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    Dew claws should be removed in some breeds. They hang and can get caught and cause the animal enourmous amounts of pain. From memory (without checking them) all of my dogs have their dew claws. I think I even discussed removing them when Cappy was desexed 10+ years ago and the vet said no, not unless they become a problem. For Cappy they have led to a situation where he almost has an opposable thumb which makes opening doors too easy -.-

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    Yes rear dew claws are of no use and i dont know too many breeds who are born with them ...Ive never seen an AST with rear dewies.
    Front dew claws are used to grasp and hold food, bones etc and if kept well maintained dont cause any issues 99.9 percent of the time, thats not to say you wont ever have a caught nail but accidents happen...

    Some dogs have very messy dew claws, they dont sit flush with the leg and so they are not only VERY visable in the show ring but are also more prone to being caught...

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    What breeds would have rear dew claws? Saints perhaps?

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    Depends on the quality and focus of breeders essentially IMO.

    Rear due claws may pose a problem, if so from a rescue point of view they are removed during routine vet work and while already under.

    The bubs are straight forward essentially, it can be more complicated for some adults depending on the level of attachment and proffesional advice should be sought.

    Front dew claws are left alone, though the nail should remain well maintained along with others. I have seen front and rear dew claws not only meeting in a circle but also spiraling into the leg.

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    Hey there, my little doggie diesel has dew claws and I think for his sake I will have them removed, I don't want them becoming ingrown etc and I really wouldn't want to see him in pain if he snagged them on anything. How are these removed without causing pain? A few people have told me they are just cut off like toe nails and as long as you don't cut the quick they should be fine? They don't grow back do they?

    Lol excuse my ignorance this is the first dog I've had since growing up with mum's chitzu maltese awww he's such a cutie I miss him so much now I'm living 900km's away

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    Dew claws are like normal claws just in a different place - you should clip them as normal. They are removed under GA usually when a pup is desexed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    Depends on the quality and focus of breeders essentially IMO.

    Rear due claws may pose a problem, if so from a rescue point of view they are removed during routine vet work and while already under.

    The bubs are straight forward essentially, it can be more complicated for some adults depending on the level of attachment and proffesional advice should be sought.

    Front dew claws are left alone, though the nail should remain well maintained along with others. I have seen front and rear dew claws not only meeting in a circle but also spiraling into the leg.

    Nic
    OUCH !

    Fair enough !
    I always thought remove if they start to become problematic if not leave them...

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    I had a german shep x lab that had rear dew claws (2 on one leg and 1 on the other), they were removed un GA during desexing. Her front DC were not removed

    My old fella Scooby, a bullmastiff x rottweiler, had rear dewclaws, they were removed also during desexing. He still has his front DC. And he is darn deadly with them, clipped or not. The vet would not remove the front at the time, thought Scoob had enough to deal with, being desexed and rear DC removed. Now he's too old to put under to have them removed, so we are just careful or put sox on his legs lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    What breeds would have rear dew claws? Saints perhaps?
    The mountain breeds often have them, and some herders like Icelandic Sheepdogs that come from mountainous areas. Pyreneans have double ones! They turn up in odd places sometimes...



    From the Pyrenean Mountain Dog Standard, ANKC: Strongly made double dewclaws on each hind leg; lack of this identifying characteristic totally undesirable.

    They are used for climbing and give extra grip in the rear feet and legs when working in steep rocky country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bungeye View Post
    Hey there, my little doggie diesel has dew claws and I think for his sake I will have them removed, I don't want them becoming ingrown etc and I really wouldn't want to see him in pain if he snagged them on anything. How are these removed without causing pain? A few people have told me they are just cut off like toe nails and as long as you don't cut the quick they should be fine? They don't grow back do they?

    Lol excuse my ignorance this is the first dog I've had since growing up with mum's chitzu maltese awww he's such a cutie I miss him so much now I'm living 900km's away
    Hi Bungeye

    There are great differences in dew claws. I believe rear dew claws should essentially be left alone unless there is cause for concern. Rescue groups (well the good ones) remove dew claws a) from puppies while young, already under GA with routine vetwork as a precaution and b) from adults under vet advice.

    Dew claw nail 'trimming' does not cause any pain and is done at the same time as other nails. The nail grows back as with other nails though as dew claws are higher up in the leg and not subject to the same friction on surfaces as other nails they require regular attention.

    That is not to say they must be removed.

    Some dew claws are simply attached by tissue and skin, others are attached by bone. Some pose a problem, some do not....

    Sit with your dog and feel up his leg from the foot on the inside and you will find his front dew claws. Just make sure the nail is trimmed well as they are often missed. More than likely he has no rear dew claws, just front.

    Nic
    Last edited by Billy; 03-29-2009 at 08:04 PM.

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