Everything You Need to Know About Laser Declawing
More and more, people are turning toward lasers for surgical procedures. However, this trend isn’t just for humans! Today, we also use lasers on cats for declawing purposes. Read on to learn why people typically have their cats declawed, what occurs during traditional declawing, and why laser declawing is safer and more humane than the traditional method of declawing that more people are familiar with.
Why Do People Have Cats Declawed?
There are a few different reasons people might seek to have their cat declawed, including:
- Medical Issues Affecting the Claw – Sometimes a claw may need to be removed, for instance, if it’s damaged or has a tumor that requires removal.
- Human Medical Issues – There are some people who definitely shouldn’t be exposed to the bacteria on cats’ claws for health reasons. This includes those with compromised immune systems, as well as elderly individuals on blood thinner medications.
- Household Destruction – Most commonly, people choose to have cats declawed, because they’re ruining furniture with their scratching.
What Occurs During Traditional Declawing?
During traditional declawing, a veterinarian surgically removes the last toe of cats’ paws. Afterward, the wound is closed with surgical glue or stitches, before the paws are bandaged up.
How Is Laser Declawing Different from Traditional Declawing?
During laser declawing, the last toe of the paw is still removed. However, because the laser cauterizes the incision, there’s no bleeding or need to bandage the paw afterward. There’s also minimal swelling.
Studies have shown that this method is less painful because the nerve endings are sealed during the cauterization procedure. Additionally, cats aren’t required to use a special litter box afterward, because there’s no risk of infection from laser declawing.
Plus, laser declawing has fewer risks of complications and the recovery time from the procedure is much faster. Whereas traditional declawing may require a week of recovery time, you can expect just about a day of recovery after having your cat laser declawed. Additionally, laser declawing cuts down on post-op pain which is a high priority among our pet parents.
Furthermore, unlike with traditional declawing, there’s no risk of claws growing back, necessitating the need for a second surgery.
For all these reasons, laser declawing is light years ahead of traditional declawing. It should be considered the method of choice if you’re frustrated with declawing alternatives, like scratching posts, well-trimmed nails, and vinyl nail caps.
Does Beechwold Veterinary Hospital Offer Both Methods of Declawing?
At Beechwold Vet, we’ve found laser declawing to be much less painful and to offer a quicker recovery time. For these reasons, we feel that laser declawing is vastly superior to the traditional declawing method. As a result, we no longer provide traditional declawing and rely solely on lasers for the declawing procedure.
How Can I Schedule a Laser Declawing Appointment at Beechwold Vet?
It’s easy to set up your laser declawing appointment. Just contact us. We’re located at 4590 Indianola Avenue, and we offer weekend and evening appointments for your convenience.