Veterinary Organizations Who Protect Cats From Torture & Mutilation (Declawing) And Those Who Allow It.
VCA- Comment from VCA when they banned declawing in Feb. 2020, “At the core is our firm belief that we must always do the right thing for our patients and we can no longer support declaw procedures in cats unless there is a medical reason to perform the procedure. Examples include neoplasia, infection, and trauma.
Our doctors have been given the freedom on how they practice medicine, as long as what is being done falls into a range of accepted standards of care. We no longer feel that elective declawing of cats is a best practice and we must be cognizant of the negative effects declawing can have on cats.”
Banfield- Comment from Banfield when they banned declawing in Jan. 2020. “Every medical procedure supported by our practice has been put in place with the health and wellness of pets in mind and, based on this, we do not support the elective declawing.”
American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) – Comment from AAFP when they banned declawing in Dec. 2020, “As we continue to amplify our mission to support high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence based medicine, we are proud to announce the end of elective declawing procedures in our Cat Friendly Practices®.
Guided by evidence-based information and the pursuit of leading the feline veterinary community, it is the AAFP’s mission to improve the health and welfare of cats. We need to set the standard.
This decision reflects our commitment to cats and we are grateful to be able to take this step towards improving feline welfare. Now is the time. Let’s end this unnecessary elective procedure, educate the public about the negative effects of declawing, defend the welfare of domestic cats, and stand proud as veterinary professionals.”
Mission Veterinary Partners- (Email from John Talmadge, Chief Veterinary Officer of MVP to City the Kitty’s Exec. Director, Lori Shepler in March 2021.)
“We spent time reviewing the case, your website, published medical research, and the positions of leading medical organizations and associations. For the sake of clarity and transparency, MVP has not mandated medical protocols in the past. We support and empower our clinic medical teams to meet or exceed standard medical practices. While we have never mandated any medical protocols, we believe that in this instance it is shortsighted and we feel compelled to take a stance in order to ensure that we abide by one of our core values: to do the right thing.”
MVP banned declawing in March 2021.
Fear Free Pets (Founder/Owner Dr Marty Becker) – They say they are an education company and provide a course for their members about why they should not declaw as well as alternatives to declawing.
(UPDATE MAY 2021- Dr Marty Becker and FEAR FREE PETS announced that they would be banning declawing in all their practices on Dec. 31, 2021. This is great but why would it take 7 months to do the right thing?)
Story about Fear Free Practices and declawing. Fear Free and declawing
The following veterinary organizations ALLOW declawing in their vet practices.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)- AAHA emailed us in July 2021 and said, “We strive to uphold standards of veterinary excellence, but we do not instruct veterinarians how to practice medicine.”
THAT’S A BIG LIE!
In 2013 AAHA told their veterinarians that they cannot perform nonanesthetic or anesthesia-free dentals because it is unacceptable and below the standard of care. AAHA also said nonanesthesia dentals are not appropriate because of patient stress and injury. Banning nonanesthetic dentals didn’t take any income from their vets, and in fact brought them revenue since now their AAHA hospitals will be performing these dentals with anesthesia.
Also one of AAHA’s MANDATORY STANDARDS is, “Practice team members demonstrate humane care of animals.” DOES AAHA BELIEVE DECLAWING IS HUMANE CARE OF CATS?
AAHA has 900 Standards of Care on 49 pages and they tell their veterinarians how to practice medicine in many of their MANDATORY STANDARDS or else they can’t be an AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital.
AAHA and declawing story. AAHA story
AAHA Petition- AAHA Petition
Does AAHA think that declawing is humane, the standard of care, and doesn’t cause stress and injury to a cat?
National Veterinary Associates- 1000 plus vet practices. – Silence. They are ignoring all of us.
Their CEO, Greg Hartmann says this on his bio, “We’re here to support our caregivers with resources, tools and programs that help grow their business, so they can focus on what matters most: the health and well-being of animals.”
NVA Petition- NVA Petition
NVA and declawing story. NVA and declawing story
JAB Holding Company owns NVA – email@example.com
VetCor- 427 vet practices. Silence. They are ignoring all of us.
VetCor says on their website, “All of our practices have a shared goal of providing excellence care and service to both their patients and clients.”
Story about VetCor and declawing. VetCor and Declawing
Petition- VetCor Petition
PetVet Care Centers- 330 vet practices. Silence. They are ignoring all of us.
Story about PetVet and declawing. PetVet Care Centers and Declawing
Petition – PetVet Petition
The only contact email that we can find for PetVet is this. https://www.petvetcarecenters.com/site/inquiries-pet-vet-care-centers