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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-23-2007, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Dew Claws

Should they be removed? Lilly's is just a flappy piece of skin no nail. When I have her fixed I plan on having them removed. Other thoughts?

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We had another thread on here about this. I wouldnt do it but you can read what others say about it also. Here is the link:

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...ighlight=claws

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I did have Quincy's removed....He got it stuck jumping off a lawn chair when we first got him.It was horrible--he was hanging by it.When he was neutered--we did the dew claws too.In these guys,there seems to be a big split /breeders who always do remove them and breeders who never do.I have heard it is proper or okay both ways.Good luck with your decision

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Both my boys still have their dew claws, I have not had any problems so far. I think someone did say to me it will help Riley in Agility not sure how true that is. I guess I really never gave it any thought but OUCHHH poor Quincy, that's scary.

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All of my dogs have their dew claws still, and the only reason I'd remove them is if the dog was having a problem like Quincy did. Even then, I'd talk to my vet about the ability to heal vs. removal.

A local agility trainer asks that we not even consider doing agility if the dew claws are removed because they help the dog when running corners.

In Europe, dew claws are not removed and I believe that tail docking and ear cropping are not allowed anymore either. Since the U.S. appears to be moving in the same direction of not allowing ear cropping and tail docking (slowly), I suspect we'll see fewer and fewer dogs with dew claws removed in the future.

By the way, it is very interesting to see Standard Poodles out in the ring with full tails. We've been so conditioned to docked tails for years that the first time I saw a long tail on a SP, I had to do a double take.
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Speaking of Dew Claws...

I took Havee to the vet today. Every time I dried his paws after coming in the last few days he cried when I went near his right dew claw. He's been walking ok though.

She had to sedate him a little, and trim back the claw because somehow he broke it and it was hooking back into his skin! She brought him out, wrapped in a blanket figuring he'd rather be held by me while the med wore off. He looked so cute the poor thing He's on pain killers and an anitbiotic too.

Well...he couldn't make it home without vomiting and pooping in the car (the NEW car by the way), being sedated and all. Thank goodness he was on a blanket on the seat. It was an easy clean up...

So he has a blue bandage on his skinny foreleg and all he wants to do is lay in his crate for now...

I'm sure tomorrow he'll be bright and bushytailed and back to his old self

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Poor Havee, I hope his nail get all back to new soon. That had to hurt. Ouch

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Oh poor Havee!! Thankfully your found the problem before it got much worse. Poor baby, I cannot imagine how bad that must feel. New car too?? Boy it does seem like our Havs are enjoying christening all of our new cars!. Let us know how he is tomorrow.
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post #9 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-24-2007, 01:36 PM
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Yes,
I'm not sure what to make out of dew claws?!I can honestly say I have never owned a dog WITH dew claws....the little while with Quincy was bad enough for me.I have always myself had larger breeds though,and it was routine to breeders to remove dew claws on shelties,bassets...so I don't know.My vet was shocked to see them still on Quincy.I guess it is routine here in this area to remove them within a few days of birth.Vet says they heal quickly/less muss and fuss.

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Jan, I'm sorry to read about Havee's injury! A split nail is horrible. I've seen a few dog toe nails split from bad clippers (one more reason I don't use the Quikfinder with the cruddy clippers). Heal quickly, Havee!

Julie, it is much more common for working dogs to have them removed. A lot of the larger breeds fall into that category. If I recall correctly, I think it originated from the rear dew claws that would get snagged in the brush as they ran. Fortunately, Havs don't have rear dew claws (or aren't supposed to anyway).
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