Commonly Misunderstood Procedures

Spay or Neuter

Spaying and neutering just one animal can save the lives of many. In addition to responsibly controlling pet overpopulation, spay/neuter leads to numerous health benefits for your pet such as reducing the risk of cancers and aggression as well as increasing overall lifespan.

 

Our Health Clinic has proudly performed over 12,000 spay and neuter procedures within our community. The Humane Animal Treatment Society supports spay and neuter!

Ear Tip

An ear tip is a universally recognized symbol for outdoor cats who have been spayed/neutered. The cat's left ear has the tip (3/8 inch) removed for general identification purposes signifying their alteration.

 

This procedure causes no harm to the animal when performed by a veterinarian. The Humane Animal Treatment Society supports ear tipping!

Declawing

Declawing is a cosmetic procedure which involves surgical amputation of the first toe joints. This results in pain as well as severe medical complications and can lead to arthritis affecting a cat's ability to move and perform other basic behaviors, such as using a litter box. 

When provided with a scratching post, cats should not be inclined to scratch other materials, such as furniture. The Humane Animal Treatment Society does not support declawing!

Ear Cropping

Ear cropping is a cosmetic procedure which involves surgical removal of the ear flaps (pinnas). Ear cropping is most common within purebred dogs to achieve a distinctive physical appearance.

 

While there are many arguments both for and against, this procedure, we highly recommend that pet owners carefully weighed their decision and consult a veterinarian. The Humane Animal Treatment Society advises pet owners to proceed with caution as the desired result of any ear crop is not guaranteed.

Humane Animal Treatment Society

1105 S. Isabella Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

(989) 775-0830