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New Brunswick veterinarians vote to ban cat declawing

The province joins five others in banning PDA

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The declawing of cats will be banned in New Brunswick effective July 1.

The New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association (NBVMA) voted last week to prohibit the practice, deeming it to be an unprofessional conduct for a veterinarian in New Brunswick to perform partial digital amputation (PDA).

Commonly known as declawing or onychectomy, the practice will only be performed if the cat’s health is at risk.

New Brunswick is the latest Canadian province to ban PDA. It joins Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Winnipeg, and Alberta.

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