themselves against other animals.† We remove the front claws only so that should the cat escape it still has some protection and climbing ability.† This procedure is best done in cats under one year of age.† The smaller the cat, the faster the recovery.† It can be done as early as four months of age if the kitten is destructive enough to make waiting until six months a problem.† Most kittens recover quickly from the declaw with no ill effects.† We generally will not declaw cats over six years of age.
†††††††††††† †††††††††††† Generally we ask that animals scheduled for surgery be dropped off between 9:30 and 10:30 AM.† Your pet should not be fed after 8:00 PM the night prior to surgery.† Surgeries are usually performed between noon and 3:00 PM, barring emergencies.† We suggest that you telephone around 3:00 to check on your petís progress.† Most will go home late that afternoon; however all animals recover from anesthesia at different rates and occasionally the doctor may feel it is necessary to keep them overnight to monitor their recovery.† We reserve the right not to release an animal until we feel it is sufficiently recovered from anesthesia.† Cats who are being declawed stay in the hospital overnight.† We remove their bandages the following morning and observe for bleeding for a short while.† In general they may go home anytime after noon (or just before noon on Saturdays).
†††††††††††† Mornings are often a busy time in our practice, so your patience while dropping your pet off is appreciated.† You will need to allow time when dropping off to fill out our surgical release form (usually about five minutes-if you prefer you can download and fill it out in advance from our links page).† You will be asked at that time if you would like us to perform a pre-operative blood test on your pet.† This is to identify potential problems, which may affect the animalís ability to handle the anesthesia that may not show up on a routine physical exam.† This test is strongly recommended for the safety of your pet, but not required.† Cost is not included in the total cost of the surgery.† We require that all pets be current on vaccines in order to be admitted to the hospital.† Cats must have the FVRCP, if given in a kitten series the last vaccine must have been given when the pet was at least 15 weeks of age.† A rabies vaccine is also required.† If your pet has been vaccinated by another animal clinic, you must provide either written proof at the time you drop your pet off, or we must be able to confirm with a local telephone call.† Cats vaccinated by the owner are not considered protected for legal purposes, and must be revaccinated at our clinic.† The owner is responsible for the cost of all vaccines.† These policies are in place in order to protect your pet, our other patients, and our staff and own clinic animals.
†††††††††††† If your pet has an undescended testicle or other complicating factors, there may be additional charges you are responsible for.† Cost of the pre-surgical bloodwork, IV catheter and fluids and any vaccinations that your pet may require to be in the hospital are not included in the price of the surgery.† For certificates towards the surgery from various shelters, we will be happy to sign the certificate but the owner is responsible for submitting it to the organization for reimbursement.† The exception is our local county shelters (Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Hamilton) with whom we have a billing relationship;† any certificates from these shelters will be honored at face value and we will submit them directly for you (you will be responsible for the remainder of the charges over and above the amount of the certificate, and this must be paid at the time the services are performed).† Certificates MUST be presented when the pet is dropped off for surgery.
†††††††††††† Please let our office know if you have any questions or concerns regarding our procedures!