Understanding dew claw
If you take a look at your dog's feet, you will notice a little toenail that sits higher up the leg far removed from the main bed of its paw. In some dogs, this appendage might be tightly attached to the leg while in other dogs it might only seem loosely attached by a flap of skin.
Those strange looking floppy digits are your dog's dew claws or the dog's thumbs.
Have you noticed that your dog is limping? I once observed my pet favoring a paw over another. I did not know what to do so I took him to the vet, and I learned that it was because of a torn or broken nail. This type of injury is pretty common, and the good news is you can deal with it at home.
A dew claw injury is even more prevalent in dogs because unlike other nails; they do not weaken or wear down. Dogs do not use claws (or dewclaws) when they walk. It is the only nail found in the animal's ankle region or above the front of their feet.
Did you find a bloody hole in your dog's paw? Or maybe did your best friend catch his nail on a blanket and pull it half-way out? Maybe you're wondering, "Is this going to require surgery? Is he in pain? Do dogs nails grow back? "
All very valid questions once you realize your family pet somehow managed to pull their entire nail out of their body. Yeah, it's gross and yeah it sure as heck looks painful, but here's what you need to know.
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