Many animal activists will hate this, but for the rest of us that live in the real world... I had my cat declawed to avoid her hurting my family, my other resident cat (that is also declawed on all fours) or destroying my furniture. I had her declawed using the laser technology. She had to stay one night for observation, but came home the next day acting like a kitten! She had no bandages to fuss over and no medicine to have to fight her to take. Dr. Burch placed a time release pain control patch on the back of her neck. Best of all, she came home and was RUNNING (I mean literally, RUNNING) all over the house. Within minutes of getting home, she was playing with all of her toys, my laptop wires, me, my son, etc. I was VERY nervous that she would be in pain after all the things I've ever read about declawing. However, I doubt she had any pain to speak of. The patch came off a week later and she is still acting totally normal. She still makes air bisquits, purrs like mad, jumps, plays with all of her toys, etc. I highly recommend this type of surgery and Dr. Burch performing it if you choose to do so. \r
PS: it is a bit more pricey to have the laser declaw, but well worth the extra few bucks. \r
Dr. Wilder is our primary vet (and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE us some Dr. Wilder). However, he did not perform the laser surgery, we had Dr. Burch perform it. Beyond the vet care we receive which is top notch, I could not sign off without giving kudos to the staff. Each and every time I bring my any of my four cats in, the staff is very friendly and fun. They are always attentive, interested and treat me like family.\r
I will continue to recommend the clinic to my friends and family. I also hope more people that are going to declaw their cat use this technology. I believe it is much easier on your pet than other declaw methods of the past.
Pros: Early morning drop offs and later pick ups, open on Saturday without appt.
Cons: None to speak of with the laser technology