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Old 01-10-2011, 09:05 PM
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Seriously overgrown dew claws...

I recently found a dog in really bad shape, and part of the problem is his rear double dew claws. The lower one is more like a fifth digit, although it's not completely connected, and the higher one sticks straight out horizontally and doesn't seem to be connected by anything but skin.

On the top ones, the nails have completely curled around to his pad... I managed to clip one of them, but the other one is so overgrown that I can't fit the nail clippers between the pad and the nail to clip it. So my question is... should I take him to the vet or the groomer to have this taken care of?
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I recently found a dog in really bad shape, and part of the problem is his rear double dew claws. The lower one is more like a fifth digit, although it's not completely connected, and the higher one sticks straight out horizontally and doesn't seem to be connected by anything but skin.

On the top ones, the nails have completely curled around to his pad... I managed to clip one of them, but the other one is so overgrown that I can't fit the nail clippers between the pad and the nail to clip it. So my question is... should I take him to the vet or the groomer to have this taken care of?
Well, if you just found the dog, I would definitely take him to the vets for a check up. The dew claw problem is something you can point out to the vet, but if he's been a stray, you'll want to check for parasites, probably update the vaccines and so on.

Good luck, and post some pics. We'd love to see him!
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Well, if you just found the dog, I would definitely take him to the vets for a check up. The dew claw problem is something you can point out to the vet, but if he's been a stray, you'll want to check for parasites, probably update the vaccines and so on.

Good luck, and post some pics. We'd love to see him!
Thanks! I already got all of that taken care of, but I hadn't taken a close look at his nails and had just assumed I would clip them at home so I didn't mention it then. He was covered in fleas and ticks and full of tapeworms and I took care of all that.... Luckily, he tested negative for heartworms so I gave him Heartgard and took care of that as well. I also got his shots done and got him neutered.


Here he is on 12/21 (44lbs):
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And here he is on 1/6 (53lbs):
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Wow! He looks great and totally thriving under your care!

You are obviously doing a fabulous job with him and have taken care of all his veterinary needs. I'd probably just go ahead and clip that dew claw with a pair of scissor - type nail clippers.

Hope you hang out here on dogforum more!

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Wow! He looks great and totally thriving under your care!

You are obviously doing a fabulous job with him and have taken care of all his veterinary needs. I'd probably just go ahead and clip that dew claw with a pair of scissor - type nail clippers.

Hope you hang out here on dogforum more!

You can post pics of your boy in your messages if you scroll down to "manage attachments" (when in "advanced" mode)
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I attempted to clip it myself by pushing down the pad so I could fit the nail clippers between it and the nail, but it started bleeding even though I only took a tiny bit off. The nail is curled so that the entire thing is touching the pad, from the base of the nail to the tip. I think they really just need to be removed : /

I just wish I'd realized this before he got neutered!
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hmm... i'd say that a groomer may be cheaper, but it might be worth it to take him into the vets for it this time, just in case...
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Any idea what it'll cost to have them removed? They're super dangly and definitely not attached by bone.

I have to bring one of my other dogs in next Monday, so I'll bring Cinco along and ask the vet what he thinks.
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no clue... sorry...
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They have to sedate to remove them as far as I am concerned. Is the skin bleeding or the nail bleeding? If its the nail it just needs to be continuously trimmed back to shorten the quick. BTW he looks amazingly better than when you first picked him up!
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great job he looks great. It is not necessary to have them removed. It is part of one of his breeds to have them. You need these type of clippers and you will need to keep them clipped so better to just buy them unless you take your dogs to the groomer once a month.
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these are the clippers you would need Nail Clipping: Quick Finder Deluxe Dog Nail Clipper at Drs. Foster and Smith and also I would get some quick stop for bleeding. just go slow a little at a time every 3 days until you get it short.

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