The Complete Pet Animal Hospital
5135 N Dysart Road Suite 4
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Phone: (623) 935-9632
Fax: (623) 9359764
E-mail: Info@thecompletepetanimalhospital.com

Declawing:

While we do offer declawing services for the front 2 paws, we recommend that it be done only if absolutely necessary.  Here is some information regarding declawing:

The procedure is not like a spay or neuter.  There is no health benefit to having your pet declawed.  We do, however, recommend considering having your pet declawed in the case of individuals with compromised immune systems or illnesses that cause them to be unusually susceptible to serious infections.  People in the household who are taking blood thinners should also consider having their cat declawed. This would be the only circumstance in which we would remove the claws on all 4 paws.

If you elect to have your cat declawed, we HIGHLY recommend to keep them inside only.  The last thing that we want is your cat to be outside and unable to defend themselves against dogs, cats, and other things because they have been declawed. 

Declawing, or onchyectomy, is the amputation of the last digital bone, including the nail bed and claw, on each front toe. If the surgery is performed correctly and the entire nail bed is removed, the claw cannot re-grow, and the procedure is considered a permanent solution. The surgery involves the risk of anesthetization, excessive bleeding and postoperative complications, including infection, and is accompanied by severe pain that may last from several days to much longer unless appropriate analgesia is provided. Post-operative care and the length of time the cat must remain in the veterinary hospital depend on the patientís needs. We require any cat that has been declawed to stay at least one night at the hospital so that we can monitor healing and pain. 

There are many things that can be done if your cat is scratching furniture such as scratching posts, nail caps, and frequent nail trims. 
5135 N. Dysart Rd., Suite 4 Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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(623) 935-9632
Clinic Hours
Moday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8 am- 2 pm
Thursday: 8 am- 5:50 pm
Friday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8 am- Noon
Alternatives to Declawing:

There are a few alternatives to declawing your kitty:

Scratching post:  Scratching posts offer a way for cats to fill that need to scratch.  Some cats prefer horizontal over vertical, and vise-versa, so when trying this out for the first time, it might be best to get one of each to determine which style your kitty likes more.  Treats, catnip, and Feliway can attract the cat to the scratching post. 

Nail Trims: Frequent nail trims will keep your cat's nails short and are usually adequate in preventing damage to furniture. 

Nail Caps: If scratching posts and frequent nails trims don't seem to be doing to trick in keeping your cat from scratching furniture, nail caps can be tried.  Nail caps will not work for every cat, as some will not tolerate them on their nails.  There is also a choking hazard and a danger of swallowing the cap itself.  For more information on nail caps, visit the Soft Paws website.