The double dew claws on the Great Pyrenees are very strong due to being attached by a bone; they act as a sort … Unique Double Dew Claws. Anyway, our vet recommended leaving the wraps on for 5 days, but when we removed them Kenai licked the wounds till they opened up again. It doesn’t mean it’s unhealthy, they can live with it and not feel any different. Dewclaw removal may be recommended if the dewclaw is deformed or if extra dewclaws are present. IMO, removing the rear dew claws has far more benefits than neutering them, so that's a good logic for me (mine are kept entire). Dew Claws by: Donna No, never remove dew claws. Short Brief On Dew Claws and the Removal Procedure. It seems if the breeder does it just after birth it is not a big thing and only costs $3.00 to 6.00. Dew claws should be removed at a very early age, ie between 1 and 3 days of age. ; Dewclaw removal is frequently performed when pets are very young (between 3 and 5 days old) They don't really serve any purpose to a dog, but have the slight potential for injury. Double dew claws are neither defects nor problems, and they should never be removed. I think we can conclude that some people are going to consider the practice barbaric, while others are going to offer reasons why it should be done. However, Shayna had only front dew claws and my Vet recommended removing them when we had her spay at 6 months. When I first started breeding, i always had them removed. I have been asked by a police and military dog trainer to take them off because of the high incidence of injury. dew claws I had a dalmatian with dew claws. We remove their dew claws at 2-3 days old. Dew claws can easily get ripped especially in walking or running on rough rocky terrain, it also reduces the risk of the dog catching its eyes with the claws should it paw its own face or even the face of a sibling when playing. I haven’t had anyone ask me that in a very long time. Any pyr lover will tell you, never never never remove the double dew claws. * DEW CLAWS * Lachelle Beene asks: Hi All,"My puppy BT (9.5 months old) snagged her dew claw last night. Dew claws are part of most dog's normal biology, and just like the rest of your dog's nails, they require some care to ensure that they are healthy and don't cause your dog any pain or trouble. ... but said not to do anything until 6 months. Dew claws are your dog’s short nails found near the foot but don’t touch the surface. Keep in mind that removing the dewclaws in other breeds, like Great Pyrenees, disqualifies them from the show ring. She tore me up when jumping up and especially bath time. A normal castration for a puppy the size that mine was at the time was $80.00. As a dog matures the dew claws become quite sensitive. I had a very small, very sharp pair of sidecutters and I clipped the dew claws off as close to the base as I could. Dew claw removal (outside of removal for traumatic injuries) should be done at around 3-5 days of age. My dog is 6 months old and we are thinking of removing the dewclaws when he is being neutered as advised by the vet.. His dewclaws nails are getting too long and whenever we cut them, they seem to bleed really bad (even when the vet tries to cut them.. At this time the bone is still soft and very little pain is felt by the pup. Most vets will NOT remove front dew claws on a dog that old because it is a more painful procedure, as it involves amputation of the toe. Electively removing the dew claws has the potential to cause stress, pain or infection after to procedure and/or during recovery. Thank Absolutely not. Often removed by the breeder, they are gone before you take the puppy home, meaning you never really give them a second thought. Treating Dewclaw Injuries. Thank you for not doing it. If you have a pup or are getting one, I strongly recommend that you have them taken off. They are easily removed. Removing dew claws after a certain age is a controversial subject, but I'll offer a differing opinion and I can take the heat...LOL I have Bostons and a Frenchie - both Bostons had theirs removed a day or two after birth. While different Vets have different fees, and location can make a HUGE difference in those fees, I'll tell you what I paid. To be clear, removal of double dews is amputation requiring the surgical cutting away of bones, tendons, and nerves. Puppy dew claws will always be removed within days after the puppies were born, usually when they are three to four days old, and the costs, from what we researched, will really depend on your vet, geographical location and what may be included at the time during the dew claw removal as many vets will want to also include the vaccinations and perform an … I would remove the dewclaws on all four feet. We got the bleeding to stop but can't really see how much damage there was, but it didn't seem like a lot. Removing dew claws from dogs is often done, but there’s a lot of debate surrounding the issue. What I was told and read when I did some research, is that if they are not removed when they are very, very young, they will actually attach to the bone (as they should) and then removing them at a later stage is VERY painful and may not heal for sometimes, months, yes months. If you dog isn’t a working dog, vets typically remove them at a young age. #9 R55Chewie, Feb 5, 2016. Many breeds have floppy dew claws that can easily snag and rip. No reputable breeder would ever recommend this. Some breeders choose to electively have the dew claws removed during the first five days of the puppy’s life for aesthetic appearances, especially in full breed animals. Mine has her dew claws removed. Muttly likes this. You could think of a dew claw as sort of a thumb. When I used to have puppies I took off the dew claws myself at about two days of age. We left them on and he was hunted at least 60 days a year on waterfowl and lots of upland. The nails on them are very hard to clip on that claw anyway especially when it starts to curl back to the leg/pad area of the foot. When you wait to have them done it is surgery and it costs us $30.00 or $35.00 over the spaying. On my last litter--16 years ago--I kept them on. My vet taught me how to do the removal myself. Think of it as a dog’s thumb, not having much purpose like an extra finger. We did them on litters up until sometime around 2002, when other breeders were already starting to stop removing them. It never comes in contact with the ground. While dewclaw injuries are relatively rare, they certainly do occur. Anytime you talk about removing something from a dog’s body, there is a debate about it. We've got it wrapped and put some ointment on it with some hydrogen peroxide. I talked about the reasons (and lack thereof, sometimes) for removing dew claws from dogs. Rear dew claws are often like this. I would like to have them removed but I don't want him in pain. I think she had a reason. Chinook has his dew claws and Maia does not, and they both came from a breeder. This is a barbaric practice meant for those who can't be bothered to trim nails regularly. If the dew claw is attached by bone, then that's a different situation. Cobi has his dew claws and they are a pain. I have had many foster Pyrs through and there has never been an issue. Dr. Stacy, My 4-month-old puppy still has his dewclaws. Never a problem even with the rear dew claws. Bad mommy! The answer is no. When it comes to dewclaws, however, most owners do not know much about them. Our dogs for the most part do not participate in shows but are working K9s. I do have them removed at 3 days old but occasionally one grows back and people freak out like the dog is deformed. He’s 7 yrs old now and no problems so far. My vet said he is only seen a couple dew claws torn in his 30 years of practice and does not know why people insist on removing them as long as they keep them trimmed. A dog dew claw is similar to a thumb (complete with a toenail) — but it grows a bit higher up on the paw than the rest of the toenails on that paw. Are relatively rare, they can live with it and not feel different. Puppies became an all-breed BIS winner even with the rear dew claws i had my mini chihuahuas claws. 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