question about dew claw

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Hello - ok I may be a bad mamma for just noticing this but.. One of the kid's dew claws is not completely removed. It doesnt seem to bother him and I didnt notice it until I got a paw to the face today and grabbed it to tell him no... Is this something I should have the vet look at? or is it no big thing?

 

Also - he is still partially bald on his ears... Is that normal due to the taping process... Fully grown in on tips and middle but at the bottom they are only partially fur covered?!!?

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 Dew claws are not a health issue. They should have been removed when tail was docked. If the pup is over 16 weeks, I would not recomend having it removed. Instead, I wouls keep it clipped so that the pup does not end up ripping it out on something and not be too concerned.

Balding on the ears, lol, It should all grow back. If an adhesive remover is used vs ripping off the taping, the ears lose less hair. Some Dobes have abit of rust coloring at the lower backside of ears that you have to look closely to see. If so, don't worry, the black will be predominant and will grow in fine. It can take several weeks for all the hair to grow back in. 

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Ziva had missing hair on her ears from tape removal, retaping and removing so often....I didnt think it would ever fill in, but it all did.  He'll be fine  :)

Dewclaw was not cut close enough?  Shouldnt bother him, especially if it has been cut short enough that no toe nail will grow. 

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Sofia has both her dew claws.. never any trouble.

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One puppy from one of my litters had a dewclaw that tried to grow back - obviously, it wasn't removed properly.  The owner's vet re-did it, and my vet here that did it in the first place reimbursed the new owner's vet for the procedure. 

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Sorry for the question which I'm sure will make me go "DuH!" but what is the reason for removing the dew claws??

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Thanks guys! MAybe it did grow back a little or was there all along- it is just a little lets call it "nub"... It doesn't seem to bother him. My husband says he noticed it a couple weeks ago and it is no bigger... So maybe I just missed it.. The hair thing I figured was from the posting - its just at the base though- his tips are full! Oh well just concerned mommy stuff.

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Thanks guys! MAybe it did grow back a little or was there all along- it is just a little lets call it "nub"... It doesn't seem to bother him. My husband says he noticed it a couple weeks ago and it is no bigger... So maybe I just missed it.. The hair thing I figured was from the posting - its just at the base though- his tips are full! Oh well just concerned mommy stuff.

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oops double post sorry! How do I remove that when it happens?

Also he lost 2 front needles...er uh, teeth yesterday. I keep singing all I want for christmas is my 2 front teeth to him! I also sing the Hippo Christmas song to him and he does his doberdance moves... I finally found someone who likes my singing voice lol!

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Mr. Cisco is getting so big!! Steve swallowed most of his baby teeth so we never found any to keep. There is a little scar tissue I noticed on his paw the other day from where the dew claw was too.  I'm sure it's fine and it is just something to watch.  When they do the dew claw, they remove it when it is still cartilage and has growing cells.  Sometimes you get scar tissue.  I have never heard of one regrowing.. that is kind of crazy.

Kate -- dewclaws are commonly removed because they are often just fleshy attachments to the paws and if they get trapped in something or in play they can get ripped off and THAT is a bloody mess.  However, it's one of those things, where its also a little cosmetic too.  You do it within 3 days of birth, just like with tails, because like I said above its not fully developed so the puppy squeals when its off, then its glue to close, and back to momma.  When its done older its a little more of a headache because it requires anesthesia, bandaging, etc.  Typically when they aren't done they don't get removed unless there is a problem from them.