Up Sheep's Creek
The more I learn about Pol, the more unhappy I become. It seems that performing surgical procedures without sufficient anesthesia or analgesia, and without even adequate sterile practices are practically a habit with this highly unprofessional vet.
To whit (and these are examples directly from the TV show):
- A dog’s tail is amputated on an exam table without proper anesthesia or sterile technique.
- A dog’s femoral head (top of rear leg bone) is cut off without proper pain medication and sterile technique.
- A mauled puppy is placed in a cage and dies.
- A dog that probably had a ball stuck in its GI tract dies without the benefit of hydration or surgery.
- A Boston terrier’s eye is removed without sufficient anesthesia, pain meds, sterile technique or intubation (anesthesia delivered via a tube down the trachea so this brachycephalic dog can breathe.) They have enough trouble breathing when they’re awake!
Why oh why does Nat Geo continue to feature a vet whose practices fail to meet the minimal accepted standards in terms to animal safety and animal pain management? I am horrified by the callous cruelty documented in the examples above, and dumbfounded that any animal over could watch this without being physically sick.
Regardless of the reality tv show craze, National Geographic has been a name I found trust in for a scientific and inquisitive view of nature and our earth. I am sad and dissapointed, anyone with a genuine interest in the process and end welfare of the animal, Pol or Natgeo, should understand the implications and facts that exist both in physical and psychological vetrinary medicine that do not support declawing. This is either a gross negligence of awareness or a blatant allowance of cruelty. Either of those things completely destroys any trust or belief from anything National Geographic. A shame.
I hope he's reflecting on the fact that he's abusing those animals EVERY time he de-claws them. I wouldn't watch his show for any amount of money. I'm so surprised National Geographic is promoting this guy. TAKE HIM OFF!! Please stop promoting him!! He's a money grubbing jerk! This practice is banned in a lot countries and we're working on it here in the US, thank GOD!
GET RID OF THIS QUACK. are u kidding me ??? declawing an animal like this ? did u think people wouldnt get upset by this ? its cruel ! He treats animals like they are a piece of property....he does things that are not sanitary....GET RID OF THIS SHOW its terrible ! I cant believe you would even let this type of thing be shown
He should be ashamed of himself... his job is to protect animals, not mutilate them and cause them a lifetime of pain... and shame on NG for giving him any kind of attention.
The good ole doc has removed the photos of him declawing that poor cat. NO PROBLEM. There are many floating around on the net as we speak, or I should say as I write!
Beyond disgusted!!!! Don't let this barbarian anywhere near the animals - probation is too good for him, should be banned from practicing for life!!!!! And promoting this on your website.... Nat Geo - appalled, disappointed and furious doesn't even begin to cover it!!!!! Poor, very poor indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Disturbing. This "Doctor" is no friend to felines.
Declawing is barbaric and inhumane.
Shame on you. All of you.
Nat Geo, how can you possibly support a person who minimizes the life-long damage declawing causes in cats? "Kitty Klipping"? Disgusting. You have been trusted for years to provide programming that is factual and accurate, and to defend animal rights. Declawing is illegal in many parts of the world, and where it is allowed, is nothing but a cash-grab. People who need information on declawing, please contact The Paw Project. Please ask your vet if he or she declaws, and if the answer is yes, vote with your wallet-find a vet who actually cares about animals and refuses to mutilate them. The Paw Project and another activist have posted information about declawing to "Dr Pol's Facebook page. Their comments have been taken down, and they have been banned by that page. I wonder why someone would go to all that trouble? Almost sounds like there's something to hide.
I am very disappointed in Nat Geo right now. To even post a photo of blatant mutilation of a cat (of which the procedure is banned in numerous countries) is appalling to me. Dr Pol is not incredible, he's cruel for participating in this procedure and ignorant for not knowing this is animal cruelty. I will not be watching Nat Geo anymore and I will tell my friends and colleagues not to either.
I can't believe National Geographic would highlight such a barbarian. Declawing cats is illegal in 30 countries because it cuts off the tips of their toes - that they use to walk on! And this guy boasts doing it without even using gloves.
I am extremely disappointed that the National Geographic would display images of a veterinary surgeon performing a declawing procedure, amongst other legitimate procedures. Declawing (the amputation of the last joint of a cat's digits) is banned in a number of countries worldwide - Ireland, thankfully, being one of them. It should never be seen as a routine procedure, but should be exposed for the cruel, painful practice that it is. Cats are born with claws - if that's not something that fits with your lifestyle, don't get a cat. There are so many issues, both physiological and behavioural, that declawed cats have to deal with - I cannot fathom why anyone would intentionally maim any animal, much less one who had given them it's love and trust.
I am extremely disappointed that the National Geographic would display images of a veterinary surgeon performing a declawing procedure, amoungst other legitimate procedures. Declawing (the amputation of the last joint of a cat's digits) is banned in a number of countries worldwide - Ireland, thankfully, being one of them. It should never be seen as a routine procedure, but should be exposed for the cruel, painful practice that it is. Cats are born with claws - if that's not something that fits with your lifestyle, don't get a cat. There are so many issues, both physiological and behavioural, that declawed cats have to deal with - I cannot fathom why anyone would intentionally maim any animal, much less one who had given them it's love and trust.
I am very disappointed in Dr. Pol. I thought he was a very compassionate and caring vet, this tells me different.
I just heard Nat Geo is showcasing a very sloppy declaw on a cat? How does this benefit viewers or the cat? It makes me cringe at your callous disregard for an animal's pain and suffering. Just awful. I hope unnecessary amputations won't be repeated on other animals in the future.
We in the UK find it SHOCKING that not only does Dr Pol declaw cats but that he thinks so little of them he doesn't even wear surgical gloves! Declawing is cruel major surgery, it is in fact the amputation of the cats last toe joints and our UK vets have never declawed, even before it was made illegal here. Cats need claws for many reasons and Dr Pol should know this, is he blind to the Paw Project vets having to repair the mutilated paws of cats suffering from this surgery? Does he care about the thousands of declawed cats who end up in shelters because of physical and mental problems from their declawing? Obviously he does not and it is a DISGRACE that this man is called incredible. INCREDIBLY CRUEL ..YES! He should NOT be on TV!
He should lose his licence for his negligence and cruelty!!!!
You are kidding?! This guy is de-clawing a cat?! Over 30 countries around the world, it is ILLEGAL to de-claw a cat. It is also illegal in the USA to de-claw an exotic cat(lion, tiger, etc) because it is barbaric. Many cities in California have banned de-clawing. The only reason it is not illegal to de-claw domestic cats in the US is because veterinarian trade associations hire lobbyist to protect their cash cow. But for NatGeo to propagate this antiquated and barbaric "procedure" is awful. Please see http://pawproject.org/ for more info on de-clawing as well as the movie on Netflix called The Paw Project. The only good news is that NatGeo's shows are also antiquated-the shows look like shows from the 80s and I know their ratings are so low they don't even qualify for the Nielsen Ratings. All of NatGeo's shows are poor copies of hit shows from other networks
Did the cat ever wake up? Where did you put her claws? In the garbage? Declawing is amputation according to the AVMA. This cat probably has arthritis, bone fragments, nerve damage, and probably will have 'horns' growing from her paws... bone regrowth that grows in sideways just like my cat has. This cat will start biting, she doesn't have any defense anymore. She will not use her litter box, litter is painful on amputated leg bones. Head out of the dark ages and into the 21st century and get educated, see The Paw Project and watch their documentary. Nat Geo, you should be airing The Paw Project Documentary, created by a veterinarian who works on Hollywood animals who are in various movies and television shows. Do you want your ratings to skyrocket?
I cannot fathom why Nat Geo would want to associate itself with a "veterinarian" who would conduct any surgical procedure without taking the minimal proper sanitary measures.
I also can't begin to fathom why Nat Geo would basically be advocating for a procedure that is no less than a cruel, and unnecessary mutilation.
Declawing is amputation; it is not merely the removal of the claws. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian cuts off the last knuckles of a cat's paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. Declaw surgery can be an extremely painful procedure with associated health risks and complications such as infection, and can produce permanent lameness, life-long pain, or arthritis. It also frequently leads to behavioural problems, such as biting and/or litter box avoidance, which in turn often lead to cats being surrendered (or abandoned) and euthanised.
Little surprise then, that declawing is illegal or considered inhumane in many countries throughout the world, including over 12 European nations, Australia and Brazil.
Please take some time to look over these resources:
It is past time this barbaric amputation was made illegal in the USA and Canada, and anyone performing it prosecuted for animal cruelty. Lead the charge for animal welfare, Nat Geo, instead of beating the drum of barbarism.
"You can't declaw with love."
– Paul Rowen, DVM (Little Shelter Animal Sanctuary, New York)
Truly wish Nat Geo would wake up and get a good veterinarian. I guess that won't be a money maker like watching a hack like Dr. Pol. Probably quite boring to see things done properly....I will no longer subscribe to nat geo till they elevate their standards to a reasonable level. His declaw is not done with sterile technique, anesthetic monitoring, or even provision of an airway. And let's call it what it is, an amputation....So many things wrong with this picture...very sad.
This is what I except out of TV veterinarian who was recently fined and
placed on probation for negligence and incompetence. I feel for the
poor pets that you care for.
Appalling. NatGeo, "Dr." Pol, shame on you both. Not only is this
completely unsanitary, but it's cruel. I am disgusted, frankly. There is
absolutely no reason for declawing, it offers zero benefit for the cat
and is known to cause extensive health and behavioral problems. Since
when does a sofa have more rights than a cat? As a cat rescuer, I am
severely disappointed that this fool of a veterinarian is being promoted
and even defended by National Geographic, and have lost much of the
respect I once had for this organization. I'm suddenly very okay with
not having a subscription anymore.
There is no reason to declaw a cat in modern veterinary medicine. All recent graduates have a full tool box of behavioral redirection techniques and alternatives to declawing. Declawing cats has never been researched for long turn safety. The surgery was started by a letter to the JAVMA editor in 1952. There has never been a research paper documenting long term effects on declawing cats ever! Veterinary anatomist are even in conflict over the cat's paw anatomy. Your technique and septic method are evidence for another Board complaint.
Why is nat geo supporting someone who mutilates animals and opens them up to be susceptible to deadly infections, behavioral issues and psychological trauma. Instead you should throw your support behind groups like #thepawproject that work to enrich the lives of animals instead.
Dr. Pol. Please head on over and visit The Paw Project website: www.pawproject.org
What many of us see here breaks our hearts.
-The Oreo Cat
Excuse my french, but what in HELL are you doing? You think of yourself as a good vet? Because let me assure you, ANY vet that would perform this procedure on a cat knowing the issues it causes the animal (I have one, I know) is NOT a good vet! Get with the program please! Declawing is being banned all around the globe & now even in many cities right here in the USA. I am appalled that you would choose, not only to do it, but that you would use some damn cutesy name for animal mutilation & then video it!
You disgust me!
So-called "doctor" Pol is a torture artist! He isn't even wearing gloves to prevent infecting this poor victim. This hack artist isn't worthy of NatGeo!
How can you do so much good for animals and then do this? It's not a "Kitty Klipping", it's an amputation and torture. So sad for a perfectly healthy cat to be treated like this.
@Tracey Frankcom Thank you so much for posting all the resources. My computer skills are not all that great, and it was really helpful to have info posted that is easy to understand and use. Very much appreciated.