Most cats do very well when declawed using a laser and you should know the following:
1. Laser surgery reduces pain not healing time. Pain reduction is approximately 75%
2. The toes are sutured closed and packed with antibiotic/cortisone ointment then bandaged for 24 hours
4. The cat is discharged 48 hours after surgery without bandages.* Use shredded newspaper or Yesterdays News which we offer as liter for 1 week. Keeping the feet bandaged can be done but delays healing by several days.
5. The cat SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN JUMP AND PLAY FOR 7-14 MORE DAYS.
This will break the sutures in the toes and the cat may bleed profusely
6. If this occurs bandage the feet lightly, place the cat in a confined area or preferably a cage and bring the cat in the next day for anesthesia and re-suturing. Some cats will attempt to chew out the sutures in the toes.
7. There is a charge for anesthesia and re-suturing of the toes ($75 or more)
8. The sutures in the toes are dissolvable and do not need to be removed.
9. Report swollen toes and any signs of pus or limping after 2 wks.
Estimate of cost: $281.75—–for cats 4 mo.—7 yrs
$388.75—–for cats 8yrs and up
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND Pre-anesthetic blood work and an Elizabethan collar to reduce anesthetic and post op complications.
OPTIONAL MEDICAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Please initial if you Decline
$71.00—Blood Profile #2—Checks for Anemia, Clotting, and Organ function———I Decline—–Initials: ______
(note: this is not optional for cats 8 yrs and older)
$19.50—Elizabethan Collar—Prevents chewing of toes and sutures———————– I Decline—–Initials: ______