We've had rain and snow and more rain and my yard has turned into mud soup. Gross.
So I have a "foot station" in my mud room. The dogs come and get their paws wiped before going into the house. I went to wipe Dax's feet and she just screamed. I determined which front paw and examined it. The paw was fine, but the pain seemed to be coming from her dew claw.
The nail grows sort of sideways from that paw and she has never liked getting it clipped, it always seems to hurt her.
So of course a trip to the vet. He showed me where the nail had split down at the nail bed. Ouch!
So he could remove the nail and cauterize it, which would require her to be sedated or he could remove the whole dew claw, again requiring her to be sedated. I said, get rid of the thing, I've never liked how it grows sideways and it's been a problem to her for a long time.
So she stayed and both claws came off.
I had to work Wednesday and came to pick her up at about 6:15 that night. It was 6:35 by the time I paid and we left. I was due at church by 7:00 for Ash Wednesday services. That left no time to get her home and settled.
I took her with me to church, instead.
We slipped into a back pew and she was still so dopey that she dozed on and off through the imposition of the Ashes, but when we came to Pass the Peace before Communion, we slipped out again and went home.
The only people who noticed her were the ushers who saw us come in and the (oops!) priest who saw her during the processional.
One of the ushers even came over to us and passed the peace to Dax!
I love my church and I love my dog.
I've never had to have an adult dog go through this type of thing and she is not enjoying herself at all.
yes the older the dog the more it hurts them. i do my pup's when they are like 3 days old. they cry for like 10 seconds if that & that is all. i don't even know why people would even keep them on their pets for at all. the only reason to keep them on your dog is if you are going to put them in shows. a show dog cann't have anything cut off of them not even a tail.
Detour actually got his done when he got neutered last year. I don't know if it was the fact that he got both things done or not, but his dew claw removal did not bother him at all. The only thing he did was try to play with the tape that wrapped his back paws, and even that was only after a couple of days. (They started to "string" and that's when he noticed them) Other than that, he never even noticed.
It is much easier to remove the dewclaws of puppies, normally it is done from 3 to 5 days of age. It's a very simple procedure at that point and does not require major sedation.
For those that chose to wait, it is normally done when the dog is spayed or neutered, since it does require sedation.
My Japanese Chins weren't born with dewclaws, but my Labs had them. I did have most of my Lab puppies dewclaws removed, if it fell into the time frame that I could get a vet appointment for them.
It gives a cleaner leg profile, plus supposedly the dewclaws would not hook if the dogs were working in the field. However, my 2 best bitches both had dewclaws and I worked my Labs hard on land, swamp and water and they never tore a dew claw.
It does look better, aesthetically speaking, without the dangling thumbs on the dogs leg. I am sure she will be fine, eventually.
We rescued our pup when he was 4 1/2 mths. old. Took him to our vet the next day, set up an appt. for neutering the next week and I asked if he would please take the dew claws off at the same time.
He said, no, once they are a few weeks old, I will not do it. I asked why and he said because it is too painful for them, however, if they tear (shudder) or the nail splits, or anything like that, I will do it then.
Madde broke one of her dew claws. I saw her licking her foot alot, so I looked at it and saw pink fleshy stuff and her nail was almost gone. I have no idea how she did it. I wonder if they would take hers off if i asked them. Where did you take Dax for her dewclaw removal?
I know I have to remove my aussies dewclaws for show, but the few I have seen from puppy mills and rescues that didn't have it done, they are just hanging from the smallest about of skin. I have seen several aussies rip them off during play, man does that hurt. After that, I have never felt bad about having them removed at 3days lol
I took Dax to my normal vet. He is in St. Louis, Missouri. If you really want his name, pm me.
The thing I love about this vet is that if you are insane enough to have more than three animals (and you bring them to him for care within a 12 month period) he gives you 20% discount. I saved $40 on the annual shots (including the kennel cough shot), dew claw removal surgery and six months of heartworm preventative.
By the way, folks, no one seemed to think anything was unusual about my taking Dax to church. Do you routinely take your dogs to church?
Bode once broke the nail on his front dewclaw very close to the nail bed. The vet cut the nail down to a nub and cauterized it. He wore a bandage for a week. I'm not sure how he did it, but he was outside with a "friend" and they were barking at the neighbor's dog so I assume he got it stuck in the fence.
Illini, that's exactly what I discussed having done to Dax. But that minor surgery involves sedation and just removing the dew claws also involves sedation, so I opted for the removal.
Once the dew claws are removed, the possibility of further injury is gone!
By the way, she is doing much better and played in the yard with Paulo for twenty minutes this morning. She is still wearing the cone in the house. I call her to put it back on and she slouches up with her head down and eyes rolling. No troubles tying in on, though.
Ah, what's this?
The aroma of freshly chewed cat poop...
Apparently, Dax has discovered how to raid the cat box with the cone on.
When it happened to Bode the vet did not give removing dewclaws as an option, I'm not sure what I would have done if they did since he is/was older. Actually they told me it was my fault becuause his nails were not trimmed short enough, though I did not believe them.
This is the same vet who treated my dog for mange because they found half of what looked like a mite--in his stool.
I keep putting off finding a new vet. I really need to get on that. :-P
My dog, who is ten years old has her dew claws and we have never had a problem with them. She is a mixed breed. The male puppy we got did not have his removed and at first i was worried but i figured that if my other dog was fine for ten years the puppy should be fine. But getting them removed is supposed to be inexpensive especially if they are only a couple days old.