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I personally, have never heard of this. Surely a vet would only do so for health needs? Maybe other members will be able to comment. Welcome to ES by the way!
I have never had any of mine removed but I know some breeders like to have it done. They say dogs can pull them out when running in woods. In over 30 years now with several Irish setters I have never had any problems with dew claws and yes my dogs do field training too! :-0
I dont remove dew claws either, as in my experience, dogs do use them when holding bones and to scratch aroung the ears or top of their head!!! ;) My dogs do anyway. I have never had a problem with dew claws!!!! I was chastised by a UK breeder once when she saw that I had not removed dew claws from my dog????? Quite arrogant about it, in fact!! I also dont cut off whiskers on my show dogs ;) They need them too ;)
My 10 year old male has his dew claws. We rescued him at the age of 3 years old. We bought our puppy from a breeder and her dew claws had been removed before we got her. Our only negative experience with the dew claws is with snow balling up in his feet which results in him chewing them out. So we have been putting boots on him to avoid the problem. The dew claws get in the way of where the boots cinch up. I've been through several brands of boots and the dew claws always present a problem. Either I tuck them in the cuff of the boots and they get sore or they hang over the top of the cuff and get sore. I would never consider removing them though at his age. After we noticed our little girl's lack of dew claws I did some research and found that some breeders remove them at 3 days of age. I'm guessing that's when her's were removed because they were completely well healed when we got her at 8 weeks. From what I've read if they're not removed at this early age it's like cutting off someone's thumb after they've learned to use it! The breeder we bought from uses her setters on a dog sled team (what a sight!) and for hunting, not showing. I've seen our boy use his dew claws to grip items he chews on but the lack of doesn't seem to affect our little girl. I suppose it's personal preference.
Great idea and wonderful pictures. I had tried Musher's Secret but it made his feet so slippery in the house and worked marginally well in the snow. I'm thinking of trimming the hair on his feet but haven't done that yet. We haven't had much snow this year so it hasn't been much of a problem.