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    Why do ppl remove the dew claw

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    My boy still has his dew claws, but from what i can gather, the main reason most people take them off because they can get caught and tear. if they are kept, then it is a good idea to keep them well trimmed.

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    Mostly for those reasons, they are prone to injury in adults. But they are also frequently neglected in a trimming routine (especially in hairy dogs!) and can cause ingrown problems when not looked after.

    Taking them off in an adult if they become injured is a major undertaking, and they can grow back if not removed properly.

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    Thanks for your replies

    Hmmmm, so should I get Candy's removed? She'll hopefully be doing lots of dog sports like agility, tracking and lure coursing in the future.

    I did all these sports with my kelpie cross and she never had any problems with her dew claws.
    However..mum's dog, a bull terrior x kelpie (RIP)..he was dangerous with his dew claws..he'd chase you and grab your leg with his front feet and his dew claws could easily tear a persons leg if he wasn't playing EEK!

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    I just asked the vet for her advise as I had Falcon and the cat (matilda) down there to get micro-chipped...(all pets now done )
    She said it was mainly dogs that have dew claws on the back legs!!! I didn't know dogs could get them on their back legs...but yeah!
    She said I don't need to get Candy's removed...1: she doesn't have back ones...and 2: she shouldn't have any probs with her front ones doing the dog sports I want to do with her...I just have to watch the nail growth

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    Many breeders remove them ,they claim they do it for safety but i know many just dont like the look....

    Ive owned dogs my entire life and each and every one has been very energetic and out going , spending a good deal of time in the outdoors roughing it with us camping, swimming, racing around and never once have i had a dew claw caught and needing attention...

    I dont remove any dew claws imo its unneeded

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    Quote Originally Posted by MISCHIEFMAKA View Post
    Ive owned dogs my entire life and each and every one has been very energetic and out going , spending a good deal of time in the outdoors roughing it with us camping, swimming, racing around and never once have i had a dew claw caught and needing attention...

    I dont remove any dew claws imo its unneeded
    yup...I agree I keep her dew claw nails trimmed..apart from that, it's all a matter of luck isn't it.

    Candy will be keeping hers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymum View Post
    yup...I agree I keep her dew claw nails trimmed..apart from that, it's all a matter of luck isn't it.

    Candy will be keeping hers
    Yay! I think it's far too big an undertaking for youngsters or adults, if they're not done at a few days old they should be left.

    And like Mischiefmaka I've never had an injury to one either - I'm sure they can injure themselves anywhere! We'd have strange looking dogs if we kept on trimming in an attempt to prevent anything happening... I think that's why docking laws were changed....??

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    Hey ozeymum!
    I'd leave them...i think it's more of a cosmetic procedure bit like tail docking. A few years ago i adopted 4 month old pound puppy mastiffx. She had her tail docked and dew claws removed the wounds looked deep and nasty not neat like a desexing scar/cut. I found it sad that she had to go through all this at such a young age... R.i.p maxi

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    Quote Originally Posted by MISCHIEFMAKA View Post
    Many breeders remove them ,they claim they do it for safety but i know many just dont like the look....
    What a crock. Breeders dont care how it looks, Big dogs that jump up scratch the owners, sometimes hurt the bitchs they are breeding with. Many dogs get them caught in fences and other places. Some ppl dont have problems at all. Its the dogs that suffer if something does happen, so its best to be safe than sorry.

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