The results of this poll surprised me.

Cats scratch and dogs bark. Is declawing or debarking the answer?

Nearly 60 percent of American pet owners, including 55 percent of cat owners, say it is OK to have a cat declawed, but only 8 percent approve of having a dog’s vocal cords removed, according to an Associated poll.

My thoughts?

Both procedures are unethical.

I have never removed a dog’s vocal chords, and I stopped performing declawing in my Veterinary practice over 10 years ago.

These procedures are painful- inspite of using pain medication.

On top of that they are permanent, altering basic instincts.

Your cat can NO longer walk normally, or defend himself.

Your dog loses his basic ability to communicate.

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