Originally Posted by mylissyk
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.