Laser Declawing Cats

Declawing a cat requires a surgical procedure. With three different methods, interest in laser declawing is growing. Learn the advantages of laser declawing over Resco clipper and disarticulation declawing methods. Each cat declawing procedure has advantages, but you’ll find laser surgery is growing in popularity for good reason. If you’re not familiar with cat declawing methods, you shouldn’t rush into a decision before learning the pros and cons. Resco Clipper Cat Declawing Explained The Resco clipper method for declawing a cat is used by many veterinarians because it is fast. Using a special set of clippers the end digit of the cat’s toe is amputated. The device quickly cuts off everything in one shot and then the skin is sutured or glued shut. The cat’s paws will be wrapped in bandages to keep the wound sterile as it heals. With the Resco clipper method, the cat needs to avoid clay or sand cat litters to keep the litter from getting into the wound. This prevents infection. The biggest downfall to the Resco clipper method for declawing a cat is that if the entire bone is not removed, the claw will regrow and a second surgery will be required. The Disarticulation Method for Declawing a Cat With the disarticulation method, the veterinarian uses a scalpel to remove the ligaments and tendons holding the bone section in place. The bone is then cut away and the incision is sewn or glued shut. Bandages are wrapped around the paw for at least a day to aid with healing and keep germs away. There is no chance of the claw growing back. Clay and sand cat litters have to be avoided to prevent infection. Because the ligaments are cut, the cat will lose some control over the foot. It’s barely noticeable, but it can affect the way a cat walks or stands. The Benefits of Laser Declawing Procedures Laser declawing is growing in popularity. It’s important to know that the laser equipment is pricey. Most vets have to pay upwards of $40,000 for the laser machine, so the cost of the cat declawing is going to be higher. The surgery is safer however, so the added cost is often worthwhile. During a laser surgery, a laser is used to sever the tendons and ligaments before removing the entire bone. There is no risk of the nail regrowing in the future. Benefits to laser surgery for declawing a cat are numerous. First, the laser cauterizes the incision during each “cut” so there is no bleeding and no need for bandages after the surgery is complete. Swelling is minimal with a laser surgery. Because the wound is cauterized, you don’t need to force your cat to acclimate to a different kitty litter during recovery. You won’t have to worry about finding puddles of cat urine on your floors. Studies find that cats that have been declawed using lasers recover more quickly and seem to experience less pain. This is because the laser also seals the nerve endings during the procedure. With Resco clipper and disarticulation methods, cats often require a week to heal and get back to their normal routines. Cats that have been declawed using a laser are usually up and about the very next day.
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Las Vegas Veterinarian Provides Feline Laser Declaw Surgery Feline declawing has been a controversial subject for decades. The decision to declaw or not to declaw can be a tough one to make. The American Association of Feline Practitioners advocates for comprehensive education of pet owners before this decision is made. Some new cat owners are unaware of what to expect with a new pet cat. However, certain behaviors are normal, while others could be cause for concern. Cats Naturally Love to Scratch For example, scratching is a normal cat behavior. It is used to mark territory, condition the claws, promote nail husking and allow for stretching. If cats are not provided with a designated scratching outlet, they will do so on furniture, walls and floors. However, providing a scratching post, scratching mat, designated cardboard or piece of wood for the cat to scratch will usually minimize unwanted behaviors. Cats should be positively enforced when using these items and reprimanded when scratching items they shouldn’t damage. Cats’ claws should also be trimmed every one to two weeks. There are also synthetic temporary nail caps available that can be affixed to claw tips. Las Vegas Laser Declaw Minimizes Pain & Trauma However, if all other options have been considered and declawing is still desired, the most humane method of feline onychectomy (declawing) is laser declawing. This state-of-the-art surgery minimizes invasiveness, eliminates bleeding and removes most of the swelling and pain associated with past methods of declawing. Stitches and tight bandaging are not required and the cat can return home much sooner than with traditional methods. The following are the top reason pet owners should choose feline laser declaw surgery over past surgical methods of onychectomy: Less Trauma One of the biggest negative aspects of surgical/mechanical declawing was the trauma to the pet both physically and psychologically. Laser declawing greatly reduces the trauma of the procedure. Faster Recovery – Healing times are shortened with Las Vegas laser declaw surgery and cats are able to leave the veterinary office sooner. Little to No Bleeding – Since the laser seals the blood vessels as incisions are made, there is very little blood loss during this procedure. Less Pain – The laser also seals the nerve endings as it cuts, lowering the amount of pain felt after feline laser declaw surgery. Reduced Swelling – The use of the laser means a physical, mechanical object never comes into contact with the tissue. Since the laser does not crush, tear, bruise or cause trauma to tissue, swelling is greatly reduced. By contrast, surgical, mechanical methods of declawing are far more traumatic and invasive to the cat in all of these areas. While any surgical procedure has some risks such as anesthetic complications, infection and other side effects, trauma is greatly reduced with the laser method of feline declawing. Visit Our Las Vegas Animal Hospital If you’ve exhausted all other alternatives and wish to have your cat declawed, laser declawing is your best option. Trust Las Vegas veterinary hospital Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital to treat your pet with kind and gentle care and call us today at 259-9200. We’ll provide appropriate pre- and post-operative procedures to ensure a full and rapid recovery.
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However, if all other options have been considered and declawing is still desired, the most humane method of feline onychectomy (declawing) is laser declawing. This state-of-the-art surgery minimizes invasiveness, eliminates bleeding and removes most of the swelling and pain associated with past methods of declawing. Stitches and tight bandaging are not required and the cat can return home much sooner than with traditional methods. The following are the top reason pet owners should choose feline laser declaw surgery over past surgical methods of onychectomy: Less Trauma One of the biggest negative aspects of surgical/mechanical declawing was the trauma to the pet both physically and psychologically. Laser declawing greatly reduces the trauma of the procedure. Faster Recovery – Healing times are shortened with Las Vegas laser declaw surgery and cats are able to leave the veterinary office sooner. Little to No Bleeding – Since the laser seals the blood vessels as incisions are made, there is very little blood loss during this procedure. Less Pain – The laser also seals the nerve endings as it cuts, lowering the amount of pain felt after feline laser declaw surgery. Reduced Swelling – The use of the laser means a physical, mechanical object never comes into contact with the tissue. Since the laser does not crush, tear, bruise or cause trauma to tissue, swelling is greatly reduced. By contrast, surgical, mechanical methods of declawing are far more traumatic and invasive to the cat in all of these areas. While any surgical procedure has some risks such as anesthetic complications, infection and other side effects, trauma is greatly reduced with the laser method of feline declawing.
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Laser DeclawAlthough cats are generally clean and loving animals, some of the habits they develop can become annoying and sometimes even destructive. Specifically, most cats love to stretch their backs and sharpen their claws on what they consider to be appropriate surfaces. Unfortunately, what they consider to be appropriate often differs from what their human housemates consider appropriate! Keeping nails trimmed short, training your cats to use a scratching post, or the use of “nail caps” are methods which can be used to minimize a cat’s destructiveness. If these methods are unused or ineffective, declawing is an option to consider. If you do decide to declaw, we provide the most comfortable option possible — the surgical laser. The surgical laser significantly reduces the discomfort and recovery time. The procedure is the same; the entire claw is removed. But, the cutting is done with a laser instead of a steel knife blade. The laser cuts with a high-intensity beam of light, so as it cuts it seals the blood vessels. But the main advantage to the patient is that it seals the nerve endings. Instead of open, cut nerve endings after the procedure, the nerve endings are sealed which nearly eliminates pain. Declawing with a laser is a MUCH more humane way to ensure your kitty will remain welcome in your home. Pain management is also addressed in several other ways. An injection of pain medication is given before surgery. After being anesthesized, we utilize a local anesthetic which blocks the pain sensation from travelling up the nerve fibers. Theraputic laser treatment (pain and inflammation therapy through use of low level laser) can be applied before recovery and oral pain medication accompanies each patient home. At ZCVC, we realize the decision to declaw is very personal and depends on the cats and the owners. We typically recommend only front paws, but consider all four, especially if there are elderly human housemates. Of course, declawed cats cannot be allowed outside, since they cannot defend themselves well. To us, the most important thing is for the cat to be able to stay in his loving home! At ZCVC we have been doing the declaw procedure with a surgical laser since 2002. We are proud to be the first veterinary clinic in the area to have a surgical laser, and would be glad to discuss the benefits of laser as well as non-surgical options for your feline companion. If you are considering declawing your cat, please call us for more information or to schedule an appointment. Pet Portal Login

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