VCA Animal Hospitals Stopped Declawing Feb. 21, 2020

We believe that every pet owner has the responsibility for providing a safe and supportive home for their animal that enables appropriate expression of natural behaviors and fully integrates them into the home and family. Every medical procedure supported by our veterinary practices has been put in place with the health and wellbeing of pets in mind and, based on this, we do not support the elective declawing of any animal in our veterinary practices.

Declawing includes surgical onychectomy, digital flexor tendonectomy, and generalized phalangectomy for non-medical reasons. Feline scratching and nail sharpening are normal behaviors and the removal of nails has been shown to lead to chronic pain and, in some cases, to cause long-term behavioral issues. We believe that education of pet owners about appropriate behavioral and environmental modifications are humane alternatives to these elective procedures.

Fewer than 4% of West Michigan vets don’t declaw and they are apparently afraid of being bullied for making the ethical decision.

Fewer than 4% of Western Michigan vets don’t declaw.  We reached out to them to ask if they would write up a short paragraph as to why they don’t declaw cats but none of them replied.
Could it be that they are afraid of being bullied for making the ethical decision.

California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Delegate’s Views About Declawing

May 2019 Please take 60 seconds and sign our petition to VCA Animal Hospitals-Mars & VCA Petition Link This is a story about a veterinarian, Dr Jerry Owens, and his opinions about declawing. Owens, 72, will be the President of the American Veterinary Medical History Society in two months and is a California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) member and delegate …

How The CVMA and the California VMB Stopped The Cat Protection Bill

Multiple animal medical and welfare organizations have issued statements against declawing, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Fourteen jurisdictions have seen fit to ban the procedure. Even a major veterinary hospital chain, VCA, stopped declawing a year ago throughout Canada.
Now it is time for California to pass this important legislation and join the worldwide humane movement against declawing.

American Veterinary Colleges and Declawing in 2019

Here’s our story about how all the veterinary colleges in America address declawing. Out of these 30 American veterinary schools, 10 of them don’t perform declawing at their small animal hospitals, according to employees at their hospitals.

The Anna Shelter Declaws Cats At Their Wellness Centers

Let us start by saying that The Anna Shelter in Erie, PA. does a lot of great things for animals. We applaud them for this. Their shelter director, Ruth Thompson, has dedicated her life to saving animals.Unfortunately they also declaw cats at their West and East Erie and Corry, PA, Wellness Centers and they condone declawing for their shelter cats. The Anna Shelter is an Adoption Partner at Petsmart in Erie, PA. The manager at this Petsmart was asked if PetSmart is ok this the Anna Shelter declawing cats and condoning it for their shelter cats. He said, “Yeah, nothing against it.”

When America’s Favorite Veterinarians Knew Better, Did They Do Better?

October 31, 2018 This is a follow-up story to see if any of the top 10 finalists in the infamous 2015  AVMA/AVMF’s America’s Favorite Veterinarian contest stopped declawing. What we found is that 2 of the finalists in the top ten stopped declawing shortly after the contest was cancelled and one more stopped declawing sometime in the last few years. …