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Dewclaws #8267947 05/17/21 02:21 AM
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Ran into something I’ve never run into before and I know there are longtime gundog owners on here that have an opinion. That Vizsla pup I posted picture of earlier still has one of his front dewclaws and part of the other front one. So unusual that this happened I didn’t even notice it until he’d been here about a week. At first I thought I’d just had them removed while he is out being neutered but the more I read on the Internet and talking to two different vets, I’m thinking of just leaving them. Both vets said they’d leave them but it’s my call. Any of you have any thoughts on this. He won’t be hunted hard. Maybe 5-10 days a year. He is extremely intelligent and biddable and I want to stick with him.

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Depends on if I wanted to boot them often.


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Leave them on, no question at this age.

Just keep them trimmed.

My next litter of Labradors will probably have them left on.


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Re: Dewclaws [Re: Huskerron] #8268137 05/17/21 12:49 PM
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I probably won’t boot them often up here but that makes sense, Bill. We do have sand burrs if I hunt west or south though.

Thanks, Brady. After talking with the two vets, leaving them on is the way I was leaning. I had asked them because I figured if you were going to do it, it would be best done at same time as neutering. At my age, I have no interest in breeding this pup. He’s primarily a companion that will be hunted a few times a year. Backyard fence is only 4 feet high and I figured neutering might head off some fence jumping should a neighbors female come into season.

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I leave them on these days.


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I hate dewclaws. I have had them with and without them. My new pup has them. I may get them removed, but it is a big deal now that she isn't newborn.

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I am with you stink...

We’ve had them robbed as the dog was older because they were going in to get neutered so they did them both. No regrets.


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Cut them off.

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Leave them, they don't hurt anything. Forrest

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They really need to be removed within the first week of life if they're going to be removed - otherwise it's an extremely painful procedure and not really worth it unless they're creating a problem.

Some dogs do just fine with them - other dogs have lots of problems. One of mine has his and they aren't an issue - we keep them trimmed short (for whatever reason his don't have a quick). My buddy's lab has his and it's a constant issue of him getting hurt.

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My oldest pointer had one that was missed when trimmed after birth. Had it removed after 16 weeks, it was the soonest the vet would put her under for the procedure.

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Thanks folks. Looks like everywhere I looked, opinions were split about 50/50. My current position is that I will leave them. I have a couple of months to think about it before I am going to neuter him so I’ll still be thinking about it. Thanks again your posts were quite helpful.

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When we had greyhounds, when they were just born, we just clipped them off, no vet. No big deal. Those dogs, because they ran so fast, would tear them if left on.

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