NBVMA Position Statements
Partial Digital Amputation (Onychectomy/Declawing)
- Veterinarians have the right to refuse to perform non-therapeutic PDA surgery. The NBVMA supports the position that Veterinarians should educate their clients about reasonable and effective alternatives to feline declawing and discourages the procedure. However, veterinarians retain the right and responsibility to use professional judgment for a humane and ethical outcome for their patients. If the declawing procedure is performed, whether therapeutic or due to lack of viable alternatives, post-operative pain management must be provided as per NBVMA current practice standards. In addition, it is understood that the animal will be confined to a safe secure environment and not allowed to run at large outdoors.
- The New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association (NBVMA) is closely monitoring developments in cannabis therapies, as well as the governmental changes in policy of this controlled drug. The current scientific understanding of the pharmacology and physiology of cannabis products is incomplete and evolving. As legislature is changing, the NBVMA strongly councils pet owners that are considering usage of cannabis products on their pets to consider that there is no safe and effective treatment/dosage at this time.
Raw Pet Foods
- Given the documented Public and Animal Health risks posed by the feeding of raw meat/egg-based diets to pets, the New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association (NBVMA) feels that recommending such diets for companion animal consumption is unsafe. Should a client insist on feeding such foodstuffs, it would be prudent to advise them of the risks and document in their animal’s medical record a notation as to the diet fed in the event of future illness sustained by the pet and/or individuals within the household related to the consumption of raw meat/eggs.