when my dog went to get fixed at 18monnths old we looked into removing the dew claws, cause he would go into the woods on trails and he almost tore one off. (he has all four, the front ones are tight against his leg while the back seem very loose)
when the vet examined him they told me that it would be very painful cause there was a lot of bone there and the recuperation time would be lengthy. so we didn't do it.
now all dogs are different, what does your vet say??
most of the time they are done when born, but some breeders don't.
now when we go into a wooded area I wrap the dew claws with vet wrap around his paw, it seems to help and I don't have to worry about him ripping them. once in a while I'll have to replace the wrap on the walk.
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