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May 18 2020

Dr. Robin Downing: Human Animal Bond Association Conversation

Courage, Integrity, Curiosity, Brilliance – all words I use to describe the woman I get to introduce A LOT, Dr. Robin Downing. And I will get that privilege again on Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 ET,7:30 CT,6:30 MT as I interview Dr. Robin Downing, with my co-presenter Dr. Liz Bales. This talk is sponsored by…

May 7 2020

Dr. Robin Downing: Human Animal Bond Award Recipient

The American Veterinary Medical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Robin Downing, owner and medical director of the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management and Windsor Veterinary Clinic, has been named the 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year for her outstanding work in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond. For many years,…

February 22 2020

VCA Animal Hospitals Ban Declaw

After the American Veterinary Medical Association and the approximately 1,000 Banfield the Pet Hospitals crafted stronger statements opposing declaw, now the 750 VCA animal hospital group pretty much decided “the heck with it” and outrightly banned declaw as elective option. If you don’t know, declaws in cats are truly amputations, as the last part of…

January 12 2020

Opposing Declaw, Banfield Hospitals & AVMA Make History

I’ve been adamantly opposed to declaw for many years. Yesterday, I was talking with a cat behavior consultant colleague who edited Think Twice Before You Declaw a handout, which we co-authored with several others back in 2006. Since then, we know much more: Not declawing doesn’t mean more cats will be given up to shelters…

December 12 2019

Questioning Ethics of Declaw, Not to Mention Deleterious Impact on Behavior

Dr. Robin Downing is Boarded animal rehabilitation, and is a renown expert on pain/pain management of companion animals. She and I are speaking together about declaw in cats at the FETCH veterinary conference on Friday December 13 in San Diego, CA. Downing can look at videos of cats and identify lameness that is so subtle…

September 17 2019

Watch Facebook Live on Banning Declaw

Dr. Robin Downing is Boarded animal rehabilitation, and is a renown expert on pain/pain management of companion animals and is a clinical bioethicist. She is adamantly opposed to declaw. We are speaking together at the FETCH Veterinary conference in San Diego on December 13 about why declaw is a VERY bad idea. Watch Dr. Downing…

August 23 2019

Dr. Robin Downing and Steve Dale Talk Declaw at FETCH

Today there is more information than ever regarding declaw in cats. We know better about how to use behavior modification and even a new pheromone product called Feliscratch to attract cats and kittens to scratching posts. We also know more about the deleterious medical problems that are directly correlated to declaw. In this instance causation…

July 22 2019

New York Now First State to Ban Declaw

New York State is now the first U.S. state to ban declawing cats. In June, state lawmakers passed Assembly person Linda Rosenthal (D)Manhattan bill to ban the procedure, which truly amputates cat’s claws. Governor Cuomo not only signed the bill, but he called the declaw procedure “archaic, inhumane and unnecessary.” “Declawing is a cruel and…

June 17 2019

Neutralizing Cat Allergies and Banning Declaw on WGN Radio

The bill to support fire safety in Illinois for pets in kennels is now on the Governor J. B. Pritzker’s desk and ready to be signed. I also mention HERE on WGN radio the extraordinarily shocking story of 700 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Georgia; you read that right, we’re talking 700 dogs.…

June 4 2019

New York State Poised to Ban Declaw

For years, I’ve been calling declaw “barbaric.” It IS just that. Denver approved a ban on declaw, which follows Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and lots of other California cities, several Canadian provinces and over 25 entire nations. And New York state is now poised to be the first state to ban kitty amputations.…

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