I'm coming back from my vet and he said that my beagle isn't supposed to have 6 nails on each foot. I was told by the breeder that hunting dogs like beagles had 6 nails.. who is right ? Oh and btw, she's in perfect shape, feeling good and healthy
I'm confused, does Maggie still have her dew claws or are we talking about six toes? Beagles are born with a nail (dew claw) a bit up ther leg. This is often removed in both show and hunting beagles but for different reasons. It serves little purpose and doesn't look good on show beagles and it can get caught in brambles and bushes for hunting beagles.
Oh sorry, my bad .. I mean 5 on all foot. The vet says that the front legs should have 5 ( Correct ) but the rear should have only 4, but mine have 5 too ( 1 up her leg ). Sorry again, written my first post too fast, and I can't edit now .. maybe if a mod see this he can edit my first post thanks
Would highly recommend you get the dew claws removed. Our Louise just went through a horrible infection in her dew claw from thorns getting in it. She had to be strongly sedated and the thorns dug out by vet. She was in horrible pain and vet bill was around $500.oo. The worse part was seeing her suffer so much. It broke my heart. If the baby hasn't been spayed or neutered yet, do it when that procedure is done. We are getting Louise's done in the next couple of months.
Some vets say its a good idea, some not, but after our experience, I wish we had had it done when she was spayed.