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Old 07-12-2006, 10:44 AM
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:49 AM
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Not IMO. Too easy to get them stuck everywhere (back legs at least).
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:55 AM
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Having Chiuhahua's both with dew claws, I would have them removed. They are so hard to cut on a tiny dog, very fragile too.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:58 AM
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I agree...get them removed.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:58 AM
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Zoey has them and we've had no problems, and my vet doesn't beleive in removing them, and doesn't do it.
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Old 07-12-2006, 11:15 AM
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Zoey has them and we've had no problems, and my vet doesn't beleive in removing them, and doesn't do it.
I guess it depends on how big the pups get. Tinker weighs only 1.3 lbs. at 8 years old. There is no tool that I can get in there to properly clip her little wee dew claw, I'm stuck with using slanted human nail clippers and I do it as quickly as possible because I know it pinches. Tia is tiny too, only just over 3 lbs. and she too has extremely tiny "close fitting" dew claws. The way I see it is that I've been putting Tia through the "pinch" for 15 years now and Tinker for 8 years, if I had it to do over again, I'd have had them removed as early and as painlessly as possible.
If a Chi is a bit bigger, and the dew claws are not oddly tiny and fragile, I see no reason to remove them either. I've never know any (and I met and trained so many Chi's) to actually tear a dew claw, the biggest issue is really being able to maneuver a clipper in there to clip without causing pain.
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:11 PM
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I've never heard of a vet that does not remove dew claws.
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:18 PM
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On Chihuahuas, with their very prominent eyes, I would not hesitate to have them removed. One clumsy move from a puppy rubbing its face can lead to a scratched cornea.
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:19 PM
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From what I've heard, and I assume your talking about your puppies it's best to get them removed when their young.

Get it done.
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:22 PM
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My rescue Sheltie Max never had his removed and he is 7 or so years old. He actually has extra dewclaws I guess you would say. Where there is normally one dewclaw, there is also a second shriveled up one with a pad and everything. I am not sure what exactly is normal, but I am pretty sure his isn't His hang out and flop around and stuff and I always worry he will get it caught on something. But he is not active at all so he doesn't jump and play a lot.
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