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john123
3/26/2010 4:12:33 PM
Posts: 4
Pomeranian puppy almost 6 months old. I just noticed what appears to be either an extra toe or a spur on the inside of his left leg. It has a claw (or toe) along with what seems to be a detached joint. It's not on his other leg, and it doesn't seem to bother him (unless I start to feel around it ) He was at the Vet's office in the begining of March and the vet didn't notice it.
Is this Normal?
AnkhuIGs
3/29/2010 5:14:16 AM
Posts: 1904
Is it a front leg or a back leg?

Most dogs have front dew claws, but most breeders removed these when the puppies are less than 3 days old. Once they are older, its more difficult to remove them. The reason for removing Dew Claws is that they can and do get caught on things, and can get pulled off or cause injury. I had this happen to one of my rescue foster dogs this weekend. She jumped up against me and caught her dew claw on a thread on my jeans. It ripped the whole thing sideways, broke the little bone and ripped her toenail right out. What a mess!

removal of dewclaws is not a fine science or art, and often breeders will do it by themselves, rather than go to a vet (really its not a big deal), but inexperience can often leave a tiny bit of the dewclaw behind and it will grow out a tiny spur, or nail. Sometimes this will protrude out of the skin and sometimes it just leaves a tiny spur of bone under the skin that is disarticulated and moves around freeing in the general area.

Some dogs naturally have rear dewclaws as well, but most of these are breeds that specifically have those dew claws for working reasons. Also there are some breeds that have functional extra front toes, such as Lundehunds. These toes should not be removed.

Even if your puppy is a pet or a show dog, this little spur should not be a huge issue unless the nail begins to grow in a manner that is going to be difficult to trim. I had a Nationally ranked dog, that had a tiny bit of a nail that kept growing out. All i did was trim it down to skin level whenever she had to show. It never bothered her and it never stopped her from winning.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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john123
3/30/2010 6:30:27 PM
Posts: 4
In response to your answer: Thank you. Not Many people "do" respond to these questions.
It is on his hind leg. The "Claw" of the joint fell off tonight, 3/30/10. But the joint (natualy) is still thear. I don't plan on showing him, or using him for stud (Even though he is a beautiful animal) and I am just concerned for his well being. He will be 6 months old at the end of april. I plan on having him netured, Again, I did not aquire this animal ( who is "now" part of our family") to make money from him. I just want what is best for him.
When I have him netured I think I will have the Vet remove this "toe, or claw". Again...I am new this breed of canine. What are your thoughts this ??
AnkhuIGs
4/1/2010 12:41:39 PM
Posts: 1904
I would just leave it if it is not interferring with his ability to walk. My understanding is that this is rare in this breed, so, it is possible its got ghosts in the pedigree. It certainly is not a desirable trait, so neutering would be the best policy.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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