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 (702) 259-9200. We’ll provide appropriate pre- and post-operative procedures to ensure a full and rapid recovery.