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Dew Claws | Countless Mountain Labradors


I typically get requested about dewclaws on pups.  Will we take away them?  Ought to we take away them?  Nicely, right here’s my reply…

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We don’t take away dewclaws. First, as a result of we don’t predominately breed discipline labs which are going to be closely hunted in thick brush.  Secondly, as a result of they do it at 2 weeks outdated, with no anesthesia (and I can’t stand the sound of screaming puppies in ache), and likewise the potential of an infection in a pup so younger.  In the event you want to hunt your pup in thick brush, you possibly can both take away the dewclaws instantly after it goes dwelling, or have it executed when the canine is asleep when spaying or neutering it. Even my present canines have their dew claws, so I don’t even do it for “beauty causes”, as God did intend this claw to be there…we don’t simply take away it except a selected canine has some sort of drawback with its dew claws.

The dew claw is a canine’s thumb.  Watch one play with a toy or chew a bone generally, they use it on a regular basis, it is extremely helpful.   I don’t wish to chop off my canine’s thumbs.

Taking dew claws (which, by the way in which, was ONLY ever executed within the US) is as merciless as docking tails, or cropping ears.  The pups don’t care how they appear, all they really feel is the trauma.

New research have additionally discovered that snipping of the dew claw could cause injury to the joint.

The purpose at which they snip it’s also an important acupuncture level.

I select to maintain my dew claws.  Its in one of the best curiosity of my canines.  If you wish to do one thing useful with the dewclaw, simply merely preserve that nail quick…most canine house owners completely ignore that nail or let it get to lengthy.

Bridge Creek Chocolate Labradors has an article on their web site that’s written by a veterinarian about this topic.

Hope that helps!

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