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Manitoba Veterinarians Vote to Ban Non-Medically Necessary Cat Declawing

June 12, 2019

Manitoba veterinarians voted overwhelmingly to ban the practice of cat declawing.

Manitoba is the sixth province in Canada that has banned the practice of non-medically necessary partial digital amputation (PDA), better known as cat declawing. Alberta banned it in March, Newfoundland and Labrador banned it January 1, and British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia banned it in 2018.

In 2017, The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) released a revised position statement on de-clawing, stating it “views non-therapeutic PDA as ethically unacceptable when performed without comprehensive client education including a thorough review of available alternatives, as the surgery has the potential to cause unnecessary and avoidable pain and alternatives to PDA are available.”

PDA is the amputation of the third phalanx, or joint, of a cat’s paw. The amputation is usually done at the request of the owner to prevent damage to clothing and furniture caused by the cat’s scratching. It’s most commonly done on the front two paws, but it has been done on all four.

For further information, please contact Sara Atnikov, MVMA Communications and Professional Development Coordinator, at 204-832-1276 ext. 3.