I am going to remove Dewclaws on my own Pups...have enough information to feel comfortable to do this...but was told I should have a Silver Nitrate Pencil or Permanganate of Potash (Condy's Crystals) on hand to apply after removing Declaw. Does anyone know where I can purchase this. It's to stop bleeding. I Need it quickly...Puppy is 3 days old today...have to do it by 5th day of age. Thanks!
***Edited By: KLa412 on 9/11/2006 7:50:23 PM*** Reason: Left out information
If you have no clue where to buy it.....you should not be doing it. I do know where to buy it and it is to stop the NAILS from bleeding when you clip nail, not for removal of nails......That you would be clipping a vein.......go to a vet........don't be cheap about it and get it done right.
HH soft paws in no way help this discusion. He is not talking aobut removing cats claws, he is talking about removing DEWCLAWS from a dog. They are on the side of their feet, sometime all 4 sometimes only on 2, they are alomst always removed.
Removing dewclaws, IMO, is NOT "mutilating" the animals. Intact declaws, again IMO, cause more harm than leaving them cause good or no harm (throughout the life of the dog). Once you see a dog tear up one of his legs because one of his dewclaws got caught on something (I've seen a few), you'd probably agree with me...their removal, at a very young age, will preclude the pain they'd have to go through if (probably more like "when") they tore one later in life.
I would hazard a guess (just a guess, now) that most dewclaw removal is done by breeders when the puppies are very young, similar to human baby boys getting circumcised(sp?). I do NOT, however, feel that novice breeders should take this on themselves. Get the first few litters done by a vet and WATCH and LEARN!
BTW, the NAIL does not bleed (the nail is dead tissue, just as your fingernails, where white, are dead), the QUICK (the blood supply to the nail) bleeds. The things the OP is looking for will stop/slow bleeding by enhancing the clotting factor of the blood.
***Edited By: gbroxon on 9/11/2006 8:54:29 PM*** Reason: *
Dew claws need to be removed at 2-3 days of age, 5 days is waaayyyy to old! If you don't know this then you definitly shouldn't be doing it yourself! It's not easy, even if you take them off, if it is not done right they will grow back! Take them to the vets!
My dogs all have their dewclaws, save a few who came to me having had them removed already. My only fulltime indoor dog is my Pomeranian, he has his dewclaws and has no problems at all, I use the soft paw coverings on him.
I would really recommend having the vet do it. My vet cauterizes the area after they are removed. I have never done it myself and i have never wanted to. Bring them to the vet. Watch while they do it. Its easier to learn by watching than from reading it in a book. Before i cut the spurs on my roosters i helped a friend do his.
Another thought. Can you bring the pups to the vet and have him watch you do it? That way if something happens hes right there. That way your getting the experience but you also have help.
I've had to assist my employer (veterinarian) with many of these procedures. It involves more than just cutting off the nail. After he takes off the part of the dewclaw that you see on the outside of the paw, he goes into that incision and also removes the joint that the dewclaw was attached to. This way the nail won't regenerate. He also sews the incision back up instead of just using silver nitrate. That way when it heals, there isn't a scar. He charges $8.50 a pup to do this. How can a breeder be so cheap as to possibly mutilate a dog for the rest of it's life rather than paying a professional to do the dewclaws?
I watched 3 different vets over 10 years take off tails and dew claws. I have never ever seen one do anything other than snip off the appendage and stop the bleeding. I have never ever seen one dig in to the leg or stitch any thing on a dew claw. Ever.
I have taken off dew claws on pug puppies with large toe nail clippers (human) and most did not bleed at all. Otherwise it is nothing that quick-stop could not handle.
On boxers we use hemostats (sp). Breeders have been taking off tails and dew claws for many years and they still will continue to do it safely, and with out complication.
It should be done by 3 days though. I think op has missed out.
FYI- I have seen other 'vets' work where dew claws grew back, and tails that had awful 'stumps' at the end. Vets are people too you know.
I watched 3 different vets over 10 years take off tails and dew claws. I have never ever seen one do anything other than snip off the appendage and stop the bleeding. I have never ever seen one dig in to the leg or stitch any thing on a dew claw. Ever. ********************************************** Well maybe my vet is the only one. I've assisted him with this several times and I know exactly what he does. It works awesome and there isn't any scars.
I wasn't trying to get you worked up Alicat1. I was referring to the OP who has obviously never done it before and is quickly running out of time to try to figure it out.
I'm aware that many people do this themselves. But would you recommend someone just doing it without knowing how? At least take your pups to the vet or to someone else with experience the first time and learn how to do it right. The reason I made the comment about being cheap is because the OP started a thread yesterday asking how much vets charge to do dewclaws. (I know I'm assuming and that I shouldn't) but I'm assuming that the OP didn't like the answers that she got and has decided to do it on her own.
I've only seen the silver nitrate sticks in the pet supply catalogs, never in any stores. By the time you pay the shipping cost PLUS the extra amount to have it sent overnight since you need it like yesterday, you may as well just call the vet in the morning and go ahead and make your appointment to have them do it.