Our Position Statement on Feline Declaws
Gateway Pet Hospital prides itself in providing the best possible care for our patients. We are strong advocates for our friends that have no voice, and strive to make choices in their best interest. For that reason, Gateway Pet Hospital has made the decision to stop performing declaws on cats.
The term declawing actually describes partial digit amputations (usually done on both front paws). As you can imagine, it is a painful procedure that results in cats who can no longer perform their natural scratching and stretching behaviours. We take a lot of pride in being the type of practice who performed this technical procedure with a focus on pain management and patient care. We have always taken declawing seriously in our practice and this has allowed for many successful surgeries and comfortable patients. That said, as veterinary medicine advances, we are proud to be able to bring these advancements to our clients and patients.
While we have provided this surgical option in the past for our clients, more and more non-surgical options are available now to help deal with cats who scratch and are destructive. We are dedicated to working with, and supporting our clients to find alternative solutions that will work for them. We will provide detailed information on our website and provide consultations as necessary for our clients so that we can identify pet specific solutions.