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View Poll Results: Does your golden have it's dew claws?
Yes, still has them. 53 68.83%
Nope, not there. 14 18.18%
Yes, but not by my choice. 5 6.49%
No, but not by my choice. 1 1.30%
Other (because there always have to be an other) - Please explain. 4 5.19%
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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 07:28 PM
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There is also speculation on how the stress of the procedure can have long term effects.


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My retired breeding bitch has 3. She has 2 on the front, and only one on the back. It has no quick in it and it can be cut right up to the leg. I will have it removed when I spay her, apparently the breeder didn't notice it at birth. None of her puppies had the extra dew claw
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Originally Posted by mylissyk View Post
Are you aware that having dew claws removed on an adult dog is fairly involved surgery? It is like removing a thumb. It can have a difficult time healing because the foot has very little skin to sew together at the surgery sight. I would encourage you to reconsider having them removed, or at least have a very detailed conversation with the vet about what all is involved.

They are easy to remove when the puppies are just days or weeks old because it is still cartilage and has not calcified into bone yet.
Yup, I am aware but I am also aware of the dangers of a ruptured dewclaw in the field, the pain associated with it and the fact that a rupture can also damage the leg itself.
Yes, it does depend on how the dew claw is and develops. Some are quite close to the leg and if kept trimmed they do not present such a high risk in the field; however some are not that close to the leg and even if kept trimmed down would still be in danger of rupturing.

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Both Kailey and Jackson have their dew claws removed.
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Of my ten Goldens that I have owned, two had dewclaws removed by breeders. I do not remove dewclaws and I have never had a problem....

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I did other, because one does have them,the other 3 do not, I prefer them not to have them.

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