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Dew Claws Questions and Recommendations

Kristy Crooks, Whippet Owner

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003

My 4 month old whippet puppy, Lily, still has her dewclaws, and the vet mentioned she could remove them at her spay in a month or two, but I'm not sure if it's necessary. Our other whippets had theirs removed before we bought them. Lily's pretty athletic and outgoing, so I'm imagining we'll try agility or flyball, and I just don't know what the odds are that her dewclaws will get torn or caught on something and break. My first instinct is, if it's not broken, don't fix it, but if ripped-off dewclaws are common, I'll go ahead and have it done. Any opinions?

Thanks, Kristy Crooks


Vickie Ngala, Whippet Owner

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003

I had one with her dewclaws on; she raced, lure coursed, and open field coursed, and never had a problem with them. If you are worried you can put a band of vetwrap to cover them.

Vickie Ngala

Louise Hoelscher, Poet's Corner

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003

I've got an almost 5 year old bitch who has her dew claws. She races (straight and oval), lure courses and does agility. Never had a problem with her dew claws.

Louise Hoelscher
Poet's Corner
Whippets & Greyhounds

Jean Ueltschy, Wheeling Whippets

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003

In a message dated 1/10/2003, Kristy Crooks writes:

?but I'm not sure if it's necessary [to remove the dewclaws].

Absolutely, especially if she is athletic. They can become entangled in long tall grass and RIPPED out, a nasty sight and scene, removal is imperative in my books, we did every one of ours at three days.

Jean G. Ueltschy
Wheeling Whippets with winning ways