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    Our poodle who we have had since nine weeks of age, is now a year old and we just discoverd a nail that may be a dew claw. We discovered it because he was having trouble with is foot and since we didn't know about it (they were supposed to have been removed) the nail grew out and was poking him.

    At what age was that supposed to have been removed. I know he's too old now. What precautions should we take to keep him from getting hurt


    we didn't notice it until it started bothering him since he gets his nails done at the groomers. But they missed it too.

    Will it cause him problems...we want him to do agility. He is 12 months old

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    I know nothing about when they're typically removed, but it shouldn't cause any problems as long as you keep it trimmed. Both of my dogs have their dew claws and we've never had any issues.

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Curiousity question and since I want to learn more - What is a dew claw?

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Quote Originally Posted by digitallyManipulated View Post
    I know nothing about when they're typically removed, but it shouldn't cause any problems as long as you keep it trimmed. Both of my dogs have their dew claws and we've never had any issues.
    I heard it can be problimatic for agility dogs, does anyone know if thats true

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    all 3 of my dogs have their dew claws.
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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    A dew claw is basically what's left of the evolutionary disappearance of what humans think of as a thumb. At this point in dog evolution is is a useless remnant of an appendage. Generally they are higher up on the leg so that they do not have contact with the ground. It is important to clip the nail on the dew claws whenever you clip your dog's other nails. Dew claws are curved and if left untrimmed, can curl around and grow into the skin.

    Some breeders have dew claws removed on pups in teh first week of life when it is more cartilage than bone underneath. Soem owners have dew claws removed when it is time for the spay/neuter because the dog is already receiving anesthesia for the s/n procedure.

    Dew claws generally don't cause a problem. However, some dogs have dew claws that stick out or are in troublesome locations. For instance a dog that likes to dig and keeps catching his dew claw, equals chronic infections. Other times a dog may catch a dew claw on something and pull out the claw or, worst case, tear the tendon up the leg shaft that the dew claw is attached to. So I guess in agility there would be a small risk of the dog catching a dew claw on equipment or while running, causing injury.

    I've had lots of dogs in my life and I've only had one dew claw injury. One of our current papillons caught her dew claw on a wooden fence rail, pulled out the claw, bled like someone had cut her foot off, took her to the vet where they cleaned it and put a bandage on, and after a couple of weeks it was fine. I was hoping that the dew claw would not grow back but it did.
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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    My former Cocker Spaniel who unfortunately passed away a few months ago had hers, as does my Shepherd/Dingo/Lab mix. For Mista, the Cocker, she never had a problem. However with Mattress (Shepherd/Dingo/Lab), hers has gotten caught, and she likes to pull on it. I adopted her when she was 10 weeks old at my local shelter, so she was too old to have them removed. I keep them trimmed, and redirect her when she attempts to chew and pull at it. They generally don't cause a problem unless they aren't trimmed properly, or your dog has an odd obsession with chewing and pulling at them.

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Most of the time it's fine. All our paps have dewclaws and we've only had one injury. Theirs are very tight though. It's the loose ones, and particularly the back ones that can cause the most problems in some dogs. Some breeds even have more than one dewclaw on each foot. Lots of breeds are required to keep them for show. It's optional in papillons.
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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    are we talking front or rear dew? if it's on the front, i can't see how the breeder could have missed that as a pup as it's the breeder that has them removed when they are only a few days old....if it's a rear, they, also, should have been checking for those as well, but....

    as for will it cause problems? again, front ones very seldom do, except for in situations like yours.....rear ones can be a problem in that they are looser and can "snag" on something and get ripped off (a friends Beagle did this when i was a kid)....but, regardless, it can still be removed even now, it just requires surgery and heal time.....and it's generally not a big deal, even....
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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Quote Originally Posted by tirluc View Post
    are we talking front or rear dew? if it's on the front, i can't see how the breeder could have missed that as a pup as it's the breeder that has them removed when they are only a few days old....if it's a rear, they, also, should have been checking for those as well, but....
    If it wasn't removed properly or completely it can grow back. The entire didgit needs to be removed, if there is even the slightest amount of bone left the nail still has the potential to grow. My Cavalier has one like that where the dewclaws were removed but the vet missed a peice. So now he has a nail that grows very slowly and is hardl noticeable to the uneducated person. It only has to be trimed about once a year and thankfully it doesn't curve in towards the skin.

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    LeRoy has his front ones. I didn't know they had back ones. LeRoy doesn't have back ones, neither did my english bulldog either.
    Hmmmm... interesting.
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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Quote Originally Posted by animalcraker View Post
    If it wasn't removed properly or completely it can grow back. The entire didgit needs to be removed, if there is even the slightest amount of bone left the nail still has the potential to grow. My Cavalier has one like that where the dewclaws were removed but the vet missed a peice. So now he has a nail that grows very slowly and is hardl noticeable to the uneducated person. It only has to be trimed about once a year and thankfully it doesn't curve in towards the skin.
    This happened w/my boston...look like they tied to remove it but didn't get all of it...now he has this strange little nail that grows but only need clipping like once every few months.

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Quote Originally Posted by tirluc View Post
    are we talking front or rear dew? if it's on the front, i can't see how the breeder could have missed that as a pup as it's the breeder that has them removed when they are only a few days old....if it's a rear, they, also, should have been checking for those as well, but....

    as for will it cause problems? again, front ones very seldom do, except for in situations like yours.....rear ones can be a problem in that they are looser and can "snag" on something and get ripped off (a friends Beagle did this when i was a kid)....but, regardless, it can still be removed even now, it just requires surgery and heal time.....and it's generally not a big deal, even....

    Its on the side of his leg, I guess you would call it front. I'll be honest I think his breeder did not know what she was doing to begin with. this is before we know about reputable breeders and such. I mean his brother was stillborn and she waited forever to take her dog to a vet and realize something was wrong. Our pup was the only surviving pup. She claims she had bred dogs before but I don't know. I think she was just trying it as a hobby. She may not have known to remove it.

    I guess my biggest fear is him injuring himself is agility. It doesn't bother him now that we found it and trimmed it. It curved round and was poking his paw. But I don't want him to injure himself.

    I think he will do great in agility. He loves to jump and run. But I don't want him hurt.

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    Re: If you had a dog that has a dew claw and it was never removed will it cause probl

    Mine have thiers...My 2 yr old has 1.. The breeder missed one when she was born. But they've never had problems with them. The vet said to just keep them short, cause with the pug breed, they COULD scratch their eye with them when itching face...so far (knocks on wood) no problems yet.

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