Proclaw Veterinarians of Canada

Welcome to the Proclaw veterinarians of Canada website! You have probably found us by searching for information about declawing or onychectomy in Canada. You might be a veterinarian looking for more information, you might work in a career with cats, or you might just be one of many lucky ‘someones’ who live with cats. No matter your relationship with cats, we welcome you!

The Proclaw Veterinarians of Canada is an organization started by Dr. Kelly St. Denis in Ontario Canada. Dr. St. Denis’ experiences as a veterinarian and feline specialist opened up concerns to her about the feline surgical procedure known as declawing. Declawing leads to many short-term and long-term medical consequences. As cat lovers, we all need to be aware of these changes that occur.

Cats have normal scratching behaviours that are necessary both to maintain healthy nail structures as well as to mark their territory. When we understand these behaviours, we are better able to direct our cats’ scratching targets.



Dr. St. Denis is currently a full time clinician at the Charing Cross Cat Clinic in Brantford, Ontario, which she opened in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Genetics and a Master of Science Degree in Immunology. In 1999, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College.

Dr. St. Denis has been certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the specialty of feline practice since 2013.
Dr. St. Denis is a consultant with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), a reviewer for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) and sits on the Advisory Council for the Feline Friendly Practice Program.