Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: boots and dew claws

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    26
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default boots and dew claws

    Teiglin frequently wears booties when it's cold outside and we've never had any sort of problem before, but today when we came inside I noticed that his dew claw was bleeding. It looks like part of it just snapped off! I had just clipped his claws earlier in the day, so it's not like they were really long or anything. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? Needless to say, I'm a bit worried now...
    Jessica, Mum to Teiglin

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Chattanooga TN
    Posts
    1,742
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I think Momay has had the same problem.

    http://cavaliertalk.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7078
    Lindsay
    Proud mom of Spencer (tri), Izzy (blen), Tilly (tri) and Howie the cava-cat

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    512
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Oh that's terrible! Poor boy. You'll need to take him to the vet to have the rest removed perhaps.

    I know when I started to put boots on Coco, she once cried out. It was because her dew got stuck or pulled the wrong way. Again, her nail wasn't long either. I just had to be extra cautious putting on the boots so that the dew didn't get caught or pulled.

    I think this is one reason some vets here and maybe in U.S. say it is a good idea to remove dew claws. They can get caught on things when they are running around outside, etc. and then they'll have to remove them. Seems cruel to remove a whole appendage, but if it really does get in the way... I don't know enough to form an opinion.

    I hope Teiglin is okay. Coco wears Muttluks- it looks like your boy is wearing the same.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Salem, MA
    Posts
    97
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Hi!
    Yes, we have had problems with Sofee's dew claws getting irritated when wearing the boots. Her paws seem to be the same width as her ankles, so the boots just don't stay on well unless they are pretty tight around her ankles.
    I have tried 4 different pairs and have come up with a combo of one brand for the front and one for the back. Or course I don't have the names right now, but if you need them, I'd be happy to post them later today when I get home.
    My husband asked about getting her dew claws removed also, but I need to do more research on this too.
    Good luck with your boots. We live in New England so they are a must during the winter if we want to walk her, which we doing a few times a day at least. We are waiting for the warm weather to return!!
    Momay - Mum to Sofee Marie - 23 month old Tri

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    2,466
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Kosmo still has his dews and we use muttluks. We have to be careful not to snag them but I generally will fold down the legging part and put in his paw and then fold it back up. It's hard to explain but it can be done.
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    26
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Teiglin is doing fine again- it was just a little bit of the nail that came off, but perhaps because I had just clipped the claw the quick was just that much closer to the end, resulting in the blood I'm not sure that I want to remove his dew claws, but if this happens again I might have to seriously consider it.
    Momay, I would love to know what brands you found to work on different legs, thank you! Teiglin has had Muttluks and also a cheaper pair from the Co-op, that really stay on quite well but don't seem to last as well as the Muttluks.
    Jessica, Mum to Teiglin

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    24,051
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    15

    Default

    There's also wax that can be put on the pads of their paws to protect them. It would seem a bit drastic to amputate something just so that a dog can wear bootees!! Most dogs do quite well in cold weather and snow without needing human-made footwear. This is a breed used sometimes for hunting in its heritage in a country that regularly -- especially in all the centuries up to this globally warmed one -- got snow. And no one put boots on dogs for all those centuries. At the height of cavalier popularity, the Charles II period, Europe was in the midst of a mini ice age as well! I also note the Icelandic cavaliers are not outside in booties in pics that I have seen -- and an Icelandic winter is a heck of a lot colder than anywhere in the US except Alaska. Why not just try the dogs without the boots?
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Lily Tansy Libby Mindy
    In memory: Lucy Leo
    Cavalier SM Information site:www.smcavaliers.com

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    2,466
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Karlin -

    I'm kind of embarassed to say this but my dogs areWEINERS! They lift up their paws and cry after 3 minutes of being out in that snow. I guess maybe the difference is that our snow is really ice because it freezes so hard.. I don't know but they are too big of weiners to be able to go out barefoot.
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    26
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Teiglin is a wuss too! If it's below -10 C he wears boots if we're going to be outside more than a few minutes. If it's too cold he is miserable and just hops about on as few legs as possible. It's so bad that the first time he did that (before I even considered buying boots) I thought he must have really hurt himself! I've never been to Iceland, but I know that here in Canada even the dog sledders boot their dogs... brrr but that's a cold sport!
    Jessica, Mum to Teiglin

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    2,466
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Hey Jessica,

    It's OK - at leats we are honest!

    Also another benefit of booties is that they get out the salt and ice - which I know paw wax protects against but they also keep their feet dry - which is a big in my book!
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •