|Barked: Mon Oct 9, '06 5:19pm PST |
|I don't understand the tail docking and ear cropping, thought I've been told that certain dogs with persistent ear infections can sometimes benefit from the ear cropping. Never experienced it first hand though... so I'd leave 'em too... cause they are just so darned cute!
Dewclaw removal, however, I have experience with and witnessed a horrible incident. Glad I had Parker's taken (rear ones) during his neuter. They were very loose and he yelped every time he got on the couch. His feet would slip between the cushions and his rear dewclaws got caught in them. One bled a little once, but almost always it caused him enough pain to yelp!
The incident I winessed was at a local wooded trail where there are always lots of dogs. They were all playing and running, as usual, and then this AWFUL wailing and a poor dog came limping out with a rear leg raised. The dewclaw was ripped, like a banana peel up his leg and BLOOD everywhere! I've seen the dog since and his poor leg is scarred horribly... the recovery was long and painful and required an additional treatment because the rip was so hard to sew properly. Someone there actually saw it happen... his leg slipped in between two exposed roots and his dewclaws were large and loose (no bone). I guess he lost a lot of blood too... just awful.
I heard stories like that before I had Parker's done and could see how it might happen. Knowing that I planned on having Parker outside a lot, I decided to have them removed. I'm glad I did.
The reason I'm writing all of this is because some well-intentioned people told the owner of the dog at the park (Riley) NOT to have them removed... it wasn't necessary, was cruel etc. She felt horrible guilt and a bit of anger because she was even told that these stories about them ripping are unheard of. I think only certain types are recommended for removal... very loose, no bone, ample blood supply etc, but there are definately cases where it is in the best interest of the dog. Parker weight 75 pounds. Those floppy dewclaws would not stand a chance if he would have snagged them in that way.
Hope this helps anyone who is on the fence about it. It's not for every dog, but only the owner can decide if there is enough of an injury risk to justify it. As far as recovery, it was very easy and seemed to cause no discomfort (aside from the bags I had to wrap his feet in for a pee.) I'm gonna post a pic of it on his page.
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