How Much Does a Dog Dew Claw Removal Cost?

If you have a dog, you’re probably familiar with what looks like a “little thumb.”

Referred to as the dew claw, this part, similar to that of a thumb, commonly grows high on the dog’s leg, complete with a toenail, inside of the dog’s front paw and sometimes on the back paw, and will never touch the ground when standing.

While entirely optional, some breeders and dog owners opt to remove the dew claws when the dogs are young as they serve no purpose and some owners do it as they do not want the risk of it getting ripped off in the future during rough play.

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The dog dew claw removal costs

Vet #1 in Seattle, WA$35 for the office call and another $25 per puppy. 25% discount for 2+ puppies
Vet #2 in Columbus, OH$15 for the first puppy and another $8 for each additional pup
Vet #3 in Orlando, FL$9 for the first puppy and $5 after
Vet #4 in Toledo, OH$15 after three weeks or $35 before 12 weeks old
Vet #5 in Tulsa, OK$780 to have all dew claws removed (3 year old dog)

The dew claw removal procedure

  1. With an adult dog, they will always be put under a general anesthesia to prevent the dog from moving around during the procedure.  However, if the puppy is younger than five days old, then a local anesthetic will be given and general anesthesia won’t be used.
  2. The skin around the dew claw will is disinfected and washed to prevent an infection during the surgical procedure.
  3. Using surgical scissors, the vet will cut through the skin, muscle and the bone in order to remove the entire toe.
  4. Once removed, the area is stitched with sutures and an adhesive is applied to protect the wound.
  5. Lastly, with older dogs, an Elizabethan collar will be used in order to prevent the dog from licking its wound.
  6. The entire procedure will take up to 45 minutes, and after, some vets may want to monitor the dog’s progress for a few hours after the anesthesia wears off.

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Average Reported Cost: $2

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  1. Most veterinary physician lie (salem,  Oregon) paid $2 and said:

    My vet took rubber bands and rapped them around the dew clause and after a week he just cut them off! didn’t seem very hard and was healed unless than 2 weeks. city vets will lie to you about the procedure, because they are making money on something that can be done with a rubber band…

    Just like stitches usually arn’t necessary for people, they hjust leave scares and cuts and/or gashes heal on their own without a scare

    Was it worth it? Yes

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