Articles: Declaw

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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.…

Pet Fire Safety Bill Discussed on WGN Radio

Appropriately fire protections are in place for children in day care facilities, but sadly not for dogs or cats in boarding facilities. I thought we NEED protections in place, a pet fire safety bill, and now there will be a law to support this in Illinois. I speak with Illinois State Senator Donald DeWitte (33rd district),…

Seeking Video of Declawed Cats

I am seeking help to spread the world about cat declaw. I want video of your declawed cats walking – even if that walking appears totally normal (or not). Over 20 years ago, I came out in the popular press and called cat declaws (Onychectomy) “barbaric.”  At around the same time, I co-authored a handout…

New Brunswick Veterinarians Ban Declaw

In Canada veterinarians are proactively banning declaw, the latest province to do this is New Brunswick. Nova Scotia was the first province to ban the practice in 2017. It’s also now illegal to declaw in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador and British Columbia. Nationwide Canadian veterinarians, province by province, are taking matters into their hands. What’s…

Pet Resolutions for 2019

Here are nine messages I resolve to attempt to communicate – pet resolutions for 2019: Fear Free Fear Free began as an initiative to certify veterinary professionals to implement methods to limit fear, anxiety and stress that pets (and as a result their people) feel during veterinary visits. The impact continues to be so profound…
Dr. Margie Scherk and Steve Dale talk declaw

Declaw is an Unnecessary Amputation

Declaw is wrong – plain and simple says Dr. Margie Scherk, editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. It begins with even the name declaw being a misnomer, says Scherk, who is my guest in a two part interview on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Scherk speaks about cat health,…

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