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I have Labrador puppies and I did not know to get the dew claws

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I have Labrador puppies and I did not know to get the dew claws removed in the first couple o days after they were born. They are 4 weeks old on Sunday is there anyway to remove them now?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 11 months ago.
Hello. This is Dr. Christian. At this age to have the dewclaws removed would require anesthesia due to the increased blood supply to the claws as well as to avoid the pain of removal (there is no anesthesia at a few days old). It's best to wait until she is spayed and have the dewclaws removed then. She'll already be under anesthesia. Pain medications can also be prescribed. If you have more questions please reply back.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

what I want to know is if the 4 week old pups can still have their dew claws removed?

Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 11 months ago.
They can but it would require anesthesia. It's better to wait until they are older to have that done so they can tolerate the anesthesia better. The dewclaws shouldn't be removed at this age without anesthesia.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

The pups are very healthy and weigh about 5 pounds how big in size would they be able to tolerate the anesthesia, Is it the norm that breeders remove the due claws on labs

Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 11 months ago.
They are typically removed between 3-5 days old by the breeder. I honestly don't typically recommend anesthesia before 5-6 months old.
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Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 11 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bella. How is everything going?

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