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Dewclaws

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by nat1979, Jul 19, 2009.


  1. nat1979

    nat1979 PetForums VIP

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    Hi All

    Wanted to ask what people think about dewclaws on dogs (puppies) which breeds are best to have them off and why?

    Also if you do have them taking off pups when do you take them off? and who does them? and how much does it cost?
     
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  2. Kian's dad

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    we have a Vizsla and the breeder removed them at 3 days old.
    I know that Weimaraners also have them removed. I heard that gun dog breeds usually have them removed.... but I could be wrong.
     
  3. Nonnie

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    They have to be removed between 3-5 days of age. Only a qualified veterinary surgeon can perform the removal.

    Cost depends on your vet.
     
  4. DKDREAM

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    whippets norammly have them removed because they sometimes can hurt them when running, Blaze has his still his wasnt taken off I just make sure they are kept short he hasnt cought any as of yet.
     
  5. Freyja

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    Most running breeds have their dew claws removed. Some people take them of themselves but I always take mine to the vets to have them done. If they are to be removed they have to be done before they are 3 days old. 5 days is too old.

    My vet gives them all a small dose of a painkiller first . He charges me £8 a pup or that was how much it was last year. I then get 15% knocked of my bill so I don't actually pay that much:D

    Word of advise though make sure it is an experienced vet that removes them. On 2 occasions my vet has not been able to do mine and the locum has done them and in both litters I have had pups with dew claws that have grown back.

    What surprised me is that my ex racing greyhound still has her dew claws I thought with her racing they would have been removed. When we used to go to lurcher racing with her I strapped them up with vet wrap to stop her catching them. My setter still has hers which is a pain getting to them through her feathers I normally end up cutting a lump of hair out when I cut her dew claws I daren't use my dremal on her because of her feathering.:eek:
     
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    the roughsget to keep theirs. although you can get a pup with the odd back dew claw which is removed.
     
  7. noushka05

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    Siberian huskies keep theirs unless theyre on the hindlegs:)
     
  8. DevilDogz

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    Same with our chinese cresteds!:)
     
  9. Rachh

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    My dog had his removed when he had 'the chop' as they were causing him problems :)
    he's a lab X
     
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    MY jrt, springer, lab and cocker still have there's
     
  11. nat1979

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    What surprised me is that my ex racing greyhound still has her dew claws I thought with her racing they would have been removed
    You think they would i worked with racing greyhounds for 12 years and wondered why they dont take them of a birth

    The amount of problems we had with the dogs and if they hurt them really bad then had to be removed and that meant knocking the dog out and cut and stich up
     
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    noushka05 Unicorn denier. Snowflake. Activist ;)

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    i never knew that about Cresties:D
     
  13. wooliewoo

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    We have our boxers done as they seem to catch on everything especially when they doing the kangaroo hop!!!!
    . My mum has papillons and they are not done as the claw gets hidden in coat and doesnt tend to catch
     
  14. Ducky

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    it had never really crossed my mind about baileys dewclaws, and then a wee while ago i noticed he had tiny scars on both his front legs where they would have been. so i guess he had them removed as a pup. i thought it would have been on his vets record though but it doesnt seem to be?
     
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    i had the dew claws taken off the lurcher litter by the local terrier man but i leave them on the terriers as they use them like thumbs
     
  16. basi

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    Afraid that's not true, anyone can remove dewclaws;)

    We remove them from the Basenjis when they are 3 days old, thankfully they only have front ones.
     
  17. nat1979

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    I thought that as well as my vet wont do my dogs so i had to ring around to find someone that would do mine for me
     
  18. basi

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    Yes a lot of vets will not remove dewclaws anymore unless there is a problem. The day will probably come when dewclaw removal is no longer allowed.
     
  19. Nonnie

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    Yeah, ive just been having a read into it.

    I would have thought that the removal of the dew claws was far harder than the docking of a tail. The few times i assisted it seemed quite a fiddly thing to get right, and i know if done incorrectly, that a small, deformed claw can grow back.
     
  20. basi

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    I have never owned a docked breed so not sure to be honest. The dewclaw removal is pretty quick to be honest and they seem to get over it very quickly. Yes I have heard of claws growing back and the funny thing is it is usally people that have had it done by a vet:confused: Thankfully in all the time my mum has been doing ours none have ever grown back, so far!!
     
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