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Dew claws - leave or remove?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Maggie Tyler, Jan 11, 2021.


  1. Maggie Tyler

    Maggie Tyler PetForums Newbie

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    My 2 year old greyhound often yells in pain when her dew claws get caught. Should I have the vet remove them?
    Is it a big op?
    Many thanks
    Maggie
     
  2. Happy Paws2

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    I'm not sure about a Greyhound but with a Briards it's like another finger and should not be removed, If your worried have a word with your vet or the Greyhound Club.
     
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    I'm not sure about Greyhounds but a Briard's dew claws are like having another finger and shouldn't be removed, have a word with your vet or with the Greyhound club.
     
  4. McKenzie

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    I assume you're talking about front dew claws?

    They should absolutely not be removed - in fact I doubt you'll find a vet to do it. Where I live it's actually illegal to remove a dog's front dew claws, not sure about the UK. Perhaps they need to be cut shorter if they're catching on things.

    My dog had rear dew claws (not many dogs do) and I had them removed as they were very floppy and not attached to any tendons, and he was in real danger of ripping them off. That in itself was a significant operation, which he had done at the same time as a cruciate repair. He was much more bothered by the dew claw removal than by the titanium wedge inserted in his knee.
     
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    Is it front or rear dew claws?
     
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    the vet will remove dewclaws if they are causing a constant problem being ripped. I would get the vet to check them out to see why they are so painful as that is not normal, and see what they suggest.
     
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    Assuming we're talking about FRONT dew claws.
    I would start as above, have the vet look at them, they should not be painful in general.
    It's possible the nails are too long, and a good trim up will solve the problem. If they are 'normal' personally I would not remove them prophylactically. It is amputation surgery and the recovery is painful and long. Potential for long term injury exists too without the dew claws there for stability and support. If you don't think dogs use their dew claws when they run watch some super slow mo videos of dogs coursing, you'll see how important those dew claws are.

    If we're talking about REAR dew claws that are floppy and not attached to any bone, ligament or muscle, (do greyhounds even have those?) then yeah, lop those suckers off.
     
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    When is she catching them?

    If it’s when out running and charging about you can buy special sheaths that protect them or you could apply some vet wrap bandage to hold them snuggled to the leg for exercising.
     
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    Years ago, one of my dogs had very floppy dew claws on all four legs which he was constantly damaging. He was a very active dog who loved diving into heavy cover and would often emerge with a bleeding, broken and evidently painful dew claw. When he was about three, we had all four claws amputated. He was clearly in a lot of pain for a couple of days after the op, but then he had another eleven years of charging around happily without any more accidents. Conclusion: it was worth putting him through surgery because it improved his life, but I would never do this lightly as it obviously was a painful operation.
     
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    Maggie Tyler PetForums Newbie

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  11. Maggie Tyler

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    Thank you everyone for helpful comments. I like the idea of covering them with a sheath. They are not a major problem when she runs I wide open spaces. She has caught them on the edge of patio however when she raced down the garden to chase a squirrel.
    (Now having the garden landscaped )
    Thanks again
     
  12. MontyMaude

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    I had a big dog that constantly caught her dew claws, she was a clumsy oaf and couldn't step of a pavement/kurb stone without catching them and after the got infected and oozey for the umpteenth time and many courses of antibiotics we had them surgically removed, it is quite a big op and she was sore afterwards but the benefits were huge as she stopped catching and ripping them.
     
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    In the Uk front dew claws are still removed at 2-3 days old in some breeds, both mine had them removed and I am glad!
     
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