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Old 12-19-2008, 09:30 AM
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Take them to the vet and have him remove it. You shouldn't be doing that since you don't know which claws are dewclaws or not. Since this will be the only litter, no need to learn yourself. I know of people botching the job so to speak and leaving scarring or not removing the dewclaw completely. Safest bet is to go to the vet.

I do want to point out that reputable breeders can and do leave dewclaws sometimes depending on the breed. Some breeds (like papillons) removal is optional, and others it's required to keep them. We have three paps with front dews and one with none, but all ours have very tight dewclaws and they actually use them quite often to grip things.

Shelties should have them removed, particularly back ones where they're not very attached.

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Old 12-19-2008, 10:04 AM
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I do my own at home...and there was a first time. Since you are apparently not planning on doing this seriously and with an eye towards improving your breed do as the other state and that them to your vet.

The way I do it is about 98% bloodless and was taught to me by another breeder and I've made changes to improve that.

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Old 12-19-2008, 11:17 AM
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go to the vet with the pups, get the dad neutered NOW and get the mom spayed later. accidents do happen, i understand that, but i do think if your going to keep an unfixed male and female dog in the same house.. your asking for trouble. when dogs want to do something, they usually will find a way to do it, if you arent very very good about keeping them separated AT ALL TIMES. sometimes you can barely tell when a female is in heat.. but beleive me.. he can tell.

go to the vet, have the dew claws removed, start interviewing and looking for new homes for these guys NOW so your not in a crazy rush when they are 8 weeks old and tearing down the house.
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:40 PM
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the pups and mommy NEED to see the vet at 3 days anyway so get them in, the vet will do the dewclaws (usually for a very small amount too it only cost $7 per puppy to do vixies litter) and give both mommy and all the puppies a good check over.

this is also importantbecause you have abaoslutly no way of knowing if mommy is retaining puppies or produicing properly...
also while your there make an apt for ASAP to get the father of the litter neutered, AND you can usually prebook a spaydate for the female (the vet will let you know aprox how long after weaning would be best for her)

there is absolutly NO reason to be removing the dewclaws yourself, the only time i would say ok to doing dewclaws is if you have an EXPREINCED and repuatable breeder who has done MANY litters themselves SHOW you...
since this was an accidental litter and you say wont be happening again you have absolutly no reason to learn so just have the vet do it.

no shots untill the puppies are AT LEAST 6 weeks and they shouldnt be going to their new homes untill AT LEAST 8 weeks old.

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Old 12-26-2008, 05:52 PM
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Why on earth would you want to do it yourself???

The proper age to have them removed is between 2-5 days depending on which vet you ask. Since the pups are already on the ground there's absolutly no way you can learn how to do it yourself in less than a week. Call your vet and set up an appointment to have mum checked and the dewclaws removed on the pup. While your thier start learning about everything you need to know about raising a litter, I'd recomend you bring a pen and paper with you so you can write it all down.

The male can be neutered now and there's no reason to wait since he's already shown he's capable of getting the deed done. It's normally reccomended to wait a month after the pups are weaned to get mom fixed, but you should confirm the timeline with your vet. Pups should never ever start their vax until 6 wks of age, though most vets prefer to wait till 8 wks if possible. You'll also need to find out about deworming the pups and how/when to start weaning them.

You should start screening new homes for the pups now if you haven't already. It's recomened to keep the pups with thier litter till thier 8-12wks old, the older the better. Also note that in many states it's illegal to sell a pup under 8 wks of age.
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