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onychectomy

 [on″ĭ-kek´to-me]
excision of a nail or nail bed.

on·y·chec·to·my

(on'i-kek'tŏ-mē),
1. Ablation of a toenail or fingernail.
2. veterinary medicine Surgical removal in felines of distal phalanges of all digits of forefeet, less commonly of hind feet. Procedure involves disarticulation of the P2/P3 junction and subsequent removal of entire P3 bone, at the terminus of which the claw is seated.
Synonym(s): declawing
[onycho- + G. ektomē, excision]

onychectomy

/on·y·chec·to·my/ (on″ĭ-kek´tah-me) excision of a nail or nail bed.

onychectomy

(ŏn′ĭ-kĕk′tə-mē)
n.
Surgical removal of a toenail or fingernail.

on·y·chec·to·my

(on'i-kek'tŏ-mē)
Ablation of a toenail or fingernail.
[onycho- + G. ektomē, excision]

onychectomy

excision of a claw or nail or claw or nail bed. A surgical procedure carried out on single, damaged or diseased claws and at other times in domestic cats for social reasons and exotic cats, canines and ursids for the well-being of handlers and cage-mates.

nail clipper onychectomy
a guillotine-type nail clipper is used to remove the third phalanx in cats.
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Research has shown that onychectomy causes neither psychological problems nor an increase in undesirable behavior among cats that undergo the procedure.
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But there are several steps far less extreme than onychectomy that owners can take to discourage this behavior or at least minimize its unpleasant results.
Temporary synthetic nail caps are available as an alternative to onychectomy to prevent human injury or damage to property.
The AAFP recognizes that feline onychectomy is an ethically controversial procedure; however, there is no scientific evidence that declawing leads to behavioral abnormalities when compared to control groups.