"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

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What the heck are dew claws for?

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Do the Dew(claws)? by – M. Christine Zink DVM, PhD, DACVSMR

I am a vet that works exclusively with performance dogs, developing rehabilitation programs for injured dogs or dogs that have had surgery as a result of performance-related injuries. I have seen many dogs now, especially field trial/hunt test and agility dogs, that have had chronic carpal arthritis, frequently so severe that they have to be retired or at least carefully managed for the rest of their careers. Of the over 30 dogs I have seen with carpal arthritis, only one has had dewclaws. The others have all had them removed. See the PDF for the rest of the article. Dew Claw Explanation

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