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 wellness of pets in mind.
Our veterinarians perform a surgical onychectomy (declaw procedure) if they believe that a cat cannot be trained to refrain from using its claws destructively in the home, or poses a danger to family members. Unfortunately, not all cats are amenable to behavior modification and we believe that this surgical procedure will result in fewer cats being abandoned or euthanized. Once declawed, it is strongly recommended that your cat live indoors exclusively since the ability to defend him/herself will be reduced.
Feline onychectomy should be performed only with the medically appropriate use of anesthetics and analgesics, and adherence to careful surgical and post-surgical protocols. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to question the type of anesthetic used, the type of pain management provided, and the monitoring equipment and procedures followed. We use several monitoring devices during your pet’s anesthesia and a veterinary technician continually assesses your pet’s vital signs during the procedure and stays with your kitty while waking to ensure a smooth, stress-free recovery.
Our declaw patients receive multiple injectable pain medications before and after the procedure, including a long-acting pain medication, as well as go home with oral anti-inflammatory medication, antibiotics, and special kitty litter to reduce risk of post-operative complications. Your kitty will be bandaged after surgery and stay with us overnight so that we can be sure he or she is comfortable after removal of the bandages in the morning, when we will also assess the surgical sites before being discharged. It is very common to see these kitties pawing playfully through the kennel door following this surgery and many even need sedatives to use while they heal because they are quick to want to return to their normal behaviors and activity levels.
Please see the information sheet in the documents section of our web site for what is included, add-on services, and pricing.