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Old 01-07-2010, 07:51 PM
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Default Dewclaws?

To remove or not to remove, that is the question?

Chloe has front dewclaws. They are kept very short by the groomer and they never get caught on anything... honestly I didnt notice them until she was already about 7 months old So obviously they are not bothersome in any way.

I kind of just assumed they would be removed when she was spayed... but I have been reading about it and it seems like a pretty major surgery, not just a simple clip and stitch. So now I am thinking maybe I wont have it done.

So, what do you think? Does anyones dog have them still? anyone ever had a problem with them?
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:05 PM
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Chloe doesnt have any rear ones...

but she has front ones, but they dont bother her at all, but they arent floppy and loose either, and she does use them
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:10 PM
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Lucy has 'em. She runs amok at the dog park and does agility and we've never had any issues.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:13 PM
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They should be removed when the pup is 3 days old if they are going to be removed. They only seem to be an issue if they stick out. Those that lie flat are almost never a problem.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:19 PM
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Never had a problem with the front ones. Have had problems with back ones, though!
I wouldn't have them removed unless I had problems, personally.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:31 PM
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They should be removed when the pup is 3 days old if they are going to be removed. They only seem to be an issue if they stick out. Those that lie flat are almost never a problem.
how do I know how they lay?
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:31 PM
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i wouldnt remove them. i think that is to only be done when the pup is just days old.
unless it is a screwed up dew claw. i have seen some just hanging by imagination. its like its not even attached.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:38 PM
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This pic is a couple months old... but see chloe's is very close and tight to her paw, and its not all woobly and loose...

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how do I know how they lay?
i'm guessing that if you didn't notice them until she was seven months old, they lay pretty flat

all three of my dogs have front dews. i'm good with that. they use them to hold things. they help to stabilize the ankle when running and turning at speed. nobody's ever torn them or had a problem with them.

i wouldn't recommend removing front attached (by bone, not just skin) dewclaws unless they are causing the dog a problem. floppy rear dews which are just hanging on by skin i'd have removed at time of spay/neuter because they're useless, do tend more to tear, and they are a quick snip and stitch to take off.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:42 PM
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thanks for the pic Jess... Chloe's (mine) isnt really that tight... it hangs a little more... but I still havent had any problems... ugh I hate having to make these decisions.
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