Question by  Meaningwell (15)

Should you or should you not remove dew claws from puppies?

How old should the puppy be when you do it if you choose to do it?


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

Your vet can decide on the right age. Dew claws really serve no purpose for a dog. The bad part about the dew claws is they get caught and can tear and injure the dog.


Answer by  usagkthompson (273)

Removing the dew claws certainly does not hurt the puppy and it could help. Sometimes the dewclaws can get stuck in things and get injured which could hurt the dog. Dogs can also injure them when digging...Removing them will prevent this. Some breeders also remove them simply for cosmetic reasons to give the dog a neater, cleaner appearance.


Answer by  cb31 (226)

It is often a good idea to have dew claws removed from puppies. They can get caught on things and be quite painful. If you do opt to remove them, it is often a good idea to do it at the same time that they are spayed or neutered. This way, they only have surgery once.


Answer by  n0ne (50)

Depends on the breed and what type of work it will be doing. If they are doing work where there is a risk of them getting caught, definitely remove them.


Answer by  Angelique (17)

From a lifetime of having dogs, I would say yes. If you don't remove them, they can catch on things and dogs can painfully wrench them. The nails are also rather awkward to clip when needed. A puppy can be as young as 3 days old; the younger the better. They are more complicated to remove when older.


Answer by  rogera (788)

Dew claws in a dog is like a thumb, they grow higher that the other toes and are usually removed the first week of the dogs life if you want them removed. It is not necessary to remove them but sometimes dogs have problems with them dangling and getting in the way.

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