I was having a discussion with a friend tonight. He asked what I thought about tail docking, since I brought up that my ex's rott still had her (full) tail.
I told him I thought that it was cruel and barbaric, just like declawing & ear cropping.
Then I thought about dew claws. When my dog was a puppy and we had her spayed, we were told by the vet and a few other people that since she's a sporting breed (black lab/springer spaniel mix,) does a lot of running, etc., that it's suggested she have her back dew claws removed, as its highly likely they'd catch on something while she was running/jumping and break. We had her dew claws removed.
I never thought about it again until just tonight. It seems so mean.
They cut off the entire back "thumbs."
Will they really break if not surgically removed? Is the surgery a good idea to prevent future pain if breaking is highly likely?
What say you?
*We have a million threads on declawing already. Please just comment on the dew claws. I guess tail docking & ear cropping, too, if you'd like. But at least say something
on the dew claw front, too.