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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]

declawing

surgical removal of the claws of Felidae and Canidae. Not a universally accepted procedure except where there are specific health implications for the patient. Can happen accidentally in penned wildlife, e.g. anteaters. Called also onychectomy.
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Manual declawing of crabs is practiced in many fisheries, including the southern Florida stone crab Menippe mercenari (Ehrhardt 1990), the northeast Atlantic deep-water red crab Chaceon affinis, the southern Iberian fiddler crab Uca tangeri (Oliveira et al.
While I understand your strong feelings regarding the issue of declawing, it is my view that the desire not to subject cats to this procedure must be balanced with the knowledge that returning cats to facilities that are already significantly stressed may, in many cases, be detrimental to the well-being of the feline population.
She's heard from distraught residents who were told to declaw their cats when a change in management occurred, as well as potential residents who were told apartment communities or Public Housing Authorities required declawing.
Budgets cut to the bone, news departments shutting down, not to mention the content: crime, more crime, and "special reports" on worthless car alarms and the pain of declawing cats.
Declawing might be considered if scratching becomes a continual problem.
I would not suggest declawing any cat unless it was an alternative to euthanasia or giving it up.
Declawing, an elective surgery, may or may not offend the sensitivity of individual cat owners.
A New Jersey Assembly approved a bill Monday that could make it the first state to outlaw veterinarians from declawing cats.
Stone crabs lose appendages naturally through combats and accidents, and unnaturally through fishery handling and declawing (Bert et al.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has clarified its policy on declawing to stress that the procedure is an amputation of all or part of the cat's distal phalanx--the last bone of each toe--and is not a medically necessary procedure.
While the lion cub is receiving medicine for infected paws following a declawing operation, Hemadeh noted that "none of these treatments have been prescribed by a vet, and no vet is currently overseeing this treatment -- it is being done by one of the circus employees.
Without debate, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a ban on the declawing of cats that will take effect by the year's end.