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Should I get my new litter's dew claws removed? I'm weighing the pro's and cons. This is my first litter so all advice is greatly welcomed and appreciated.

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Paula,
I know my advice means nothing--but speaking from a pet owners point of view, I would always opt to have them removed. Quincy caught his and was hanging by it from a lawn chair at 5-6 months. I had them removed with his neuter and it was so much harder on him later like that. He is the only dog I've ever had with dew claws....

However I don't think it is common to have them removed from havs.

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Im intersted to see what others suggest as well. In general I do them but sometimes I dont. When I dont it's because of the mom. If it was a stressful delivery or her first litter or she is extremely upset when the puppies are not with her then I dont do it. When I dont, I always let the new mommy and daddy's know that if it becomes an issue with them getting in the way then they can always have it done when they are neutered or spayed.

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Should I get my new litter's dew claws removed? I'm weighing the pro's and cons. This is my first litter so all advice is greatly welcomed and appreciated.
I didn't do it on my first couple of litter's because of info I had read. However, I do it now and I am glad I do.
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Just read quincys reply and wanted to add I always reccomend take home pain medication with neuter and spays but if dew-claws need removed it certainly eases the pain. Sometimes they are just hanging on by skin and sometimes they are conected to bone. They heal quickly.

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When I dont, I always let the new mommy and daddy's know that if it becomes an issue with them getting in the way then they can always have it done when they are neutered or spayed.
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My vet doesn't recommend doing this once they are older. I am surprised you recommend to your puppy buyers to do this. My understanding is it very painful to have done later and can cause other problems too.
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Oh I can tell you from my experience,it WAS a big deal. Quincy did not heal quickly.Maybe it was because how they were attached,IDK,but it certainly was painful and hard on him. That was harder on him then the neuter. I really wish they would of been done when he was super tiny. I'm not a breeder--but it was a horrible experience for both him and me.

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So, the puppies were born yesterday. How long do I wait to have them removed? Is it something you would do with your first litter?

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My vet doesn't recommend doing this once they are older. I am surprised you recommend to your puppy buyers to do this. My understanding is it very painful to have done later and can cause other problems too.
Read my post again. You misunderstood it. I normally do it when they are babies but if for some reason I dont AND IF it becomes an issuse later then I reccomend they do it when spayed or neutered and always with take home pain meds wich should be given with the spay or neuter anyway. Normally they heal quickly with no problems.

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So, the puppies were born yesterday. How long do I wait to have them removed? Is it something you would do with your first litter?
normally between 3 to 5 days old. Make sure you keep the puppies in their carrier to protect them and take mom (you never know what will happen on the way to and from the vet and dont want hungry puppies) but leave her in the car so as not to upset her. She will get very upset if she hears the babies. Some are very loud and others just a little yipe. But I always feel so bad for them.

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