Can you declaw a dog?
Are you wondering if you can declaw your dog? Cats can be declawed, but when it comes to dogs, you should absolutely not declaw your pet. When you declaw your dog, it is not just the nail that is being removed. It is the whole toe. Because of this dogs would be crippled because of the declawing, unable to walk properly, and in constant pain when doing so. If you are simply wanting to declaw your dog because it scratches things in your house, or has hurt you or other people before due to sharp nails, there are many other things to do other than declawing. If however, you feel as if there is some important reason, like a bad infection, then declawing might be the way to go.
The best way to treat sharp nails is as followed:
Simply purchase a dog nail clipper, make sure it is a dog one, and not a human one as it is important not to cut the nail to far. There should be detailed instructions on the packaging on how to properly cut your dog’s nails using the nail clippers. If not, find a package which does. It is important not to cut your dog’s nails too short, as this could cause them to bleed severely.
If however it appears to be an emergency, declawing might be the only option.
So, is it an emergency?
If it is an emergency, then you should absolutely consult with your local veterinarian. There are many different reasons which you may want your dog declawed, and so you should first consult to see if it is the right way to go. Always remember that your vet is trained to know what the best option for your pet is, so you should always talk to him/her before doing anything serious to your pet. If there is an emergency, then your vet will do what is necessary, otherwise, he/she will not declaw your dog.
So all in all, dogs can be declawed, but they shouldn’t be. If they need to be that is one thing, but you should not declaw your dog without good reason.
Post by: Kristophe Sauvage