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Posted on 06-16-2017
At Fairview Hospital for Animals, our veterinarian in Decatur is committed to providing the best standard of care with each service we offer, including our cat declawing services. If your cat has been engaging in undesirable behavior, such as clawing at you or scratching your furniture, then you may be considering having this procedure done by our vet.
It is important for cat owners to understand how cat declawing is done. Rather than removing just the claw itself, it is necessary to surgically amputate the final joint of each toe. This ensures that the claws cannot grow back. In our office, the procedure is done under general anesthesia, and our vet will carefully bandage your cat's paws after the surgery, as well as provide any post-operative medications to help reduce your cat's pain and discomfort levels while healing.
Having your cat declawed as a major decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Still, there are many situations where declawing may be considered. For example, for cat owners who are on blood thinners, having a cat with scratching tendencies can be downright dangerous to the owner's health. Therefore, if all other avenues to keep the cat from scratching have been unsuccessfully exhausted, declawing may be the only option left, aside from surrendering the cat to a shelter. Declawing can also protect furniture and other items in the home for cats who refuse to limit their scratching to designated cat furniture and scratching posts.
Before you decide to have your cat declawed, however, it is recommended that you exhaust all other options. This includes applying latex tips to your cat's nails, having your cat's nails trimmed regularly, and using special furniture protectors and sprays to discourage unwanted scratching by your cat.
If you have tried alternatives to declawing but have been unsuccessful, consider contacting our animal hospital today to find out more about our declawing options. You can reach Fairview Hospital for Animals by calling (217) 428-7709. We would be happy to provide additional advice and guidance.
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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