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At Fairview Hospital for Animals, our Decatur veterinarians have a state of the art surgical suite for all routine and emergency cat and dog surgeries. If you are looking for a place to get your indoor cat declawed, we can perform this routine surgery and provide all follow-up care.
Declawing removes the claw from each of your cat's toes by surgically removing the third knuckle and bone, from which the claw grows. If the procedure is not properly performed, the claw can actually grow back. Declawing a cat will not change its personality. It can help you control unwanted behaviors, like scratching.
When you are looking for a vet to declaw your cat, it is important to choose someone who understands the right way to do the procedure. This means removing enough of the claw so it won't grow back, but also managing your pet's pain during and after the surgery to prevent suffering. If you don't chose a reputable vet for this, your cat could suffer and their claws could grow back after the procedure.
Our veterinarian recommends declawing in cases where a cat cannot be trained using behavior modification not to claw things and people. Declawing can have benefits for you: If you are on a blood thinner medication and a cat scratch would compromise your health, declawing can protect you. Pets who scratch furniture but are otherwise loving animals may be given up without declawing, so we believe that it prevents animal abandonment in certain cases.
Declawing is always a case by case situation, so if you are exploring the issue but aren't ready to make a decision, talk to our vet in Decatur. Declawing is only safe for indoor cats; cats kept outdoors can no longer defend themselves from threats if they have been declawed.
When declawing cats, our Decatur veterinarian uses anesthesia through a drip IV. Declawing would be painful and inhumane otherwise. One of our experienced vet techs is on hand to monitor the anesthesia IV during the procedure, administering more medication if we feel it is necessary.
After a declawing, we will clean and bandage the incision site and administer a nerve blocking medication to manage your pet's pain. We will prepare after care instructions for you and package oral pain medication, which you can administer until your cat recovers. Recovery time varies by cats and the specific method used, but pets heal within one to three weeks.
While your cat recovers, you will administer the medication and keep watch for any signs of infection. The paw pad cannot be sterilized to prevent infection. If you see signs of infection, such as redness or oozing, call us up and arrange to have your cat's paw pads checked out.
Fairview Hospital for Animals is accepting new patients. To learn more about declawing or schedule a declawing surgery for your pet, we invite you to call us at 217-428-7709.
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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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