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Old 08-15-2007, 01:27 PM   #1
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Question Hind dewclaws on puppy

My new puppy has dewclaws on her hind legs. Iíve not seen a dog with these on the hind legs before, just on the front legs. Would breed have something to do with it? She is ĺ Australian Shepard and ľ Border Collie. Does anybody know if leaving the hind dewclaws on will cause health issues latter? I know some people remove the front ones for that reason, although Iíve never had a dog that had the dewclaws removed. I plan to trial her in agility when she gets older, if that makes a difference in whether I should remove or leave the dewclaws.

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If you think they're going to get torn during the dog's activities, I'd have them removed at the time of spay or neuter. My preference would be removal rather than risk having them torn. Others might disagree but I see definite benefit in prevention.
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I've never heard of dew claws on hind legs either.
We had one of our lurchers dew claws removed when he was a pup, because the female ripped hers off. Really we should have known better as Lurchers are active dogs.
Breagha and Todd still have their's though.
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I've have many breeds with front and back dew and double dewclaws without any dogs being injured.these dogs were 1 briard,1 BC and 4 Pyrenan Shepherds.If kept short,you should be fine.If you're worried,do what Katz's said and have them removed during the spay or neutering operation.Both my dogs have their front dewclaws and they are fine.
here is an interesting article:
www.workingdogs.com/doc0019.htm
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Yes, one of my dogs has back dew claws, is very active, and has never had a problem. I keep them well trimmed.

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A friend of mine has a 7 month old Lab/Chow mix who tore his hind dewclaw and had to have it removed. He had surgery a few days ago.

I've never had any experience with hind dewclaws, so I can't really help you there. Sorry.
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A lot of times they should get removed within the first few days of birth, requiring no anesthesia and not much trauma at all. Are they tight to the leg, or floppy? If they're tight,I would say to leave them. If they're really floppy, you may want to consider the surgery to remove them.

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Thanks for all the advice. You're sentimants pretty much mirror what I've been reading in my dog books and on the internet--a split of about 50/50--for or against removing the dewclaws. As none of the claws, front or back, are loose, and they all seem to have a bone structure in them, I'm going to leave them to do at a later date, if necessary. I was really hoping someone with dog sport experience could give me an opinion on this.

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Old 08-19-2007, 04:58 AM   #9
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My boy has a back dew claw,the vet went to visit the breeder when the pups were 3 days old and removed all dewclaws front and back,when Travis was about 3 months old I noticed a little nail growing on the back,he has no bone with it just nail,it has never bothered him,he is jumping in and out of undergrowth most days and is a dog who will tackle anything,but the nail has never bothered him,I just keep it trimmed short
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