mondays and do 3 a day.
Anna Wellness Center West- Yes they are doing spay/declaws. They said they don’t do declaws on cats who are 2 years and over and if the cat is older than 6 months then you have to have an exam.
UPDATE ABOUT THE ANNA WELLNESS CENTERS. The state of PA. shut down the ANNA Wellness Center’s clinics. The ANNA WELLNESS CENTER OF CORRY SAID, “This is not what we want, but we need to comply with what we are told to do” in a post on their facebook page on March 23, 2020.
Blue Springs Animal Hospital and Pet Hospital- Yes, they are doing spay/declaws but said they try to limit their procedures to emergency surgeries.
Purr-sonal Care Cat Clinic – Yes they are still doing spay/declaws.
Airpark Animal Hospital- Yes they are still doing spay/declaws and asked if you want to set an appointment for the procedures.
Mercy Pet Clinic- Yes they are still doing spay/declaws and everything is normal. Declawing cost
Cornerstone Animal Hospital- They are still doing spay/declaws and will come to your car to pick up your cat. they asked if you want to book an appointment. Declawing info
Well Pets Economy Clinic- Yes they are still doing spays/declaws and Dr Scott Emch does them at his Cicero Veterinary Hospital. Declawing pricing link. Declaw options and prices
Goffstown Animal Hospital– They are still doing spay/declaws but only for their clients.
Prestige Animal Hospital- AAHA hospital. They are still doing spay/declaws and they only do the front paws, the cat has to be under a year old and only an indoor cat, and you have to see a doctor to get an estimate.
Trinity Pet Hospital- They are still doing spay/declaws and asked if you wanted to book it.
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital– They are still doing spay/declaws but you have to make an appointment to discuss it with their vet who will decide if it’s necessary. They said they don’t recommend declawing.
Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic– They are still doing spay/declaws and said they do them all the time.
My Family Pet Clinic– They said they are still doing spay/declaws but that could change from day to day.
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