|Barked: Sat Sep 10, '05 3:13pm PST |
|I'm going to do this from what I think might be Goblin's point of view (at least I'm almost positive it would be Sabrina's):
Dew Claw: well, I don't use it for anything. It just hangs there on my leg and normally doesn't bother me.
Current discomfort: my leg is really hurting a lot. It is swollen and red and bleeding, which is no fun. Also, they're not letting me play and be as active aas I like. Another thing that isn't fun is that they keep putting this bandage on it-- oh wait, that's a fun thing cuz then I get to tear it off!
Surgery: well, it would be scary, but then this dew claw thing would be gone. I'd have another bandage for a while maybe, but it will heal quickly. Surgery is scary, but it would make me better quicker.
No surgery: I'll have to deal with this annoying broken dew claw for longer. Once it heals, it may just jiggle around and catch on things and be more likely to get caught and re-injured.
So, I would say to get the dew claw removed. I've seen animals with broken dew claws come into the shelter and they don't look like fun injuries to live with. One doggy had all her dew claws broken and they just swung around (the bone had all been reabsorbed I guess) and caught on everything. If you were wearing a sweater and you accidentally got to close, they would catch on the sweater and it would hurt the poor little doggie trying to get the sweater off.
Unless you have a really good reason for keeping the dew claw, I've always felt that broken dewclaws should be removed to prevent further injury to the animal. I haven't looked at your profile so I don't know if Goblin has been spqyed yet, but if she hasn't, you could just combine those two things into the same surgery session so you only have to go under once.
Of course, I have to say that dewclaw removal just for the fun of it is not cool in my book. This to me doesn't seem like just for the fun of it. It's like say you had a third nipple and somehow that third nipple got really badly injured and wouldn't heal. If your options were to keep on trying to get it to heal while restricting your daily activities a lot or to get surgery that would remove the nipple and fix the problem, what would you do?
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