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dewclaw

(do͞o′klô′, dyo͞o′-)
n.
A short digit that does not reach the ground, found on the feet of dogs and certain other mammals.

dewclaw

1. the rudimentary first digit of dogs and cats, found on the inner side of the front legs, above the weight-bearing digits. These are commonly removed from puppies at an early age because of the susceptibility to injury throughout life. Occasionally found on the hindlegs of some dogs and in some breeds this is required, e.g. the Great Pyrenees dog and Briard in which double rear dewclaws must be present.
2. the accessory claws of the ruminant foot.

dewclaw slough
sequel to laminitis, severe edema of the lower extremity, severe coronitis.
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What about those who argue removing dewclaws (and docking tails, for that matter) traumatizes dogs or affects their learning capacities?
However, removal of dewclaws on an adult dog requires general anesthesia and is a more involved procedure.
Long pasterns make the leg look crooked; they should have some angle but not be so long that the dewclaws touch the ground.
Their double dewclaws are intact and serve to help the dogs gain footing on the ice.
If he throws weak pasterns, you can expect the kids to walk on their dewclaws before they freshen.
We have had to pull porcupine quills, trim dewclaws, give shots, doctor cuts and lacerations, and be able to put them up when we need to.
We have the tails and dewclaws removed by a vet between three and five days.