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Declawing FAQ's

Declawing FAQ's from Your Laguna Hills Veterinarian

Trinity Pet Hospital provides comprehensive pet care for many of your pet's needs. When you visit your animal hospital in Laguna Hills, we offer you guidance and advice for many of your pet's needs so please feel free to ask us as many questions as you need to. Our team works with you so you can make the best decisions for your pets and this includes for dog and cat declawing. Here are some frequently asked questions we've received.

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What Is Declawing?

Declawing is a process of removing the claws from your pet's feet. This is a very personal decision to make, but if it is necessary to balance your family's needs with your pet, you can depend on us to provide comprehensive service. Keep in mind, it is a permanent decision and there is no way to reverse it. The claws will not grow back which also means that cats, in particular, cannot go outside since claws are a cat's primary line of defense in the outdoors.

What Can I Do to Stop Scratching?

It is natural for pets to scratch. Cats especially need to dig their claws into surfaces to keep their claws trimmed. However, when this happens to your furniture or your carpeting, you may become determined to find a solution. Bring your pet in so we can provide a physical to ensure your pet is safe and healthy. We also recommend using scratching pads and posts as the first line of defense. It is not a good idea to declaw a cat immediately without taking steps to prevent this need first.

Is Declawing Painful?

Unfortunately, this is a painful procedure for your pets and we do everything we can to minimize this. This includes providing your pet with pre-surgical pain relief and post-surgical pain relief as necessary. We do use a local anesthesia during the procedure but is also important to give your pet the ability to heal in a restful environment.

Will a Cat Act Differently After Declawing?

It's important to know that removing claws does not cause a temperament change in your pet. They will still scratch, though it can no longer cause the same damage. Declawing them will not change their other aggressive behaviors and does not increase aggression, biting, or other behavior problems either.

What Happens During the Procedure?

When your pet comes in for the surgical procedure, which is a type of amputation, they will be placed under general anesthesia. During this procedure, we will amputate the last part of the toe which is like having your fingertips removed. They will also need to stretch the cats existing skin over the bottom of the exposed bone. Therefore, your pet will need to spend the night with us to fully recover.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Veterinarian in Laguna Hills

To learn more about declawing, contact your veterinarian in Laguna Hills at Trinity Pet Hospital at 949-232-1788. We will schedule an exam to ensure your pet is healthy enough for this procedure.

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