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Should dewclaws be removed?

Removing a pet’s dewclaws is not necessary but a matter of choice and circumstances. If the dewclaws are not loose and dangling, they will need regular trimming but not necessarily need removing. If the dewclaws are floppy and loose, they can present a hazard for your pet by catching on something and being torn off, get infected and be very painful. Many cat owners remove front dew claws for the indoor pet and for the safety of the owners, the home and the cat. When it comes to dogs,

 

if they are growing properly and tightly against the leg without causing any hazards to your pet’s regular life and playtime, they may not need to be removed. You should talk with your veterinarian to discuss the options of removing dewclaws or leaving them alone if they do not get in the way of a dog’s normal daily activities.

 

 

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