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Laser De-clawing and Home Care Instructions

The Superpulse C02 Surgical Laser offers the safest, least painful method of de-clawing a cat available today. While most veterinarians simply cut off the claw and a portion of the bone to which it is attached with a “sterilized” toenail clipper, at the American Animal Care Center we perform a complete surgical Laser Onychectomy. This means that there can never be any painful re-growth of nail tissue because the entire claw and attached, non weight-bearing, bone are surgically removed. Since the laser seals the blood vessels and nerves the cat quickly returns to normal activity, usually within one to three weeks following surgery. The Laser makes this a virtually bloodless operation!

Everything possible is done to insure that this is as safe and “Pain-Free” as possible. Your cat will receive:
 
  • A complete physical examination
  • Pre-Operative Blood Panel at extra charge to ensure your cat is healthy. Included are multiple Kidney and Liver tests, Proteins, Electrolytes, Red Cell Count, White Cell Count, Hematocrit, and Platelet Count and Blood Glucose Level
  • Full general gas anesthesia via endotracheal tube with the latest generation (and safest!) anesthetic agents available (Isoflurane / Sevoflurane)
  • Heart and lung function monitoring (Pulse Oximetry, EKG Monitoring).
  • IV catheter and supplemental fluids – pre and post surgery
  • “Nerve Blocks” if needed prior to surgery
  • Unlimited post-op pain medication based on patient needs
  • Advanced, state-of-the-art, “Tissue Adhesive” closure to completely seal the de-clawed toes
  • Go home pain medication to insure a comfortable recovery
 
 
Surgical de-clawing should be reserved for indoor cats and should be considered only after all other attempts to train your cat have failed. I personally feel that the Laser De-Claw is far less traumatic to your cat than constantly yelling, squirting, and chasing your cat every time he or she goes for the furnishings! Following surgery cats will still claw at furniture. The only difference is they won’t be able to destroy it!
 
Declaw done by most other hospitals:
  • Done with nail clippers (cuts through the bone)
  • Entire bone is not removed so the claw could grow back
  • Tourniquets used to control bleeding
  • Pressure bandages needed to control bleeding
  • Pain control??
Declaw done with the laser:
  • Laser used to dissect out the bone (impossible for claw to grow back)
  • Laser seals blood vessels so no need for tourniquets
  • Only light bandages used because of very little bleeding
  • Laser seals nerve endings therefore making procedure less painful
  • Pain medication before, during, and after surgical procedure
  • Nerve blocks to numb feet (even while under general anesthesia) prevents pain later
  • Faster healing than traditional declaw
 
DECLAW POST OPERATIVE HOME CARE:
 
  1. Exercise: Restrict your cat's activity for the next 4 weeks. Discourage your cat from aggressive activity and jumping. If your cat had Laser Declaw you will notice a quicker healing period with less complications.
  2. Cats have a natural tendency to lick their paws after surgery. Excessive licking can be harmful and can lead to infection. Therefore, please keep Elizabethan collar on at ALL times for at least two weeks. This will greatly minimize complications.
  3. Litter Box: Replace the normal granular clay litter with torn strips of newspaper for two weeks. If your cat doesn't find this appealing, place a thin layer of litter underneath the torn strips of newspaper. This paper can also be available commercially from our office.
  4. Having a hard time confining your pet??? If tough love is not for you, or if your pet is extremely active, we recommend hospitalization for your pet. The time away from bookcases, high shelves, and comfy beds will allow your feline the rest that he/she deserves and needs.
  5. What's that "string" on the paws? Your pet may have stitches that are dissolvable. We rarely remove them because it causes more trauma to remove them then to just let them fall out on there own...so don't worry in time they will fall out.
  6. Notify the hospital if any of the following occur:
    a) Your cat's feet appear swollen or bleed frequently
    b) Your pet is reluctant to walk.
    c) There is a change in your cat's general health or behavior.
    d) Your pet is acting sick: vomiting, diarrhea, inappetence, or any other major symptom.
Good luck and call if any questions arise!
 
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