Hi Dr. Ferox, I had a question about dewclaws. Is removing them banned in Australia? I don't really see many people talk about removing them and where I live people usually have the dewclaws removed when the dog is very young. Is it similar to declawing a cat or docking a tail? I guess I just don't know if it's a cosmetic thing or there's a real purpose for it, sorry if this is confusing. I'm a cat owner and I don't know much about dog related things lol. Hope you have a good day!
Dewclaw removal is still legal but generally discouraged. Some breeders will do it themselves at 3-5 days old, and I’ve seen it done. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that pups that age don’t feel pain. The reason it’s still legal, while declawing, ear cropping and tail docking are not, is probably pressure from the greyhound racing industry, coupled with the fact that dewclaws sometimes cause problems.
When talking about dewclaws in dogs, it’s important to note the distinction between dewclaws on the front legs, which are well attached by bone, compared to those on the hind legs which can be attached by bone, but are often attached by skin only and can flop all over the place.
The hind dewclaws will often be removed at desexing, especially if they’re attached by only skin. This type of dewclaw is prone to injury and often will not wear down, requiring the owner to remember to trim them frequently, which is easier for some owners than others. So sometimes we remove them, under general anaesthesia and with pain relief.
Front dewclaws are almost always well attached by bone and are usually held neatly against the rest of the foot. We usually leave these, unless we’re having repeated problems with these nails for some reason. Most people chose to manage their dewclaw issues with either regular trimming, or a little bit of sports tape or elastoplast wrapped around the foot.
Dewclaws aren’t weight bearing, so removing them is not as detrimental as declawing in cats, however we should be asking ourselves whether surgically altering an animal is really necessary if non-surgical measures (trimming, sport tape) could be equally effective.
Compare dewclaw removal, which sometimes has some benefits for individual dogs, to ear cropping, which has zero benefits to the dog, or tail docking, which has zero benefits in most cases. This is why there’s still scope for sometimes removing dewclaws prophylactically.
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