View Full Version : dew claws!

28th September 2006, 06:56 PM
the breeder (well i say breeder, she did only have the one litter as far as i know though her sister had been breeding for a while) anyway, they didnt take off jadans dew claws when he was born and the vet told me at his first check up that i may as well leave them until he was neatured as it would be more of an op than if they had been done at birth. he is due this next wek. does anyone else still have there dew claws? they get caught i was told and it is best they are removed. but does anyone else still have theres or willjadan have to go through neuteing as well as this as tehy will be done at the same time as he will already be under. :? :(

28th September 2006, 07:07 PM
Duncan still has his while Arthur doesn't. We haven't had any problem with Duncan's and personally I think he can hold on to toys a little better when he is try to get a good chew. :lol:

I've always heard that if dogs had opposable thumbs they would rule the world. Dunc's dew claws seem close and he definitely runs the house! icon_nwunsure

It may be only a personal opinion but I wouldn't put little jaden through it unless there is a reason it will be a problem.

28th September 2006, 07:21 PM
Kosmo still has his dews as well and they haven't been a problem this far. It's kind of a pain to clip them .. OK a HUGE pain to clip them, but he does fine with them and they haven't caused any kind of problems. The vet didn't even mention it when we went to took him to be neutered either. I would think that if it were a problem she would have at least addressed it.. ;) good luck!

matties mum
28th September 2006, 07:33 PM
Barney still has his and so has Jazzie and Jazzie is 10 plus my self unless there is a problem I would leave then alone :) Aileen

28th September 2006, 08:02 PM
UK and Irish breeders do not tend to remove them. They rarely get in their way and personally I think it is cruel to cut them off especially as a lot of time this is done with no anaesthetic at all. For some breeds like working hunting dogs who will be iin the brush perhaps it makes more sense as they very rarely do get caught and can rip and need to be removed; but at the same time Pyrenees for example are supposed to keep them, front and back, as part of the breed description and these are often dogs that are worked as herding dogs or are often outdoorsy dogs... so I don't see why they are required on one breed and considered a problem in others.

I'd leave them. All mine have theirs.

28th September 2006, 08:13 PM
Lucky no longer has his dew claws.

I didn't have them removed but they were gone when I got him. I read that they are often removed because they were thought to be a hazard to the prominent eyes. I suppose the idea is that they might inadvertently hurt themselves when scratching (?) icon_nwunsure

Anyway, the choice was already made for me, but that the reason I remembered for why they are removed. When I did a search of "dew claws" and "cavaliers" on Google the search results showed the same reason.

28th September 2006, 09:22 PM
Dudley had his removed when he was just a few days old, Darby on the other hand still has his.

I don't find them a problem at all, just remember to cut them when trimming the nails.

Molly's mom
28th September 2006, 10:14 PM
Molly has one dew claw. Apparently missed by the breeders vet. :sl*p: My vet told me it was better just to leave it alone because if she removed it, it would probably just provide an irritant that Molly might not leave alone.

Cupcake Love
28th September 2006, 10:17 PM
My parent's cavalier still has his dew claws and seems to be doing fine. In fact he's pretty sure they help him crawl onto the open door of the dishwasher to do any necessary "pre rinsing." ;)

28th September 2006, 10:35 PM
Chester still has his too and I just have to make sure to trim the nails often. No problems here...

29th September 2006, 01:16 AM
My Bentley still has his dew claws too. I just make sure that I watch them and keep them trimmed so that they don't get too long. They haven't been any trouble.

29th September 2006, 01:33 AM
Pippin has 4 dew claws .Gus has 2. The breeder told me when I got pippin at 9 weeks that I could bring him back to have the 2 back ones removed or ask my vet to remove them.

I brought my two to the vet the first week I got them to check them over and he advised me to leave pipins dew claws alone unless they caused a problem for him.They never do ,I just have to trim them quite often.

29th September 2006, 04:07 AM
King still has his..and the only thing that I don't like is it's an extra nail to clip...but otherwise it doesn't bother King

29th September 2006, 04:16 AM
I think it is kind of nice to see that so many dogs on here still have their dew claws!

29th September 2006, 07:31 AM
We had dewclaws removed on our male Saint when we had him neutered...and I will NEVER do that again. I would rather not have the dewclaws, but if the breeder doesn't do it, it's not getting done on ours.


29th September 2006, 11:24 AM
I think most UK and Irish vets are very reluctant to remove dew claws and some will not as a matter of principle.

29th September 2006, 11:26 AM
All my guys have them, don't think it is done in the UK, the vet never mentioned anything.

Cathy Moon
29th September 2006, 12:18 PM
My vet said that if the breeder doesn't have them removed when the puppy is only a few days old, the dew claws should be left alone, unless there is an injury.

My 3 cavs all have front dew claws. I used to dread trimming them, but now its as easy as any other nail. :flwr:

29th September 2006, 12:36 PM
Merlin has his and they cause no problem. I just nip the ends off every 3 weeks or so, with a pair of humal nail clippers. The other nails are kept short by the 10-15 road walk every day Merlin gets on the way to/from the lodge or the resevoir....

29th September 2006, 04:56 PM
My little guy has his too, they have caused no problems at all, ...and I think they're cute :p

29th September 2006, 05:46 PM
My first cavalier didn't have them. The breeder has having them removed very young, but she had one puppy die after the operation and after that she wouldn't have it done anymore, so 10 months later when I got Merry - she had her dew claws. Merry hasn't had any problems.

I did have a bassett hound with dew claws and she lived to the ripe old age of 14.5 years old. She did get a dew claw caught once and it bled. I took her to the vet and it was a very minor injury and not medication or other work was needed.

29th September 2006, 06:38 PM
thanks for all your stories. i was lead to believe it was the done thing. jadan has both hs front and back and whilst they havent caused any problems so far the vet did say that he would do them at the same time as the the neutering so that jay wouldnt have to go under again. but if so many of yours have them (front and back) then i think i will leave his alone too. thanks again. this site is just the best :p :p :p :p :p :p i am so glad i found it as it has given me so many laughs :lol: and so much info :flwr:

29th September 2006, 06:58 PM

I'm very glad you decided to not have them removed. After all, why put little Jay through that if it's not absolutely necessary?! :huh: (just so the Vet can make a few extra bucks? No thanks!)

And, I completely agree w/ you on this site! The info. and the people are GREAT! :flwr:

Coco's mom
29th September 2006, 07:09 PM
My vet suggested that Coco has her dews removed during her spay surgery as well. She is 13 weeks old. She has her front and one back, and have similarly caused no problems. I didn't understand why it was necessary to remove them, and Ive been thinking of leaving them. Thanks for bringing this issue up- it helped me out too!

29th September 2006, 08:46 PM
All my girls have theirs, never had any problems. Cruel in my eyes, :( having them removed.

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

30th September 2006, 01:14 AM
In an old book on Cocker Spaniels (c 1930s, I think) the author says dew claws should be removed because otherwise they can grow awkwardly and dig into the dog's paw, but I suppose that would be prevented with regularl trimming! From that I assumed dew claws were automatically removed, so I was startled when Holly's breeder was clipping her nails last week and made a comment about doing the dewclaw as well. I'm not even sure which nail it is! :roll: :oops:

Cathy T
30th September 2006, 01:17 AM
Neither of mine has dew claws. The breeder removed them when they were very very young. If they still had them...I would not have had them removed.

30th September 2006, 01:54 AM
I had a toy Poodle who we thought had had all of his dew claws removed by his breeder....or so we thought, we later discovered that one dew claw was left and it had started to grow back in to his skin, it had to be surgically removed. When I got Bentley, my vet assumed that if Bentley was to be neuetered that he would remove the dew claws as well, I don't know why so many vets are so quick to remove them. But, Bentley still has his and I am not going to have them removed since I think it is a bigger deal when they are older. Just be sure to keep them trimmed and you shouldn't really have any problems.

30th September 2006, 09:58 AM

I'm glad you have decided against removing the dew claws - its no extra hassle - I just check them/ trim them whenever its a major spruce up day. Normally a sunday morning, which ears have a good clean, eyes have a good wipe down, teeth brushed, big brush allover, trim between pads and then a bowl of milky tea for being a brave boy!

P.S Love your new avatar! ;)

30th September 2006, 10:30 AM
well i am glad i asked in time as i had never really given the matter much thought until jadan was due to go back for his neutering and now i am soo glad that i did mention it. :) maybe i should just ask the vet to show me how best to trim them instead of removing them. his other claws get worn away as he has a back yard to play in so running up and down that full pelt gives them a good seeing to. ;)

about the picture kirsty. thanks. i know we are all biased towards our little fluff balls. but jadan does the funniest things. i have soo many pictures of him in action doing things that i didnt know which one to put on so got my teenager to change it for me, just so i could show him off :lol: :lol: :lol: :wggle: arent i a big girl!! hope it hasnt confused people. :flwr:

4th October 2006, 06:44 AM
Litttle late reading this one but my girls have their dew claws and I did mention them to the vet. He was the one who told me not to get it done as the operation can cause problems. So I decided that if the vet didn't think that it was a good idea I wasn't going ahead with it (although I know that they are not infallible).
Julie and the girls

4th October 2006, 03:32 PM
Kosmo still has his dews as well and they haven't been a problem this far. It's kind of a pain to clip them .. OK a HUGE pain to clip them, but he does fine with them and they haven't caused any kind of problems. The vet didn't even mention it when we went to took him to be neutered either. I would think that if it were a problem she would have at least addressed it.. ;) good luck!

If you have problems trimming dews-- sometimes using human toe nail cutters works better.

6th October 2006, 09:07 PM
can you really use those toe nail cutters... i ask because at least i am used to those and find the look of those dog nail clippers really big and clumpy. :?