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Old 05-15-2005, 09:02 PM
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That's pretty much it. If they're floppy and in danger of catching on things and tearing it's best to have them removed. If they're attached with bone and your dog uses them for things like holding and grasping then it's usually best to leave them alone. If the dew claws are left alone though, you do need to make sure you keep those nails trimmed.
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:10 PM
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Ok that's what I got from it, so thanks for the link.
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:23 PM
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I think a lot of breeders go ahead an remove dew claws (for showing, I think?). Anywho, my Hunter had had his dew claws removedk so he must be from a breeder, huh?!? He licks and wipes his little face like a cat, so it's probably good he doesn't have them!
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:26 PM
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Some breeds, like Sharpeis, sometimes have dew claws on the front and back feet. Weird, but true.

You got it, Babyblue. Some vets will tell you to have dew claws removed "just in case", but dogs do actually use them (unless they're not formed properly) so they aren't just vestigial things. In all the dogs I've had, I've never had a problem with dew claws. I know that problems can arise, but if you keep them trimmed properly they seem to do well.
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:30 PM
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But it's their poor little "thumbs"?
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Mine use them like thumbs.
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:34 PM
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I once saw a pic on a site can't remember it off the top of my head but there was a pic of a dogs paw where its dew claw was alowed to grow so long with out being clipped its was almost a complete "O" shape. My dogs who have them I keep clipped like CT said.
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Yep, they're pretty useful little thumbs, as far as non-thumbs go. I've even known dogs that use them to deal with their own eye boogers. None of my dogs, of course. They'd rather rub their eye boogers on my pillows....
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:49 PM
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Hitch use's his to clean out his eye boogers! I always thought it was cute im sure others of mine do I just don't think about it.
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Ripley's dewclaws are removed. It is common to remove the dewclaws on smaller breeds, they usually are not formed well and in some breeds like Chihuahuas and Papillons (who have slightly prominent eyes) they can injure their eyes with those weird dewclaws.

Dakota's are stiff and compact. I keep them short and they've never gotten caught on anything.
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