Posted : 11/12/2007 11:52:10 AM
I had Luke's back dewclaws removed when he was neutered on the advice of my vet. I told them that he regularly came to the barn with me and was running through tall grass and they said it would be in his best interest to have them removed.
The fronts stayed in place, though, because they are the "fixed" type, not the floating variety that tend to rip easier and cause more problems. Three and a half years later I have not had a single problem with Luke's front dewclaws and honestly, I do think that he uses them. He does a lot of tight/fast turns for agility, frisbee and fetching and I know those nails dig in deep at times.
If given the choice, I would want for the dewclaws to be removed when the puppy is only a day or so old. The healing is just so much faster. I had some issues with Luke's rear paws taking forever to heal after his DCs were taken out. It wasn't fun.