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Southfork Animal Hospital Position Statement on Declawing

At Southfork Animal Hospital our goal is to stay current on the best Veterinary Health Care available.  For many years, declawing has been considered the procedure of choice for owners who are worried about their furniture or getting scratched while playing with their cat. Recently AAHA, the Feline Practitioners Association and others have strongly recommended against declawing and view it as an unnecessary procedure and as we learn more, we try to do better.

In the past, we considered it routine to declaw. Now we are realizing that scratching is a normal feline behavior and just like training your dog to urinate outside, cats can be trained to use a scratching post. By training cats or using alternatives like soft paws, we are able to avoid a painful and potentially life altering procedure. Because the first knuckle is removed in declawing it causes the cat to walk on the tip of its second bone. This unnatural pressure can lead to pain which causes some cats to bite more or avoid their litterbox more or other problems.  

Please visit Declaw.com for even more info!

The "Paw Project" is a great source for information as well!

Want to learn more about TICKS? Learn how to indentify, repell, and keep your family safe!

Want to learn more about TICKS? 

Learn how to identify, repel, and keep your family safe from these parasites!


Want to learn more about HEARTWORM Disease and how to prevent this from happening to your pet?!?

Heartworm IS in our area and not something we can ignore!  Yearly heartworm tests are crucial to detect the disease early even if you have kept your pet on preventative all year long - no medication is 100%


Did your pet ingest something that may be TOXIC?

Make this life saving calls to the experts - they have a vast knowledge that will ensure proper treatment for your pet!

International Pet Travel : Plan ahead and take the right steps!

Before making plans to travel internationally with your pet, visit our new website at  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  for up to date information on what's required.