choclab wrote:If dew claws were meant to be cut off the good lord would have made them with out em'. Leave them on I say. I have never had a problem with them. I think dew claws give extra traction when they run full bore. Maggie uses hers to hold on to stuff all the time also.
harvey1b wrote:this topic keeps coming up and we have discussed it several times.
Scientific research shows that sporting dogs use their dew claws like tumbs when make tight turns. Taking them off can lead to injuries such as torn ACLs. In conclusion: Do your hunting buddy a favor. . . LEAVE 'EM ON.
it is a vesitgal appendage, serves no purpose and can cause severe damage and lameness.
Should you do dews? Most shorthaired show dogs have their front dewclaws (which, technically, are not dewclaws but simply first digits; dewclaws are just the ones on the rear legs) removed simply to achieve a cleaner line to the leg. Dogs can snag and rip out dewclaws when running, so many breeders also do it to prevent injury. The propensity for injury seems to depend on how floppy the dewclaws are, with those that fit more snugly being less likely to snag. Many owners of performance running dogs contend that the front dewclaw is an important part of a dog's running gear. They point out that these digits are attached to muscles and ligaments that, when cut, no longer have a point of attachment, potentially weakening the wrist area. They also point out that these claws contact and grip the ground when running and turning at speed. The jury is still out on whether removing them is for better or for worse.
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