are a vestige of dogs' evolution from tree-climbing cats 40 million years ago, says scientist and best-selling author Stanley Coren,
(doo-claw) A remnant of an evolutionary toe that protrudes from the back of the metacarpals (metatarsals).
Proponents of dewclaws
argue that dewclaws
are not vestigial, but indeed used to grip objects such as bones, and to provide important traction when a galloping dog needs to change direction.
Even more dubious, if dewclaw
imprints were present, he'd proclaim with all the assuredness of the sun rising tomorrow that they were buck tracks.
The AKC position statement says, "The American Kennel Club recognizes that ear cropping, tail docking, and dewclaw
removal, as described in certain breed standards, are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving breed character and/or enhancing good health.
If the dog's dewclaw
has been removed, just place your thumb or fingers on top of where it was.
While I do agree that ear cropping is purely cosmetic, and should probably be banned, I strongly disagree about your position on dewclaw
I'm being purposely provocative for using the phrase "cosmetic surgery" as a catchall phrase for the topics discussed in the article: tail docking, ear cropping, and dewclaw
At 4 dpi, 7 of 16 pigs had intact or ruptured vesicular lesions on the coronary bands of toes and dewclaws
or the interdigital space of [greater than or equal to] 1 feet (Figure 1).
In addition to this a semi-circular ring block was performed in palmar aspect with 6 ml 2% Lignocaine at a level above the dewclaws
to block the left out sensitive nerve branches with care to avoid perineural injection.
Assuming a normal pregnancy and delivery, I will start with recommending removal of the dewclaws
and docking the tails if necessary at two or three days of age.
For many years the prevailing wisdom was retrievers ought to have their dewclaws
removed, lest they become snagged on debris en route to a downed mallard.