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Letters to the Editor

Objects to analgesic procedures in cat study

I was disturbed to read the study1 comparing limb function in cats following onychectomy by laser or scalpel. Several issues contributed to my discomfort, including my personal and ethical opposition to declawing, but my main concern is the lack of adequate analgesia in the experimental protocol.

First, there appears to have been no preoperative or even perioperative analgesia. The initial dose of the analgesic butorphanol tartrate appears to have been given after surgery but before anesthesia was discontinued. The benefits of preemptive analgesia are well known2 and should have