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Surgery: Peripheral Nerve Blocks

[Photo of cat’s paw showing peripheral points]
Site of nerve block for declaw

In this technique local anaesthetic drug is infused directly into tissue overlying the nerves in the area being operated on. The drug is then taken up by the nerve and stops the transfer of the pain signal from that area to the brain. This technique is commonly used when cats are de-clawed and does a great deal to not only significantly decrease the pain felt during surgery but also decreases the pain after the surgery and the medication required to control pain at that stage.