MVH Position on Elective Declawing, tail cropping, and dewclaw removal
Mountainside Veterinary Hospital (MVH) opposes feline declawing as an elective procedure and supports non-surgical alternatives. This statement does not apply to claw removal when medically necessary to treat conditions such as tumors, chronic infections, etc. When deemed medically necessary, the procedure must follow current best practices for amputation, including use of the surgical laser, multimodal pain control before, during, and for an appropriate length of time after the surgery.
MVH veterinarians strongly believe in fully educating their clients on all aspects of declawing, including the lack of medical necessity, possible side effects, ethical issues and most importantly the positive alternatives. These alternatives are crucial in providing feline owners with the options they need to care for their cats with claws.
MVH strongly encourages all cat owners who may be considering declawing, to talk to their veterinarian and fully educate themselves on the non-surgical alternatives before and after adding a cat to their family. We believe by doing this, we can help humans and cats live together in harmony.
MVH also opposes the removal of tails and dewclaws on puppies as an elective procedure.
This policy goes into effect as of November 1, 2021.
Welcome to Mountainside Veterinary Hospital, your pet’s family doctor, offering cutting-edge medical treatment for cats and dogs in Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Glyndon, Finksburg, and other surrounding communities. Founded in 1976 by Dr. Ron Symonds, our practice has treated multiple generations of family pets. Locally owned and operated, we take great pride in the relationships we’ve built with clients across the decades.
We offer a comprehensive spectrum of quality medical services and contemporary treatments, including wellness and preventive care, in-house diagnostics and imaging, laser surgery, internal medicine, and endoscopy, among other care options. Whether you have an energetic new puppy who needs all their first vaccines or a mature cat who needs ongoing treatment for a chronic condition, our doctors can help!
Our Dedicated Team
Our team of compassionate, highly skilled doctors, veterinary technicians, and support staff recognize that pets are special, essential members of our families. We emphasize effective communication with our pet families and among ourselves to ensure we meet the individual needs of every pet in our care.
Our practice offers the advantages of state-of-the-art technologies, modern medicine, and advanced treatment options coupled with competitive pricing. We also offer percentage discounts for senior citizens and both active duty and retired military personnel, and we gladly accept CareCredit®.