Bad mommy! In Removing Dew Claws from Dogs – Should You Do It? What Are Dew Claws? 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. 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. 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. At this time the bone is still soft and very little pain is felt by the pup. You could think of a dew claw as sort of a thumb. Dewclaw removal may also be recommended for hunting or working dogs or if there is a risk of trauma to the toe. 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. Dew claws are found not just on dogs but on other mammals as well as birds and reptiles. 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. We got the bleeding to stop but can't really see how much damage there was, but it didn't seem like a lot. We remove their dew claws at 2-3 days old. I talked about the reasons (and lack thereof, sometimes) for removing dew claws from dogs. My vet taught me how to do the removal myself. When I first started breeding, i always had them removed. Double dew claws are neither defects nor problems, and they should never be removed. 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. Any pyr lover will tell you, never never never remove the double dew claws. On my last litter--16 years ago--I kept them on. Thank 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.. Dew claws are your dog’s short nails found near the foot but don’t touch the surface. I just had someone ask me if we remove dew claws on our dogs. Very little bleeding. I have had many foster Pyrs through and there has never been an issue. As a dog matures the dew claws become quite sensitive. She tore me up when jumping up and especially bath time. I have a small mutt that had back dew claws, and had them removed when he was neutered/castrated at about 6 months old. It seems if the breeder does it just after birth it is not a big thing and only costs $3.00 to 6.00. Removing them at 6 months of age will cause a lot of pain. Chinook has his dew claws and Maia does not, and they both came from a breeder. Absolutely not. Muttly likes this. The dog dew claw removal costs. #9 R55Chewie, Feb 5, 2016. Dogs don’t need dew claws anyway so do yourself a favor and have them removed at an early age. 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. Treating Dewclaw Injuries. Maybe a drop or two. He has dark nails.. He’s 7 yrs old now and no problems so far. My vet said at 2 years the surgery was very envolved with tendions and all. Our dogs for the most part do not participate in shows but are working K9s. Thank you for not doing it. They can be removed at any age, but if it is done when the puppy is more than 10 days old it is a surgical removal because the soft tissues are too hardened to remove them without anesthesia. If the dew claw is attached by bone, then that's a different situation. One of the puppies became an all-breed BIS winner even with dew claws. A normal castration for a puppy the size that mine was at the time was $80.00. To be clear, removal of double dews is amputation requiring the surgical cutting away of bones, tendons, and nerves. Many breeds have floppy dew claws that can easily snag and rip. We adopted a 14 week old Rat Terrier puppy from a rescue almost a month ago. Dew Claws removed at 5 months The breeder removed the front dew claws right after she was born, but didn't realize that she had rear ones. 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. 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