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  • Many people remove their pets dew claws soon after birth. We recently got a puppy with both front and rear dew claws. In searching for dog boots to protect his feet from hot asphalt and questionable hiking trail conditions, I have noticed that the majority of reviews say that boots are not suitable for dogs with dew claws and can actually cause trauma. Further reading has given me the understanding that dew claws are frequently subject to trauma in a variety of situations, which is why most people have them removed. As much as I would never want to subject my sweet puppy to an unnecessary procedure, I am wondering if it would be a good idea to have his dew claws removed, and if banfield offers that service. Any insight is vastly appreciated.

    Hi Rebecca, I recommend that you talk to your local veterinarian about this. Many dogs do just fine with dewclaws and never have any issues while others may be at a higher risk of injury. The risk of this will depend on your individual dog’s activity level, and the size and number of dewclaws present. Your vet knows your pet and they can advise you if they should be removed or not.


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