Originally Posted by PuppyPride
Actually, my vet says that in extreme cases, they do declaw a dog. Front paws only. My dog, no matter what we do, will not quit digging under the fence. We've tried electric fences, but those don't stall her one bit. We take very good care of my dog, but we're so worried about her getting out, and something happening to her, that we're considering it. There are worse things, like animal cruelty. There are jerks out there to abuse the animals. We don't want that to happen to my dog, obviously. It may seem cruel, but in the long run, it will probably be better for her. I'm still doing research on it all, so I'm not sure yet. She's done this for almost a year, and our backyard makes us look like white-trash, because we have several boards, cinder blocks, bricks, whatever we can get our hands on to block the fence, but that doesn't seem to work, either. Just know that there are certain cases, where it may be necessary.
Please, please, please do NOT declaw your dog. They NEED their front claws for balance. The nails are attached to a bone. Dogs nails are attached deeply and have nerves all the way to the root. If a nail is removed, the healing is slow and painful, even if the nail never grows back, nerve damage can plague the dog its entire life. (usually due to injury where the nail has been caught in something and broken off below the skin) Pain can also be caused by limping, chewing and licking the feet, which damages the skin and nerves further and may cause infections in the skin or deeper tissues. At least this is how my vet explained it to me.
I have friends with pug rescue, and there have been quite a few that have come through that have been declawed. ALL of them HATE to have their feet touched, and some of them live miserable lives, because it hurts them to walk. We have one right now, that refuses to walk, because her little feet hurt so much, it is very sad. ALL FOUR of her feet were declawed, the poor little thing can't even scratch herself. The rescue vet said that she was declawed years ago, from the looks of it. This poor little pug has lived in unnecessary pain for YEARS. The rescue vet is furious that another vet would EVER consider doing this to a dog. Here is a link to her...... she was found on petfinder.......http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/...?petid=9776936
She is now in foster care and they keep her on soft carpet because she will not walk on hard floors. She will stand and hold one little paw up at a time because it hurts her to put pressure on it. She can't go for walks, she is put into a stroller or carried when she goes outside. Her foster mother found out from the rescue the reason for this little pug's declaw surgery....... because her "owner" didn't "like her scratching on his legs".
PLEASE reconsider. Your dog will thank you for it.