Whether you work with dogs in households with cats, or you work with cats only, if your clients are in the United States or Canada, you will face a few conundrums related to phalangectomy procedures (onychectomy/declawing): Behavior consulting and declawed cats. Millions of cats have been declawed, many of which have undiagnosed physical ailments related to those procedures. Your clients may not have successful behavioral outcomes if their animal’s health is not cared for and it is ethical for behavior professionals to consider the animal’s physical wellbeing as the first step to any behavior modification plan. However, the entire topic is considered controversial by many people, including some of your clients and their vets. This means that you not only have to recognize evidence that a cat is having physical trouble related to the amputations, you also need to broach the topic without inciting animosity between the humans or overstepping your professional boundaries. Helping these cats will require the owner, vet, and behavior consultant to work together as a team. You are the person to make that happen!
At the end of this talk, students will be able to:
- Recognize multiple signs that a declawed cat needs medical intervention
- Discuss medical and environmental interventions in a non-judgmental manner
- Encourage teamwork between themselves, their clients and veterinarians
- Provide further peer-to-peer resources to clients’ vets
Speaker: Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP2
This webinar is available as a recording.
2 IAABC CEU’s
2 CCPDT CEU’s (2 CBCC-KA or 2 CPDT-KA)
2 NADOI CEU’s
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