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Cat claws can be very destructive to your family members, draperies, carpeting, and the furniture in your house. Perhaps your cat is scratching you every time he/she is picked up. It makes us all upset when our pets do things around the house we do not like. However, it is also difficult to be mad when the cat is only doing “what comes naturally.”
We strongly recommend you consider declawing all cats that spend any time in the house. Perhaps you have heard others say that it is cruel, inhumane, or that once done the cat becomes defenseless. Maybe you have even tried the plastic “nail caps” but have been frustrated with them coming off, needing frequent replacement, or resulted in nail damage, injury, or infection to your cats claws. Did you buy a nice scratching post only to have a cat refuse to use it?
When declawing is performed by an experienced veterinary surgeon the procedure is safe, no more painful than any other orthopedic procedure, and does not disfigure your pets toes. When done properly your cats feet will look normal, just with out the claws. Your cat should walk, jump and play normally without pain.
Our practice is one of only a few veterianary hospitials in Rutherford, or Davidsion Counties to offer LASER Declaw, and the only one to offer it at no additional cost. All of our Declaws are performed by LASER. Laser surgery offers many advantages, as it cuts, the laser automatically seals small blood vessels and nerve endings around the cut, so there is less bleeding, swelling, and pain. As a consequence, cats recover faster from laser declawing. Our office has declawed over 1000 cats safely, with no significant permanent complications since we opened. Our doctors are also experienced in declaw revisions for those that may have been declawed by other doctors and have developed chronic lamness or other complications.
When cats are made to live with us in our homes, this is somewhat of an unnatural environment for them. However consider this, it is a known fact that cats living totally indoors will live at least 2-3 times longer than an outside cat because of dogs, cat fights, cars, disease, & abusive people. Therefore, it makes good sense to help your cat live the best and longest life possible by keeping it inside your house and making it an acceptable member of your family. This may include declawing it to prevent damage to the home and those living in it.
Declawing is not cruel in our opinion. It is much more cruel to get mad at the cat for following its natural instincts. Or even abandoning the cat to a shelter because of scratching behavior. We have even had owners consider euthanasia to control destructive behaviors. Declawing is much more human than these options.
Declawed cats are not defenseless. Cats do not fight with their front claws. They bite and scratch with the rear feet. They can still jump into and climb trees (to escape) without front claws.
No cat is too old to be declawed. However, the younger the cat is when surgery is performed, the faster the recovery. 8-16 week old kittens are often running all over the house the very next day after surgery.
The rear feet can also be declawed but is only recommended if your cat damages you or the furniture with the back feet.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
The surgery is done under injectable anesthesia. The last joint of the toe that contains the claw is precisely surgically removed by a LASER. The surgical incisions are left open or closed either with sutures or a surgical adhesive. The feet are sore for 1-2 weeks but excessive post-operative pain is rare except in older, overweight cats. Additional long-lasting pain injections or oral medications are
recommended when appropriate. Special litter, such as Yesterdays News or other non-clumping litter, is recommendations are made to ensure that nothing sticks to the feet to cause an infection. Otherwise no special home care is required.
Declawing is probably the single most important surgical procedure to consider for your kitten, other than spay/neutering that will help ensure a satisfactory relationship between the cat and its owner!
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND DECLAWING ALL HOUSE CATS AT 8-16 WEEKS OR AS SOON THEREAFTER AS POSSIBLE.
a) Dogs: Rabies & Distemper / Parvo Virus
b) Cats: Rabies & Feline Distemper / Respiratory Disease Complex.
The basic quoted fee includes all of the above. This minimal procedure package is offered to make Laser Declawing as affordable for everyone possible. Additionally, there are several optional services that are highly recommended for your pet’s increased safety & comfort. The additional recommended services include:
1. PreSurgical Lab Screening to monitor internal organ function.
2. Additional Pain Medications to ensure pet is comfortable at home
3. Update of any needed wellness care or vaccinations
There are other options that can be done at reduced cost since no additional anesthesia would be required. These services include dewclaw removal, extraction of “baby” teeth, hernia repair, ear flushing, wart & growth removal, Tail docking, and/or identification microchip implant. Feel free to ask about any other service you may be interested in adding to your pets services at the time of spay or neuter can provide significant cost savings.
|Declaw (2 Feet)||$190.00|
|Declaw (4 Feet)||$280.00|
|Spay & Declaw (2 Feet)||$270.00|
|Spay & Declaw (4 Feet)||$365.00|
|Neuter & Declaw (2 feet)||$210.00|
|Neuter & Declaw (4 Feet)||$325.00|
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Regular Business Hours are M-F 7:30 till 5:30 pm. After 5:30 pm there is an additional $15.00 Convenience Fee added to exam fees.
Appointments Preferred. Pets are seen in following order:
Life Threatening Emergencies, Appointments, Urgent Care Walk-ins, Wellness Walk-ins
When bringing your pets into our office, for their and the safety of other pets, please either have your pet leashed or in a pet carrier. Please ask our staff at check in for a leash if needed.