COVID-19

We have received many phone calls regarding the policies of our office and appointments in regards to the current COVID-19 mandates from the governor.  Our office will be open during normal hours (7:30am – 5:30pm M-F and 8:00am to noon on Saturday).  All appointments that have been made will still be seen.  If you are ill, please call to reschedule.  MVS is going to continue scheduling appointments and surgeries, however, our staff will be meeting customers at their vehicle, taking your pets history, recording any concerns, and admitting your pets for exams and vaccinations.  Owners will need to wait in their vehicle until we return your pet to you.  Payment will then be collected at that time.  We do have the technology to safely store your credit card information in our software if this is easier for you.  We encourage you to call ahead of your appointment with any concerns so our staff can consult with the vet ahead of time so that we can have recommendations available for you.  Also, feel free to utilize our email to ask questions, send pictures, or communicate concerns ([email protected]).  Where and when appropriate, we will try and prescribe medication or treatment to minimize your exposure to the public setting.  MVS prefers that you call ahead for any products that you need and we will have them ready for your pickup.  We also encourage you to visit our online stores so that you can utilize our home deliveries.  Go to our website www.montfortvet.com and click on the online store button on the top bar.  You will then see that there are 3 stores available to order from.  If you need assistance with registering our office staff will be happy to help. Thank you for your patience through these trying times.


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Declawing Alternatives for Cats

image of a cat with claw protectors.

Cat declawing is possibly one of the most controversial of all animal surgeries. Cats scratch to mark territory and to keep their claws in top condition, but the scratching behavior can challenge the bond between a cat and his owner. Felines, especially young cats, often play rough and scratch their owners or other animals. Scratching behavior also ruins furniture, flooring, draperies, and clothes in many cases.

While declawing is a permanent solution to these problems, it is a surgical procedure requiring anesthesia and removal of the end of the digit, including the nail with the attached bone. National veterinary medical associations state that an owner should consider declawing a cat only after exhausting all other solutions to the scratching behavior, or when scratching increases the risk for spreading infectious disease between the cat and people in the house.

Non-surgical alternatives to declawing include:

  • Providing appealing scratching posts
  • Regular claw care including trimming every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Plastic nail caps

Scratching Posts

A cat owner can purchase commercially made scratching posts or make one at home. Scratching posts use cardboard boxes, lumber, logs, or carpet scraps attached to a sturdy object. Cats like the backing of the carpet best, so put the pretty, soft side on the inside. Any scratching posts should be securely anchored, and the scratching post should be taller than the cat so she can really stretch out when she scratches. Cat owners should use positive reinforcement to encourage the cat to use scratching posts instead of furniture.

Nail Caps

Temporary synthetic nail caps are also an effective alternative to declawing. There are a variety of synthetic nail caps on the market. These colorful caps cover the cat’s natural nail, protecting skin and furniture when she makes scratching motions. Nail caps will grow off, requiring replacement every four to six weeks. Your groomer or veterinary office can apply the first set of nail caps, but it is also possible to apply them at home.

There are surgical alternatives to conventional declawing but these methods also involve removal of tissue from a cat’s toes. These alternatives include laser declawing and tendonectomy. Laser declawing uses laser energy instead of a scalpel or guillotine blade. Tendonectomy removes the tendon that allows cats to control the claw but leaves the claw intact.

Many cats’ scratching problems can be resolved with non-surgical solutions before declawing must be considered. Non-surgical methods carry a very low risk, if any, for complications. Contact your veterinarian for more information about declawing and non-surgical alternatives.

Sources:

"Declawing of Domestic Cats." Declawing of Domestic Cats. American Veterinary Medical Association. Web.

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