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Old 01-01-2006, 07:19 PM
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hello, first of all HAPPY NEWYEAR!!! to everyone. Haven't been around in a while, been really busy with work.

We are wanting to spay our sheltie within the near future, and when we had first talked about that with our vet she suggested that we'd get Penny's Dewclaws removed at the same time as getting her spayed. This because she has two on the one leg... (appearantly this is common among shelties).

Now I dont know a lot about it, have been looking for some info on the forum and on the internet but can't find an awful lot. Is this the same idea as declawing cats? (the surgery that is) Does anyone have experience with it? I don't find Penny is bothered by hers if we keep them trimmed. Is it painful for them to have it done?

Just wondering about people's oppinion!
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:23 PM
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I'm not quite clear on why some breeders and vets say dew claws need removed. It would be a surgical procedure where they take the entire joint out. They don't just snip below the nail quick like with cats (which is painful and unnatural to them). Why would you want this done?
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:25 PM
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Unless the dewclaws are really loose I would leave them.If loose fitting than yes cause they can get caught on objects easy.
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:28 PM
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I'm not quite clear on why some breeders and vets say dew claws need removed. It would be a surgical procedure where they take the entire joint out. They don't just snip below the nail quick like with cats (which is painful and unnatural to them). Why would you want this done?
Well actually i'm iffy about getting it done that's why I posted the thread since you told me they actually remove the entire joint (which is what they do to cats too) that actually answers my biggest question so I won't get it done coz I dont believe in that. My vet suggested it coz with the two nails she has a big chance of getting caught when she's outside running etc.

German Sheperd gurl, none of them are really loose fitted except for the extra nail. I might just ask my vet what it would involve to get rid of that one coz it doesn't seem to be attatched all that well...
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:29 PM
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I dont want to start a whole new thread to ask this, so I hope you dont mind if I ask here. Are all dogs born with dew claws?
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:32 PM
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I dont want to start a whole new thread to ask this, so I hope you dont mind if I ask here. Are all dogs born with dew claws?
I dont mind at all As far as I know all dogs are born with them yeah, but from what I've read on the internet some breeders get them removed when the pups are just a couple of days old.
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Dew claws? Is that just their regular claws?
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:35 PM
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Dew claws? Is that just their regular claws?
it's the ones that are higher up on their legs
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:35 PM
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I dont mind at all As far as I know all dogs are born with them yeah, but from what I've read on the internet some breeders get them removed when the pups are just a couple of days old.
I just checked Peanut, and she doesnt have one. She does however have this little "thumb" on the back side of her leg just above her paw, but theres no nail protruding from it. Is this a dewclaw?
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it's the ones that are higher up on their legs
Oh right. Thanks.
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