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Post by Polly Pocket on Wed May 11, 2011 10:21 pm

Pollys Dew Claws seem to stick out a lot, and I was thinking of asking the vet to remove them when she is being spade. One of our old dogs (rottie x) managed to dislocate a dew claw when playing and had to have his removed after being in a lot of pain.
Has anyone had this done or had any problems with their dogs dew claws?
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Re: Dew Claws

Post by janey on Wed May 11, 2011 10:23 pm

Not myself but I know its been talked about x


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Re: Dew Claws

Post by Guest on Wed May 11, 2011 10:25 pm

A short while ago Dempsey broke one of his front dew claws - it stuck out at right angles to his leg - ouch!

The vet just clipped the claw off, because he didn't want to use an anaesthetic for such a minor thing. They're strange things, they don't need them, and we routinely remove the back ones, but not the front ones!

I know in some countries they remove them all at birth.

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Re: Dew Claws

Post by sooz225 on Wed May 11, 2011 10:25 pm

i can feel my knees goin @ the thought, ohhhhh am too squeamish

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Re: Dew Claws

Post by Nosipho on Thu May 12, 2011 11:35 am

In some breeds it is much more common than others, I guess if you feel that they are going to cause a problem later in life then it makes sense to have them removed.

My mums Chi x JRT has really wierd dew claws which grow and grow until they curl round. We have to constantly clip them which she HATES! Shes gotta go in for a lumpectomy soon so might ask vet to take hers out even though I feel its a bit mean. She does get them stuck on fibres all the time though and if left they would grow into the soft pad and ingrow.

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Re: Dew Claws

Post by Tys mummy on Thu May 12, 2011 12:53 pm

Ty has recently started trying to rip his back ones out. Does he not need them? I may think about getting his removed before he does it him self.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 12, 2011 1:03 pm

The back ones are normally removed shortly after birth - they're such a pain (literally sometimes!). Have a word with your vet, some of them will do it quite cheaply, because it saves them getting damaged later on.

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Post by Tys mummy on Thu May 12, 2011 1:32 pm

I will ask the vet not going back this month though cost me £50 last night for an injection and some tablets for a cut on his ear that he keeps scratching at! What is the procedure with removing the claws? How long would it take and how long would he be out of action? Do I need to TRY keep him calm after ect ect?

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Post by Guest on Thu May 12, 2011 2:50 pm

Removing all the dew claws would take about an hour maybe less but only slightly, you will have to keep him calm after all he is going to have wounds on all paws and it would be painful to walk for a few days after painkillers have run out, wouldn't know the cost. better off calling the vet.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 12, 2011 3:52 pm

Would it be all 4 dew claws, then?

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Post by Polly Pocket on Thu May 12, 2011 6:13 pm

Polly only has them on her front feet, she has only got the 4 normal toes on the back. I don't think I have ever had a dog with them on the hind feet.
I will get the vet to remove hers when she is spayed then, only one anesthetic and she will be on painkillers after that and restricted movement for a couple of days anyway so should be simpler, I hope.
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Post by youngkaiser on Thu May 12, 2011 9:33 pm

I asked about having kaisers removed and the vet wasnt for it unless it really bothered him he catches it alot when playing with his ball and ends up pulling his nail out of them because they must be sore but the vet told me its like us having a thumb removed when they are older and can get infections in them after having them removed because of where the wound is can be quite a long procedure baring this in mind so i opted out of it aparently when thet are puppys you can just cute them off but once they develop its more tricky and can cause alot more problems when it is removed while it is healing. Have a word with your vet see what they think

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