My six month old corgi has both dewclaws. The breeder said that she leaves the dewclaws on all her puppies because it is not a requirement of the breed standard. Is this really true? Well, I was thinking that having them removed will be better for her, so she won't get them caught on anything, ecspecially when she is running at high speeds. I want to get her involved in agility and I am concerned because with all the running and jumping she could get them caught. Is it to late to have them removed? How painful is it?
I think they can be removed at any age, but at 6 months old it will probably require your dog being given anesthetic. They will need to cauterize the spot where they removed dew claw in a dog that old. It is usually done at 3 days old. When she wakes up, it will probably be sore for a few days. I'm not positive about this, but I don't think any breed standard requires that they are removed. Think it's just a chioce.
Actually there are some breed standards that require that dewclaws be removed. Most say 'usually removed'. Some standards actually require dewclaws be present, like Briards and great pyrenese. In briards, it's a disqualification for there not to be double dewclaws (2 instead of 1). In Great pyrenese, it's not a disqualification, but a pretty major fault, double dew claws are part of the genetic lineage of that breed. Sarah, are you noticing your dog's dewclaws getting caught up on things? Like carpet or anything? If you keep the nail on the dewclaw trimmed down regularly, it probably will not get caught on things. But if you are already noticing the dewclaws catching on things and you do keep it trimmed, you may want to consider having them removed. She will have to be put under anesthesia (if she's not spayed, you may be able to have them removed while she is under anesthesia for that). I asked our vet how much it would cost once, and he said $70. Not sure if thats a 'per claw' basis or what though.
in our practice we remove the dewclaws at the owners request when the pet comes in to be spayed or neutered. if the dewclaws are really loose, not attached to the bone or muscle, they should be removed so they don't get caught on anything and be ripped off. if they are really tight to the leg then it is your option to have them removed. if you choose to keep them then cut them on a frequent basis. they are up high so the nail tends to grow longer than the other nails because they don't get worn down with walking.
I will be taking her in to get spayed at the beggining of April. I will also see about getting them removed then. Her declaws are pretty close to the bone. They are not loose, so maybe they will not be a problem if I keep them clipped. THey have not got caught on anything, so I will see what the vet tells me. I would not want to put her through something that is not necessary. Thanks guys for all the wonderful advice!
Good luck with it. See what your vet has to suggest. Some dogs will never have problems with them and others you just never know. It can be quite painful if they 'catch' them but it's also hit or miss. If you decide to keep them do the dog a favour and keep them short!