By Ruth aka Kattaddorra
This came as a Google Alert...."My 5 month old kittens were just fixed and declawed on Tuesday.
I got them back on Wednesday. The male is almost completely back to normal already - you wouldn’t even know he had it done (other than a lot of meowing which he seems to have a bit of separation anxiety).
My female, however, has not come back to being herself at all. She has done little than sleep in 3 days and is favoring one of her paws. When I try to check her paws she cries when I look at that left paw and pulls it away.
It’s obviously hurting her. I don’t see any bleeding, redness or infection. Will this get better or do I need to get her to the vet ASAP? And if not, then when do I need to take her to the vet? Thank you!"
...Needless to say all our comments were removed apart from this one from a vet tech:
'In our clinic we keep our declaws for three days and they receive heavy pain medication and anti inflammatory during this time.
I would suggest having her seen asap this baby needs pain medication if nothing else she also needs to have this paw looked and she may need to be sedated to have it looked at it is possible she is developing an infection that you can not see."
...So for all this person knows how painful declawing is she continues to work in a clinic where it is obviously commonplace.
THREE days on heavy pain medication says to me how excruciating the pain from declawing must be.
An addition from the asker revealed that those kittens had been given NO pain medication.
5 month old kittens being declawed is hardly the last resort procedure it's supposed to be!
The clinic probably pushed a neuter/declaw package deal. The male a lot of meowing put down to separation anxiety, no thought that he was in pain and shock too!
The female very obviously in serious pain and trouble with one paw. The vet tech giving advice as if this was necessary surgery performed.
How can this be right?