dewclaw


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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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Dewclaws are a vestige of dogs' evolution from tree-climbing cats 40 million years ago, says scientist and best-selling author Stanley Coren,
Dewclaw (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 removal.
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 removal.
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.