As a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), I enjoy following the many interesting discussions on this favorite topic of mine. Today, a post on the discussion forum caught my attention, and I want you to check it out:
Physical Consequences of Declawing by Dr. Jean Hofve of Little Big Cat
This illustrated post shows how removing P3 shifts P2 into a weight-bearing position, and over time, the tendons contract, the cat walks differently, and arthritis develops. It definitely gives you some things to think about.
Dr. Hofve posted some additional articles/resources on the topic of declawing, which you should also check out:
- Declawing Annotated References List
- Studies Pertaining to Declawing (Annotated)
- Review of CVMA/AVMA arguments in favor of declawing, with evidence-based rebuttal
I have performed declaws myself, but it has been awhile. I do not like doing them, and I try hard to talk people out of it, but I like that I can present this additional information to owners (especially the pictorial guide) and give another perspective.