Idea Exchange: Quicker, cleaner, and easier declaws

Nov 01, 2006
By staff

When I perform a feline onychectomy, after the tourniquet is loosely placed on the proximal part of the limb, I squeeze the paw with one hand and milk the rest of the limb toward the body several times before the technician tightens the tourniquet. Less blood at the surgical site results in a quicker, a cleaner, and an easier procedure; allows the surgical glue to adhere better; and helps prevent the bandages from sticking to dried blood on the paws.

Dr. Suzanne Hurst
Cape Coral, Fla.