The Benefits of Laser Declawing Procedures
A cat is going to claw! If the choice is putting your cat in the yard or declawing, we prefer to declaw. We have laser surgery equipment, which is growing in popularity. It's important to know that the laser equipment is pricey. Most vets have to pay upwards of $40,000 for the laser machine, so the cost of the cat declawing with a laser may be higher than non-laser. However, the benefits and safety is so much better, that the added cost is worthwhile.
During a laser surgery, a laser is used to sever the tendons and ligaments before removing the entire bone. There is no risk of the nail regrowing in the future. Although it is rare, using the old clipper way of declawing, the nail could grow back, into the pad, causing discomfort and foot issues.
Benefits to laser surgery for declawing a cat are numerous. First, the laser cauterizes the incision during each “cut” so there is no bleeding and no need for bandages after the surgery is complete. Swelling is minimal with a laser surgery.
Studies find that cats that have been declawed using lasers recover more quickly and seem to experience less pain. This is because the laser also seals the nerve endings during the procedure. With the old way of surgery, the cats paws had to be bandaged and wrapped with gauze, tape and Vet Wrap, When a cat woke up with that contraption on his paws, he would go ballistic, racing around the cage and flinging his paws, trying to remove the wrappings! With cold laser surgery, there is NO reason to wrap the paws at all. Most cats wake up in great good humor, as if nothing happened.
Because the wound is cauterized, you don't need to force your cat to acclimate to a different kitty litter during recovery. We prefer to err on the side of safety, so we advise that you use "Yesterday's News" for a minimum of two weeks after surgery.
With Resco clipper and disarticulation methods, cats often require a week to heal and get back to their normal routines. Cats that have been declawed using a laser are usually up and about the very next day. We include one to two nights of hospitalization, depending upon your cats weight and recovery, in order to prevent jumping. Usually by that time, there are no problems, but we advise that you try to prevent your kitty from jumping for a minimum of a week and preferably two weeks. A large dog crate or a bathroom is a good place to let him recover.
We also require and provide * "Cold Laser Therapy" after a declaw to further reduce paid and inflammation. This cost is included in our estimate to you for your declaw. *See our article on CLT.
We require a kitten to be weigh a minimum of four pounds and therefore suggest a de-claw with a spay or neuter, between 4-6 months of age, prior to a females first heat.