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In preparing for 2017, our leadership team discussed at length whether we should continue to offer the elective surgical amputation of cat's toes at the last joint, commonly known as a "declaw". Over the last 30 years, thoughts on declawing have changed dramatically. Our practice looked at these changes and began to consider what stance would continue to fit our core value of "being an advocate for our clients, patients and team". We reviewed the position statements of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. In addition to reviewing these statements, we felt that as a newly certified Cat Friendly Practice, we would not be very cat-friendly if we continued to perform declaws. It did not take us long to realize that declawing is not an elective surgical procedure that we will be performing any longer. Instead, our focus will be on Alternatives to Declawing and educating our clients and team. In March 2017, one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, researched declawing and shared some facts as well as alternatives.
We have embraced new technology, medicine, surgical techniques, etc over the many years of practicing medicine and caring for your pets. We are excited to change our thinking on declawing and we hope that with proper education, we can cut down on the number of declaws that are performed in central Indiana.
Why Do Cats Need Claws (pdf) The Paw Project (link to website that advocates no declawing) Sticky Paws (link to website that sells furniture protectors) Scratching Posts (link to website with scratching posts) Keeping Cats Indoors (pdf) The Indoor Pet Initiative (link to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine website)
If you would like to share any additional resources that have worked for your cat or have helped to educate yourself in declawing, please contact us and we will research it and share it on our page.
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Starting Wednesday, May 3, 2017, we will be closing EVERY Wednesday from 830a-1030a for team trainings and meetings. If you have an emergency during these times, you can call the clinic and select the emergency option and a staff member will be contacted to help you!
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