Laser surgery is commonly used in human surgery, its beneficial effects have been proven and in our hospital animals benefit from this technology.
The laser technique is based on using an intense beam of light, channeled with extreme precision that can vaporize tissue water, cutting very small quantities of material at a time. The laser energy seals nerve endings and blood vessels, resulting in less bleeding, less pain and less trauma to the adjacent tissue in comparison to a traditional incision blade. Finally, the high temperature generated by the jet destroys bacteria that could end up at the incision site, which greatly reduces the risk of infection.
The laser technique is used for several surgeries, including sterilization of males and females, removal of nodules or skin and mouth masses, correcting entropions, removal of the anal glands, sailing resection of the palate and many other surgeries.
The reduced time of anesthesia, significant decrease in recovery time and the reduced post-surgical complications makes this technique greatly encouraged by our staff.
*** We have decided to say NO to declawing ***
Since we believe that there is sufficient alternative to declawing and that this surgery is not without consequence, we no longer perform this surgery in our establishment. We will always listen to our customers, and will be available to advise you to the best of our ability.
You should know that this surgery, which is called onyxectomy in the veterinary field, is in fact a phalangectomy. As the name suggests, it is an amputation of the third phalanx of each finger of the animal. Although we cannot compare two different animal species in their physiognomy, we could say that it is the equivalent of having our fingertips amputated at the joint below the fingernails. And regardless of the surgical instrument used (scalpel or laser), the result and the consequences are the same.
Alternatives to declawing:
The location of the scratching post:
The cat uses the claw post to mark its territory, so it is important to put it in a frequented area. Indeed, what visibility would a “private land” sign have if it were installed at the back of your property? The same goes for a scratching post located in a dark, uncrowded corner of the house. The corner of your sofa, on the other hand, is probably located at the entrance to your cat's territory. The scratching post must therefore be moved so that it is where your cat wants to stick its territorial sign, which is in front of the corner of the couch.
The right scratching post:
Here's how to select the best scratching post
The post should be very stable so that it does not fall as soon as the cat puts a paw on it. In addition, the base should be wide enough to provide good stability when a cat climbs on it. A 24 inch base is ideal.
The post should be high enough so that the cat can stretch out to its full length to reposition its spine. A post that is 36 inches high and 4 inches wide is ideal.
The post should be covered with material with a texture the cat likes. Each feline has its preferences, whether it is carpet, rope, cardboard or wood, they are all excellent materials. The easiest to use is the rope, as you just have to wrap it around the post from top to bottom.
Some cats also like to claw on a horizontal support such as a rope mat.
Cat trees make great scratching posts because they meet all of the above criteria. In addition, they are a great investment, as they also meet other essential needs in cats.
Another way to avoid unwanted scratches is to wear nail guards, such as "Soft Paws". These are small plastic envelopes, sometimes colored, that are placed on the claws of the cat previously cut. They generally remain in place for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Very effective, these nail protectors ensure the integrity of the furniture as well as your arms and legs
Wearing claw guards requires regular claw maintenance on the part of the owner. Most veterinary establishments offer the service of fitting nail covers.
This is the cheapest solution and is the go-to solution for reducing unwanted scratching. Despite everything, we should still find a scratching post in your house, because the cat needs to stretch!
We invite you to consult the website of the Educator which served as our source in the development of this article and which is a reference in the field of feline behavior.