Our top priority is providing the highest quality of veterinary care to each pet we treat. Every policy and medical procedure supported by our practice has been put in place with the health and well-being of pets in mind.
Our veterinarians perform a surgical onychectomy (declaw procedure) if they believe a cat cannot be trained to refrain from using its claws destructively in the home, or poses a danger to family members. Unfortunately, all cats are not amenable to behavior modification, and we believe that this surgical procedure will result in fewer cats being abandoned or euthanized.
We also believe feline onychectomy should be performed only with the medically appropriate use of anesthetics and analgesics as well as adherence to careful surgical and post-surgical protocols.
Declawing a cat involves the removal of the first bone of every toe. The joint is separated and the skin closed over the remaining toe. This is a delicate procedure. Your cat will be kept in the hospital for two days post surgery in order to ensure the incisions are healing correctly. Your cat will also receive pain medication and antibiotics during the surgery, the one to two days of hospitalization, and to continue at home. Additionally, we treat the incision areas with laser therapy post-surgically in order to reduce inflammation and speed healing time.