This question is not for me. My mom has a Golden Retriever puppy. His dew claws were not removed. Is it recommended to leave the dew claws in if they're not removed as a baby? Is there harm in removing them at the same time the dog gets neutered? Any thoughts would be appreciated!
I agree with the above. Once the joint has fused it's a much more involved process. Unless they're the flappy rear dewclaws that are just held on by a bit of skin and connective tissue.
Most dogs live their whole lives with dewclaws and are just fine.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Correct, you do not remove dew claws if they were not removed by Day 3 of age. It's painful to do anytime after day 3. Pups are not born with fully functional nuerological systems so on top of the bone being soft to cut, their pain receptors are not full developed. After a certain point, it's a full on amputation like you taking off your own thumb.
Great info. Thanks!