I'm feeling really horrible, the vet called today and told me I needed to bring the pups in to have thier dew claws removed. The problem is we have spent a large amount of money on Sammy and just can't afford another $125.00 right now. Sammy isn't the only one we have taken in we are also a foster family for babies and have to manage our money closely. Is it totally necessary to have them removed? None of my other dogs have had them removed and they did fine. If the concensous is have it done then I will figure it out.
IMHO having the dew claws removed can go either way. I've heard people say it's necessary because they can get caught on things or hung up. But my dogs have always had dewclaws on the front legs (it's typically the rear ones only that are removed) and they never get caught on anything. In some purebred dogs, having dewclaws is actually required by the breed standard! I woulnd't stress about it in a mixed breed dog. If you don't think you can budget for it, I would say don't do it unless you really care about having it done. I don't think that having this done is nearly as necessary as getting shots and deworming and the like done.
The gal that gives local puppy obedience classes attended a seminar about 2 years ago. I cannot for the life of me remember exactly who/what, but she came home telling us that dewclaws had a very real use in maneuvering. It was a hard sell for me but it is another point of view. Among my friends I have 2 Samoyed breeders, GSD, French Bulldog, mini Dachshund, American Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, and of course Pomeranian breeders. Only the Sammy breeders and the poodle breeder worry about anything more than removing rear dewclaws. These are mostly people who show. The Canadian Great Pyrenees standard requires double dewclaws in the rear. Don't worry about it, they will be just fine. :-) Most vets will delay doing a litter unless they are well mothered up anyway, and your little guys are a wee bit behind.
I also would not worry if you can't get them removed -- not a big deal. But I have had many litters that I have had them removed, and have never been charged more than $7. each. However, when you add that up in the amount of puppies Sammy had....well...it adds up quickly.