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Why remove dewclaws?

why do they take out the declaws on a dog? i have standard poodles and my vet says to get it done,can you tell me why and if it really makes a difference one way or another? thank you again

Dewclaws are usually removed to prevent them from catching and tearing while "Fido" is out frolicking in the field. As I have said before, I recommend the dewclaws in sporting breeds be removed at 2-5 days of age. For older dogs, the dewclaws are firmly attached by bone and I don't remove them unless they become a problem. The exception would be the dog with hind dewclaws that are loosely attached by a ligament, I remove these at the owners earliest convenience regardless of the dogs age.

Dr. Mike

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