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When Should Your Dog’s Dewclaw Be Removed?

June 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Boston terriers, amongst other dogs, have dew claws which are like the front claws but grow higher up on the paw, thus not making contact with the ground.

These are not dead claws, as they can help a dog to grip light things, but many people decide to have them removed. If you have a Boston terrier puppy then the best time to have the dewclaw removed is when the pup is between three and five days old.

If, however, you decide to get the dewclaw removed when the Boston terrier is a little older then you can do so, but the dog will have to go under general anaesthetic to have the procedure carried out.

It is therefore a good idea to consider having this done when you take the dog in for neutering, as he can then have the two procedures carried out at the same time, thus avoiding having to go under anaesthetic on two occasions.

However, do bear in mind that your dog’s recovery time will be longer if you do this, as he will have two procedures to recover from rather than just the one.

There are “conflicting views” on whether the dewclaw of the dog should or should not be removed. Some argue that the dewclaw helps the dog to gain traction when running, but in some dogs the dewclaw scrapes on the flaw when they run, and this can result in the nail wearing down.

You may also find that if your dog’s dewclaw does not wear down in this way you need to keep on top of the claw trimming, otherwise he will end up with a nail like a spike sticking out of his dewclaw!

Another argument in whether a dog’s dewclaw should be removed is that it can be prone to damage and injury. Your dog’s dew claws are loosely attached to the paw, and this means that if he is running around or gets himself into a scrap he could end up getting it caught.

This could result in the dewclaw ripping, or your dog could damage it and get some sort of infection.

This is something that you may want to bear in mind when considering whether or not to get your Boston terriers dew claws removed.

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