Thanks for your question regarding your 5 year old boy who seems to be catching people with one of his dew claws!
I assume this is one of the front dew claws causing the problem if he is jumping up on people when this is happening
Dew claws are often removed in Veterinary practice - but most often if the dew claw is particularly floppy or continues to get caught causing your boy discomfort
The likelihood here however is that these two dew claws aren't that 'floppy' and have bone throughout their entire lengths
I don't think it is causing himn discomfort. It is causing everyone else discomfort.
These dew claws could definitely be removed - but it would be more for everyone else's sake than for his
It is in essence the amputation of a digit - it is painful
when the dew claw is floppy and doesn't have the bone throughout it's entire length - this procedure isn't as painful is involves a quick snip, ligation and a stitch or two
If these two dew claws are boney and well attached - it is a proper digit amputation
While many Vets would probably carry out the procedure for your - I guess you need to ask yourself whether this would be fair on your boy
Perhaps you could try getting your Vet to cut the claws nice and short for you in the first place
So it really isn't the right thing to do at this point. Is there anything that I can put on it that will make it not so sharp. Like for example a liquid bandaid etc.?
Of even more importance here would be to teach your boy not to jump up on people
No it wouldn't be fair and that sounds mean. Don't want to do that.
You can read a great article on this here: http://www.aspcabehavior.org/articles/10/Teaching-Your-Dog-Not-to-Jump-Up-on-People.aspx
I have tried but maybe I need to consult a trainer to help with this.
Yes - that might be a good idea
Oh, thanks I will read it.
Thank you so much for your time and honesty!!
You could buy little booties for your boy
liquid bandage won't make any difference
getting your vet to trim the nails back to just in front of the quick may help
Glad to be of help
I don't think dew claw removal would be for the right reasons in this boy's case
Best of luck with your little man
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