Here’s how some AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital’s address declawing.
Our researchers called the hospital and asked for a price of a declaw, what vets do the declaws, and if declawing is ok for a cat long term.
Here’s what we found.
Purdue University Small Animal Hospital, West Lafayette, IN
July 2021 When you call to ask for the cost of a neuter/declaw the Purdue employee asks, “Do you want all four paws?”
The employee said that all their doctors in Primary Care, Dr Lori Corriveau, Dr Thompson, and Dr Rayo do their laser declaws. They said that a four paw declaw/neuter is around $455-$500.
One of the declawing vets, Dr Lori Corriveau, still has that she does pain free declaws on her bio on the Purdue Education Portal.
More about the Purdue Small Animal Hospital and declawing. Purdue and Declawing story
Hope Springs Veterinary in Virginia Beach, VA
They say on their website that they provide A “Safe and Effective” Cat Declaw Surgery, Tail Docking, and Ear Cropping. Link to their declawing info on their website. Hope Springs Veterinary website
Here’s our story about this declawing AAHA animal hospital. Hope Springs Veterinary AAHA hospital
Battle Ground Veterinary Clinic, PC, West Lafayette, IN
Employee said Dr Paul Wittke does their declaws and he uses a laser and said it’s the best possible way to do a declaw. A neuter/declaw is $315. When the researcher asked if declawing is ok for a cat long term, the employee said yes. They said, “we wouldn’t do a procedure that causes long term issues.”
They said that other vet practices use surgical blade for declaws and it’s not as precise as a laser.
Link to their declawing info on their website. Battleground basic surgery page
Tiny Town Animal Clinic in Clarksville, TN
They have declawing on their website under surgeries and say it is a routine procedure. Here’s our story about this AAHA hospital. Tiny Town Routine Declaw Surgery
Sangamon Avenue Vet Clinic in Springfield, IL
They said that the use a laser for their declaws and they feel it’s better. A front declaw is $291.
Coble Animal Hospital in Springfield, IL.
They said a front declaw is $300 and they use a laser and say it is less traumatic on a cat’s paw as far as the healing.
Heartland Animal Hospital P.C. Bartlett, IL. Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/heartlandanimalhospitalpc
“Laser surgery is a great way to reduce pain and swelling. We are pleased to offer this less invasive method for procedures such as declaws, mass removals and neuters. “
This is a lie. Laser declawing is NOT less invasive.
Heartland Animal Hospital PC in Bartlett, IL published a youtube video a few years ago where the two women vets were touting how great their laser is for declaws and how they even declaw kittens on all four paws. The video has been taken down.
West Madison Veterinary Hospital, AL.
Family Pet Clinic, Southhampton, PA
They have 13 staff members who are Fear Free Certified Professionals but no veterinarians who are Fear Free.
They said that Dr Tobi Maser, the owner vet, who does their declaws. The employee was asked if declawing is ok for a cat and they said yes but they will only do it on a cat who is under 1 year old. They said that they don’t do declaws very often.
They don’t use a laser for their declaws and refer people to Dr Stephen Radbill at World of Animals at Bethayres for the laser declaw.
We looked into how World of Animals addresses declawing. This is NOT an AAHA hospital.
They said that Dr Radbill only does front declaws and he does them regularly. A laser declaw is from $730-$900. When asked if the cats are ok long term after a declaw they said yes but that the cat can’t go outside as much.
Noahs Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Indianapolis, IN.
The employee said that a declaw is $1200 and they like to have an exam to educate you about declawing and to see if there’s another way around it. They said that Dr Roach and Dr Webb do their declaws.
Healthy Pets of Lewis Center, OH
When the researcher asked for the cost of a neuter/declaw for a cat the employee asked, “Are you just doing the front?”
They also do 4 paw declaws. A 4 paw declaw with a neuter is from $575-$675. Employee said that they have 3 vets who do the declaws and some use a laser. When asked if declawing is ok for a cat long term or if they are limping the rest of their lives, the employee said, “that can be a side effect” and it depends on each cat.
AAHA Accredited Animal Hospitals that don’t declaw cats.
Riverside Drive Animal Care Center, Dublin, OH
The employee at this practice said they stopped declawing because they are a Cat Friendly Practice. (AAFP banned declawing on July 1st.)
Unfortunately they refer people out to Worthington Woods Animal Care Center in Columbus, OH for the declaw procedure.
The employee at Riverside Drive ACC said that Dr Jim Miller has been doing declaws for years and uses the same protocol that they do. (According to this care center, Dr Jim Miller has retired but Dr Hollie and Dr Shelby regularly perform declaws with a laser.) They said that you just need an exam to see if the cat is healthy enough for the procedure.
Memorial Veterinary Clinic, Throop, PA
They don’t declaw cats.
They refer people to a declawing practice in the area, Memorial Old Forge which provides a declaw for around $390-$490.
Pets and Vets as Partners, West Lafayette, IN
They don’t do declaws. They said that the cats need to protect themselves if they go outside.
Petsburgh Pet Care, West Lafayette, IN
They say it’s bad for a cat and educated about the humane alternatives. They gave good advice on why not to declaw.
Intermountain Pet Hospital, Idaho
They don’t declaw and say that it involves severing the last digits on a cat’s paw and that it’s not in a cat’s best interest because they practice Fear Free techniques.
Loving Family Animal Hospital. Aurora, CO
They said they don’t do declaws because it is inhumane and a painful procedure.