For a major event in your pet’s life, you want to give them the best!!
When you choose the surgical laser, the therapy laser is applied post-operatively to further minimize pain and speeds healing at no extra cost to you! Traditional surgery with a scalpel or scissors can bruise or crush tissue. When we use the laser, only an intense beam of laser light touches your pet, which minimizes the pain, swelling, and bleeding often associated with surgery.
The laser has the unique ability to vaporize or “erase” tissue. The laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to erase unhealthy tissue. The laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. The laser seals nerve endings, so patients are much more comfortable after surgery. Not only does the laser kill any bacteria in its bath, it also seals the lymphatics, so there is much less swelling post-operatively.
We are proud to be one of the first veterinary hospitals to provide the many advantages of laser technology to our patients. Now your pet can benefit from the same properties of a laser than human patients have experienced for over twenty years: less pain, swelling, and discomfort after surgery, and the ability to resume normal activities sooner. Our practice has made this substantial investment in order to offer you the best possible healthcare for your pet.
A laser can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on cats, dogs, birds and other animals. It is also the ONLY option we offer for cat de-claws.
Declawing ~ Surgical Laser ONLY (no options for this procedure)
Scratching with the front claws is normal, instinctive behaviour for cats. The purpose of this activity is to remove old, worn fragments of the nails, keeping them sharp. Although scratching is normal for cats, this behaviour can be destructive and costly in the home. For many cat owners, declawing is the only solution. A declawed cat should be confined indoors because the claws are its primary means of defense. A house cat has little need for defense and is a more suitable pet because it can no longer ruin furnishings or scratch people.
Surgical Procedure ~ The operation is performed under general anesthesia and consists of surgical removal of the nail and attached bone. The tiny incisions are closed with dissolving sutures or tissue glue. The paws are then bandaged and recovery is generally uneventful. Your cat will stay in the hospital for one night so we can monitor his/her recovery and keep him/her calm and confined and administer appropriate analgesics to ensure they remain pain free.
Home Care After the Surgery ~ Activity: Your cat should be kept as quiet as possible for 4-5 days after the surgery. If possible, he/she should be confined to a small area at night or when you are away for long periods of time during the day. It is also important to keep your cat from jumping for several days to allow the paws to heal. Bleeding: Occasionally a cat breaks open one of the small scabs where the nail was removed. A small amount of spotting may occur, if this seems excessive or if bleeding persists call us.
Litter box: Your cat will need to use a special litter made of compressed newspaper, which can be purchased here. This should be used for 5-10 days while the paws heal.