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Old 07-29-2010, 08:35 AM
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Suggestions on to remove or not to remove Dew Claws

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We have 2 - month old husky pups (1 female, 1 male). Female is scheduled for her spay at the end of September and the male a couple weeks later. Should we get dew claws removed? I know it should have been done when they were first born and have heard that removing them now could affect their walking and other things. Suggestions/recommendations?

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Old 07-29-2010, 01:50 PM
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It all depends on how the dew claw is attached to the dog. If it is a true vestigal dew claw and is not attached by bone then you can remove them during their desexing surgeries. If it is attached by bone then it is not a vestigal organ and you should consult with your vet about removal. Removing a vestigal dew claw (or even an attached one) should NOT affect their walking ability as dews simply serve to increase grip and does nothing for balance or gait. Whomever told you that was completely inaccurate.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:48 PM
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It wont affect walking...never heard that one before.

Iam assuming you mean the REAR dew claw? the fronts are not usually removed. Personally Iam all for removing the rears, I see so many dogs with broken oness.
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Yeah rear fine, front is not supposed to be done anymore. My parents husky mix uses her dew as a thumb often times and they are much less likely to rip them off.

At any rate your vet *should* be able to advise as to how 'attached' they are to the foot...it can be quite invasive...or not at all depending..I do know my mom was talked into removing all four dewclaws on our border collie when I was growing up and she later regretted having the front removed...So in short ask your vet. And judge for yourself-are they wanting to remove them for money or because they should|?
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I was wondering if the dew claw can easily be ripped out accidentally. I had the vet trim my five month old Husky's claws last visit, but they didn't trim the dew claws and I didn't realize that until the next day.
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I don't think they can be ripped out easily. All of our dogs had their dew claws and they never had a problem but your vet should have trimmed the dew claws. On my dogs those were the only ones we had to have done cause they would wear down the others naturally.
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One of my dogs still has her dew claws (front) and they are very much functional "thumbs" so I"m glad she still has them. I trim the nail on the dew claws just like the other nails, as needed.
Our other dog had his dew claws removed by the breeder at a couple of days old. Although removal as pups is common practice with hunting dogs, I don't believe it is necessary. And I notice our female uses her dew claws to hold things (bones, toys) so if I had a choice, I would leave them there, so long as they are nice and firmly attached.
I've also seen dangling dew claws before on dogs, (especially on back legs) and those seem to me to be better off removed (if its easy during neuter surgery) as they are not functional and could get caught on something.
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What do you guys think about leaving on the rear dew claws if they are attached by bone. ? I'm asking because Esme has both rear dews and they both have bone attaching them and I don't think I want to have them removed because 1 she is lazy and doesn't do very much running and wrestling , 2 I think it would be very painful since they are attached by bone and it would take awhile to heal.
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None of my dogs have ever had the dew claws removed and they are all hounds that have absolutely no problem dragging me through the most obscure places they can find. My Ex had minpins that had all their dew claws removed. Didn't seem to give them any advantage over my little beagle.
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Thanks, that makes me feel better.

I'm just hoping that it won't hurt her more in the long run if I leave them.
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