What's involved with a declaw at Windmill Animal Hospital?
Your cat may be declawed at Windmill Animal Hospital if it is at least 3 months of age, weighs at least 3 pounds, has tested negative for internal parasites and for Feline Leukemia and Feline A.I.D.S., and has had at least two sets of kittenhood vaccinations. If your pet has not been tested for internal parasites and Feline Leukemia/Feline A.I.D.S., these tests can be safely and easily performed the morning of the day your pet's declaw procedure is scheduled. Your pet will receive a thorough physical examination by the Windmill doctor performing his surgery, then a light pre-anesthetic sedative will be administered. Next, using the safest anesthesia available, your pet will be anesthetized; a veterinary technician is assigned specifically to your pet, to monitor vital signs, safety and comfort until your pet regains consciousness. After prepping your cat's forepaws for surgery, a local anesthetic block is administered, to ensure no pain is felt once the pet recovers from the general anesthetic. Light bandages are applied to prevent any swelling post-op, and an anti-pain injection is administered, as well as an antibiotic injection. Oral antibiotics, oral anti-pain medicine, and special kitty litter are dispensed when your pet goes home after an overnight stay. There are no sutures to remove.