We all know about controversial procedures that exist for cats, but can dogs be declawed as well? First of all, why would you want to declaw your dog in the first place? Declawing a dog would require a very cruel and painful surgery and leave your dog with fewer means of defense.
Declaw surgery is usually performed when the animal is a cub. While some felines will have immediate complications from the procedure, it may be many months or years before the damaging effects of declawing become obvious. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications.
The declaw surgery represents a permanent solution to these problems; however, it is popularly held that a number of adverse conditions result from declawing, and that it is a form of mutilation. Pet owners need to sort out the facts from the rumors surrounding this procedure, as well as understand all of the options involved.
Trimming your dog’s nails is the easiest and most straightforward way to solve most claw-related annoyances. It isn’t a perfect option, as dogs rarely enjoy the process and it can occasionally leave sharp edges on the nails, but it is the first step most dog owners should try.
Onychectomy, popularly known as declawing, is an operation to remove an animal's claws surgically by means of the amputation of all or part of the distal phalanges, or end bones, of the animal's toes.Because the claw develops from germinal tissue within the third phalanx, amputation of the bone is necessary to fully remove the claw.
Dogs can be declawed, but it is generally considered to be an inhumane and unnecessary practice, and there are few vets who will perform such a surgery. Dogs need their claws just like people need their fingernails and toenails, to scratch their bodies and to give them grip and balance when walking.
D ewclaws on dogs are sort of like thumbs on people, only without the purpose. If your dog has not had his dewclaws removed, you'll see them on the insides of his front legs, above the "wrist." Some breeds have dewclaws on the rear legs; some dogs are born with extras.
Fortunately, we now have technology at I-20 Animal Medical Center that allows us to declaw cats in the most humane way possible. Declawing is essentially the removal of the first knuckle of each digit, as this is required to completely remove the nail bed and prevent abnormal nail regrowth.
Unfortunately, some dogs can also develop cancerous tumors around the infected bones. Thankfully, this was not the case for us. The vet did surgery to remove the final bone that was in the dewclaw area. It was a very tough healing process because my dog wanted to lick/eat at his stitches.