A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Removing Rear Dewclaws on Puppies


What are Rear Dewclaws on Puppies?

Rear dewclaws are vestigial digits found on the legs of many mammals, including dogs. On a puppy, rear dewclaws are located higher up on their hind leg and are connected to their leg by a ligament or tendon. These claws appear as extra toes, much like a thumb or extra finger on a human hand.

For some breeds, such as Great Pyrenees or Briards, rear dewclaws provide an evolutionary advantage that allows them to function more effectively in the wild. for example, double-dewclawed dogs have firmer footing on slippery surfaces due to having two extra toes above the heel which allow for better traction. Other breeds such as Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs use their additional claws when herding sheep; by providing powerful braking abilities and grip not available with just four toes per paw.

Most commonly though, Rear Dewclaws offer no functional benefit but simply serve as an anatomical curiosity—which is evident in pet puppies who lack any specialized purpose for them. Before bringing home your pet pup (or adopting from rescue) you should be sure to have their front and back dewclaws checked out at the vet since these replicas can occasionally become overgrown nails that could potentially cause discomfort or pose a health hazard if left untreated!

Why Should You Remove Rear Dewclaws from a Puppy?

Removing rear dewclaws from a puppy is an important and necessary procedure which can help to protect their health and quality of life. Rear dewclaws are extra digits that grow high up on a pup’s hind legs, similar in shape to the other toes on that paw but not completely attached to the leg bone. In some cases, the rear dewclaw may even be growing in an almost vertical position and not lying flat against the ground—this is especially true for breeds like Great Pyrenees and Briards who have very long or double dewclaws.

The problem with rear dewclaws is that they can easily get caught or snagged on various surfaces, leading to severe trauma for your pup. Dewclaws can cause painful breaks or twists to occur within the lower leg joint, requiring costly surgery and rehabilitation for your pup. Removing these extra digits early in life greatly reduces this risk; doing so will provide your pup with better overall protection from nasty injuries throughout its lifetime. Furthermore, after removal most pups experience little more than minor discomfort as opposed to major physical injury caused by leaving them intact.

In addition to potential medical issues, keeping rear dewclaws can also cause behavioral problems like restlessness due to chronic pain caused by catching a painful toe when walking or running around everyday household items like furniture edges or unseen carpet fibers around the home. Removing the claws before any of these unwanted issues take hold will help ensure your puppy grows up happy and healthy!

Steps to Preparing for Dewclaw Removal

Dewclaw removal is a common and oftentimes necessary procedure for many different breeds of dogs. Removing the dewclaws in puppies helps improve their health and free them from potential harm or discomfort later on in life. While the process may seem intimidating, proper preparation can ensure that it goes smoothly for both you and your pup.

The first step before having your pup’s dewclaws removed is to schedule an appointment with a qualified veterinarian who is experienced with this type of procedure. Your vet will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide insight as to the best course of action for your pet’s health and safety. Additionally, depending on the breed and size of your canine companion, certain medications may be prescribed prior to the surgery.

Next, make sure that you follow any pre-operative instructions from your vet such as fasting or withholding food before surgery day. These precautionary steps are designed to help prevent complications during anesthesia administration or infection after the procedure has been complete – both ultimately protecting them from as much stress or harm as possible during surgery. If applicable for your particular situation, be sure to bring along all medications (including pain medication) scheduled by the vet for post-surgery recovery in order for them to administer immediately post-procedure.

Lastly, familiarize yourself with what signs denote an issue following dewclaw removal so that if they arise you’ll know meaningfully interpret them quickly – helping you take swift action if necessary: swelling near or around incision site(s), excessive bleeding, fever, lethargy/lack of appetite are just a few signs that might require medical attention right away – all easily spotted based on symptoms alone.. Additionally, keep in mind when preparing post-op care instructions at home that puppies should refrain from vigorous activities such as running or jumping while they heal which serves as even more of a reason why keeping an eye out for these signs can save you and your pup some unecessary suffering!

Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Removing Rear Dewclaws from a Puppy

Rear dewclaws are vestigial toes that can be found on the hind legs of some domestic dogs. Though not all puppies have them, this procedure will help you remove them safely and with ease if your furry companion was born with rear dewclaws. Keep in mind that by getting rid of these claws, which usually don’t touch the ground, your puppy may be more prone to sprains and strains in its hind legs because of the missing support the claws normally provide when running or jumping.

Step One: Schedule an Appointment

Prior to attempting any kind of removal, it is best to consult your veterinarian and schedule an appointment. Your vet can assess whether or not removing the dewclaw is necessary and advise you as to which course of action is best suited for your pet’s situation. It is also a good idea to find out what kind of anesthesia will be used during the surgery – depending on how old your pup is, general medications might be needed for a successful procedure.

Step Two: Sterilize Any Utensils Needed

If it has been deemed necessary for the dewclaw(s) to come off, make sure that any instruments used during operation are sterilized. Make sure there are no bacteria or germs present on them before proceeding – it is best to wash utensils with warm water mixed with a few drops of mild detergent before usage as well

Post-Surgery Care and Recovering Tips

Post-surgery care and recovery tips are essential if you want to ensure a speedy and healthy recovery. It is important to follow the instructions given by your doctor carefully, as this will greatly reduce the risk of complications. Here are some tips to help you take good care of yourself after surgery:

• Rest. After major surgery, it is important to rest as much as possible and give your body plenty of time to heal. This means avoiding strenuous activity, such as housecleaning or too much exercise, allowing your body some extra time and energy to focus on healing itself.

• Eat well. Eating healthy foods that are high in protein, such as lean meats and fish, while low in fat will help provide the nutrients needed for both the healing process and overall wellness. Additionally, try drinking plenty of water and taking vitamins according to instructions from your doctor or pharmacist.

• Get enough sleep. Sleep helps the body repair itself faster so be sure you get enough rest at night after a surgery procedure. If you find it hard to fall or stay asleep due to pain or discomfort from sleeping in one position for long periods of time, talk with your doctor about ways that may help you sleep better without worsening any tension on affected areas through positions taken when sleeping in bed versus sitting up in a recliner chair for instance; depending on your particular area of concern regarding post-surgery recuperation protocols involved..

• Avoid lifting heavy objects & physical activities/contact sports. Lifting heavy objects can subject delicate areas that were repaired during surgery—or general fragile states—to further stress which could potentially re-open incisions or lead to muscle strain thereby halting progress towards full recovery; hence the importance of avoiding certain movements in physical activities such as contact sports until approved by medical staff when they believe you have reached suitable levels where expectations indicate those actions won’t interfere with ongoing stages rendering having been successful at rehabilitation efforts noticed between appointments scheduled along the recovery period timeline expected overall duration should remain upon plan schedule projects projected initially following treatments provided regarded concerns matter discussed at length relative relevance necessary operations required thereafter once properly evaluated mentioned previous dialog/information viewed necessary before proceeding do advise compliance measurements agreed upon therein stated towards operations concern shared recognized during initial visit(& possibly enhanced since if deemed applicable toward potential alternative improvement processes afterwards) .

FAQs About Removing Rear Dewclaws on Puppies


Q: What are rear dewclaws?

A: Rear dewclaws are the extra toes located on the back legs of a puppy. Found high up near the hock area, it is believed to be an evolutionary remnant from their canid ancestors, and many breeds have them naturally. They often dangle loose, as if they were attached only by a bit of skin.

Q: Should I get them removed?

A: This is a personal decision that should be made on an individual basis by weighing the pros and cons of each situation. On some puppies, having them intact can act as a useful aid while running or hopping over obstacles because they help provide extra stability and grip. For other pups that lead more sedentary lives, there may be less reason to keep them on. Depending on your pup’s breed and lifestyle you should discuss with your vet whether getting this done is necessary or not.

Q: Is it painful for my puppy to remove his/her rear dewclaws?

A: Yes, this procedure does involve anaesthesia which carries risks – however with careful pre-anaesthetic blood testing and check ups these risk can be kept to a minimum with experienced practitioners like the staff of RSPCA Animal Clinics special conditions such as obesity can increase risks associated with anaesthesia in general therefore if possible try to obtain healthier weight information if your pet falls into this category before having any procedures done. It’s also important for you to discuss any concerns you have about anaesthesia prior booking in procedures like this as our staff is always willing to answer any questions related to safety protocols we employ during our treatment processes.

Q: Will removing their rear dewclaws stop behavioural issues rising later on in life?

A: No, while removing the rear dewclaws may reduce minor irritation due to mats forming around them when left long, there’s no scientific evidence that removing these extra nails prevents behavioural issues arising later on. Behavioural issues depend on effective socialisation during early life stages and correct reward-based training throughout all stages thus removal of rear claws will not replace proper management and training methods employed by owners our RSPCA Advise team recommends looking at both factors instead when trying tackle behaviour problems commonly seen in young animals if present today!