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dew·claw

 (do͞o′klô′, dyo͞o′-)
n.
A short digit that does not reach the ground, found on the feet of dogs and certain other mammals.

[Perhaps dew + claw.]

dewclaw

(ˈdjuːˌklɔː)
n
1. (Zoology) a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
2. (Zoology) an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc
ˈdewˌclawed adj

dew•claw

(ˈduˌklɔ, ˈdyu-)

n.
1. a functionless claw on some dogs that does not reach the ground in walking.
2. an analogous false hoof, as of deer.
[1570–80; compare dewlap]
dew′clawed`, adj.

dew·claw

(do͞o′klô′)
1. A small, useless, inner claw or toe in some dogs and other animals that does not reach the ground in walking.
2. The false hoof of deer, hogs, and other hoofed mammals, consisting of two toes.
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SOCK OPTIONS: For day-long adventures, using socks or boot liners can help prevent chafing and keep dewclaws (if your dog has them) in place.
Non-weight bearing claws, like the dewclaws on the inside of each front paw, can grow in a circle and into the foot pad.
At 4 dpi, 7 of 16 pigs had intact or ruptured vesicular lesions on the coronary bands of toes and dewclaws or the interdigital space of [greater than or equal to] 1 feet (Figure 1).
In addition to this a semi-circular ring block was performed in palmar aspect with 6 ml 2% Lignocaine at a level above the dewclaws to block the left out sensitive nerve branches with care to avoid perineural injection.
Assuming a normal pregnancy and delivery, I will start with recommending removal of the dewclaws and docking the tails if necessary at two or three days of age.
For many years the prevailing wisdom was retrievers ought to have their dewclaws removed, lest they become snagged on debris en route to a downed mallard.
As I was holding him around the neck, it didn't take long before his razor sharp dewclaws ripped into my skin.
The red fox has five toes on its front paws--four in contact with the ground and a dewclaw on the back of each front leg--and it has four toes on the back paws, no dewclaws.
Fibroblasts obtained from the tail tip and dewclaws of male (Mp) and female poodles (Fp) were used as donor cells (Figure 2).
In dogs and cats, dewclaws are the evolutionary remnants of toes.
Buy or sell the hides, hooves, dewclaws, sinews or capes of deer, elk and antelope (pronghorn).
Upon locating the bruiser's hoof print, we can measure the length, width and, if present, even the distance between dewclaws.