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VelvetsAB 01-04-2013 01:48 PM

Dew Claws
I am trying to decide what would be best for my puppy (4 month old Aussie Shep), and if it would be better for her to have her dew claws removed, or just leave them.

She is not a working farm dog, but a pet. We go to the dog park, walk around the blocks, go to conservation areas, and local trails for excercise. Eventually, I hope to get into low level agility with her, just for some fun.

One of her dew claws is pretty loose and floppy, the other one is more firmly attached. The vet I go to is okay with taking them off or leaving them on. Remington will be getting spayed within the next two months, and the dew claws would be coming off at that time, if thats what I decide on.

I am just looking for other dog owners opinions on what they did, and the reasoning behind it.

themacpack 01-04-2013 01:55 PM

I would likely take off at least the one that is floppy - the structure seems to already be such that it would be prone to injury.
While not dog/dew related - I made a similar decision for my little polydactyl cat, Darwin, as one of his 24 toes was not of sound structure and was a catch/injury risk - when we took him in for alteration the vet snipped it off. Any doubt I had about it was erased just a week pre-op when he DID catch it on the cat tree and could have been seriously injured had I not been there to free him

DraftyAiresMum 01-04-2013 01:57 PM

I'm with themacpack. At least remove the one that is floppy. It's an injury risk, especially in agility.
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Failbhe 01-04-2013 03:09 PM

I have no idea what she did, but one day I went outside and our husky/shepherd cross had ripped her dewclaw almost completely off. (It was one of the floppy ones) She was fine, no infection or anything but it scared the daylights out of me to see my girl whimpering and bleeding, and that was just from playing around on the yard. I know that's not necessarily going to happen - but it can, and all my pups will get their dewclaws removed from now on!

Cacowgirl 01-04-2013 03:14 PM

We rescued a roadside dog-she had a large infected neck injury,so when we took her to the vet-we had the neck fixed, her rear dewclaws removed (they were big & floppy), & she was spayed. It was expensive, but she was a real trooper, & now she is just the sweetest dog ever, despite being almost 90 pounds- (a hound/shepherd cross). Now I don't have to worry about them catching & being ripped off which would require an emergency vet call & you know animals will pick the most inconvenient times to do things like that.

VelvetsAB 01-05-2013 03:44 AM

Thanks guys :) I do worry about her catching it, however there are dogs out there with there dew claws and they seem to be fine...

I would just have the floppy one removed, but the vet said she wouldn't remove just one.

themacpack 01-05-2013 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by VelvetsAB (Post 1829721)
Thanks guys :) I do worry about her catching it, however there are dogs out there with there dew claws and they seem to be fine...

I would just have the floppy one removed, but the vet said she wouldn't remove just one.

So remove both - better to error on the side of caution in order to have the one that is likely to cause issues gone than to keep both in the name of not removing the one you don't anticipate having problems with.

MySerenity 01-05-2013 09:23 AM

I'm very pleased to see people discussing this based on floppy vs attached. I've had some ugly discussions about dew claws with people. The floppy vs attached was the way my vet explained it and I think the logic makes sense. My girls are firmly attached so she got to keep them.

I agree with themacpack. If one is a catch risk then just take them both off.

VelvetsAB 01-08-2013 09:27 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments.

My vet wasn't encouraging to have them removed or to leave them, so it was time to seek information elsewhere!

Chevaux 01-08-2013 09:49 PM

One of my dogs has a set of pronounced size but well attached. She is out in the fields all the time and has not had any problems. What I do have to watch out for is the nail growing into the pad part if left untrimmed.

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