Poll: Pet owners weigh in on declawing and debarking

02/15/2011 | Washington Post, The

About 60% of U.S. pet owners say they don't oppose declawing cats but only 8% said they approve of removing dogs' vocal cords to keep them from barking, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Experts say both surgeries can negatively affect animals' physical and mental health. Read AVMA's backgrounder on declawing and policy statements on declawing and canine devocalization.

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