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While there probably are compelling reasons to leave the dew claws on, nail cutting probably isn't one of them, as my Tito is by far the best of my guys when it comes to that, and he's the only one who had the dews removed.
I'm glad Tito doesn't have his when I see the stuff he gets tangled up in out in the field. I picture torn dew claws on a regular basis.
That said, I've read Chris Zink's article and it makes lots of valid points for leaving the dew claws on. Also our acupuncture vet has mentioned that there are a lot of nerves and points there, another compelling argument for leaving them on.
CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD NN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"