Do they need to be removed? ???
Why or why not?
The breeder we got our pup from did not like to remove them.
Do they need them?
<br />Belle at 4 months
Some breeders remove them, some don't. Dogs do use them (for holding things, and also for traction on fast turns/climbing etc.)
If your breeder is leaving them on, keeping them trimmed close and short will minimize the risk of injury.
If you do a search you will come across some dew claw threads.... one is started by me ...... and people do have some 'firm' opinions on the issue.... so I won't go into it again...... but my breeder removes dew claws and I am happy that she does.
Unless you plan on heavy hunting through thick cover with your Lab (and even then, it is unnecessary) then no, they certainly do not need to be removed. In 99% of cases it is purely cosmetic and therefore unnecessary.Do they need to be removed?Because it is unnecessary cosmetic surgery. You are effectively removing a dogs thumbs.Why or why not?Yes. They need them for gripping and they also aid with balance.Do they need them?
If the breeder doesn't remove them, leave them be. My dogs have them and they use them.
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Once the pup is home with you- it's really pretty much too late to do anything about it. It is a very, very painful surgery once done past 3-4 days old. I know my vet clinic refuses to do it once the puppy is past that age.
I couldn't tell if that is what you were asking.
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I was just wondering why some breeders advertise the "dew claws removed". The breeder we got our pup from said she does not take them off.
I have never had a puppy before.
<br />Belle at 4 months
That is a good thing IMO. I wouldn't use a breeder who removed dew claws. Again, just my opinion.The breeder we got our pup from said she does not take them off.
Good luck with the puppy. How old is she?
Originally Posted by ChrissySome breeders remove them because if a dog is going through heavy brush there is always the possibility of tearing them off.Originally Posted by Chrissy
I've never been an advocate of removing dew claws, but Diesel's stick straight out. Even trimmed they hazardous. I don't think he will have an injury problem since he will not be hunting, but he has cut me with his dewclaws several times. Since he loves to give hear hugs, I have to be fast to get my hands around those claws.
Hubby has a slash on his face just healing up from one of Deez's hugs.