Laser Declaw​​​​​​​ in Johns Creek, GA

laser declaw for pets

Pets claws are not dissimilar to human nails and one of the overriding instincts of any mammal with claws is to scratch. You probably have noticed your furbaby itching and scratching at their body, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad. Too many animals, it simply feels good. However, their scratching isn’t necessarily limited to their own bodies. Unfortunately, many animals will also scratch hard furniture and soft furnishings, causing damage and making owners very frustrated with the behavior. Their claws, which are very sharp, also pose a risk to people living in your home and visitors as whilst your pet might not be aggressive, it is easy for them to accidentally catch skin or clothing with them.

If you aren’t happy with the damage that your pet’s claws are causing, you may wish to consider a procedure known as declawing. This is specifically designed for cats only – there is no surgical procedure for the removal of dog claws, and it is deemed wholly unnecessary. We now offer laser declawing here at our animal hospital in Johns Creek, GA.

What is Declawing?

Declawing is an elective procedure that involves the removal of the last bone of each toe in your cat, in order to fully remove their claws. This amputation is necessary because unlike human nails, cat claws are attached to the last bone in their toes. In the past, this procedure could only be performed surgically. Fortunately, advances in veterinary medicine mean that it is now possible to use a more advanced technique – laser declaw. Laser declawing involves the use of laser technology to remove the third bone of your cat’s paws. The procedure is carried out under general anesthetic so that your feline friend isn’t anxious or aware of what is happening, and usually takes less than 45 minutes.

You will need to wait for your cat to come around from the general anesthetic before you can take them home. In most instances, cats who undergo laser declaw can make a recovery in just a few days, provided you follow the post-surgical instructions provided by our expert team.

Benefits of Laser Declaw

There are a number of benefits to choosing laser technology to declaw your cat. These include:

  • Greater accuracy and precision in carrying out the procedure itself.

  • No risk of human error.

  • Minimal risk of infection since the laser used to perform the declaw is sterile and cauterizes the wound as well as being used to remove the bone itself.

  • The laser also cauterizes the nerve endings, minimizing pain.

  • Less bleeding during surgery.

  • Minimal swelling after the procedure.

  • Faster and smoother process.

  • Less post-surgical pain for your pet.

  • As faster, more straightforward and low-risk recovery.

Another distinct benefit of laser declaw is that there is no risk of the claw growing back and your cat requiring a second surgery.

Although laser declaw is usually more expensive than conventional surgery, the benefits of this modern treatment make it a preferred option for compassionate and responsible pet owners who want to make the process as safe as possible. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Bridge Park Animal Hospital in Johns Creek, GA today.