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Feline Laser Declaw

declaw1Cat's scratching is a normal behavior that not only helps to shed dead nails; it also provides feline communication by depositing scent from glands between their toes on to the scratched object. While natural to the cat, this behavior can cause a lot of damage to furniture and other household items. A last resort for many owners, a declaw proceedure will cost far less than recarpeting or refurnishing a room.

Onychectomy (or more commonly called "declawing") is the term given to the surgery involving the permanent removal of the distal portion of the claw. Declawing is completed under general anesthesia and the distal extremity of each front nail is removed. A brief post surgical stay in the veterinary hospital is often necessary in order to avoid complications. The front paws may remain sore for several weeks. In order to promote normal healing, special non-irritating kitty litter should be used for 2-3 weeks. Laser Declawing is considered by any to be the safest and most humane method for declawing your feline friend.

Using the CO2 laser instead of a scalpel provides surgery with a significant decrease in post-operative pain and swelling. The laser cauterizes blood vessels as it cuts and sears the nerve endings, this allows our veterinarians to perform surgery without the use of a tourniquet and no postoperative bandaging is required.

Combining laser technology with local nerve blocks (localized pain medication), pre and post-operative pain medication your precious feline is back to normal activities much sooner than traditional surgery with a scalpel would allow.

Call our Village Oak or Northgate locations for more information on laser declaw.