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Laser Declawing Makes Declawing Safe and Humane

Cat declawing is a hotly debated topic among scientists and cat owners. Scratching can be a real problem with felines. They may use scratching to “mark their territory” (aka: ruin the new couch). Alternatively, they can scratch their owners while they are playing. While it may seem good-natured to them, a bleeding scratch on the arm is not a joking matter to the cat’s owners. To these pet owners, declawing might seem like an excellent option and may even make it easier for them to bond with their cats. However, other people consider cat declawing to be cruel and unethical. They say that it causes a cat unnecessary pain, throws off their balance, and robs them of their only natural defense against predators. While it is true that declawing takes away a defense mechanism, this is only a problem for outdoor cats. If you are careful to keep your cat indoors, the lack of claws should not prove to be a threat. Additionally, with rare, individual exceptions, scientists have yet to find that declawing causes any serious or long-term damage to a cat. Felines are usually up and about after two days of recovery.

Of course, as a pet owner, you don’t want to cause your cat unnecessary pain. Though traditional declawing does have a very brief recovery time, there is some pain involved. Because of this, many Weatherford veterinarians and cat owners are turning to laser declawing as a more humane, pain-free alternative. As you may know, a cat has three bones in each of its toes, and the claw is a part of the last bone, or the distal phalanx. Declawing involves removing this last bone at the joint. The veterinarian will then close up the incision using sutures or surgical tape. In the past, this procedure was always done using a surgical blade or scalpel. Recently, however, laser declawing has grown in popularity. Laser declawing has been available in veterinary schools for quite some time, but only recently has it become affordable and widely available in private veterinary clinics in areas like Weatherford. The procedure works just like regular declawing, except a high-powered laser beam is used in place of a metal blade. (You can think of the procedure in the same way that you think of laser surgery for human beings.) The laser seals up blood vessels and nerve endings as it works, and veterinarians assure cat owners that laser declawing results in less bleeding, both during and after the procedure. It is also a less painful procedure for the cat, and often, there is no need for bandages after the surgery.

Because laser declawing in the Weatherford area is relatively new, you will want to make sure you choose a veterinarian who is experienced with and knowledgeable about the procedure. With a skilled doctor and the latest technology, declawing does not have to be an issue that you feel guilty about. Laser declawing is safe, effective, and humane.

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Parker County Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital in Weatherford, TX offering a wide range of laser surgery, including laser declawing, spay and neuter, ear trims, removal of polyps and growths, tumor removal, and more. Led by Dr. Patrick Jarrett, DVM, Parker County Veterinary Hospital is Weatherford’s premiere animal care clinic. Dr. Jarrett is a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary College with 35 years in practice and a commitment to providing patients with the latest in veterinary care. Though Dr. Jarrett has a wealth of experience with animals of all types and sizes, his current practice focuses on the care of small animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet mice and rats, and gerbils. To learn more about Parker County Veterinary Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, call 817.596.0909 or visit

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Following the dream of owning his own hospital, Dr. Pat Jarrett purchased the Parker County Veterinary Hospital in 1985. Originally, it was a mixed practice that included all animals. He used to say, “If it walks, crawls, flies or dies, I’ll treat it!” Horse colic’s at 2am, trimming parakeet wings, gluing the cracked shell on a turtle, delivering a two headed calf, midnight c-sections on a 100# female Irish Setter, turning down a request to declaw an African lioness, x-raying a pregnant Iguana, bone platting the fractured leg of a potbelly pig, and removing a rubber ball from a cat’s intestine are just some of the general practice challenges that occurred. Giving in to age and knee problems, Dr. Jarrett limited services to small animals since 1991. His hospital provides veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, pet mice/rats, and gerbils.

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