Meet 11 year old Thunder, who didn't need too much work at all, except for the horrid condition of his feet! If you ever, ever have ANY doubts about taking off those dewclaws on a newborn puppy, then, just once, you need to see what a dewclaw nail looks like when it has curled around and grown into the pad. It will be forever burned into your brain! You will quite happily remove all dewclaws from that day forward!! You just don't know for certain where that puppy might end up and nail care is sadly lacking in a lot of pet dogs. If you told me this dog has never had his nails cut in his entire 11 years, I would believe you! He didn't want his feet touched and he could barely walk. No wonder, this dog hasn't walked on his pads for years! I can't imagine how sore his feet must have been. I tried to take a couple pictures of his feet, they aren't great but I didn't want to stress him over a picture, with enough stress to come. Considering the way his feet were, he was incredibly good about it. It was actually a front nail that was deformed (previously broken off and grew back wrong?) that was REALLY bothering him, and that foot was a bit tricky, but what a little trooper! Unluckily for him, he has back dewclaws as well. I also didn't expect to find, under all that hair underneath his feet, that he had a ball of a mat between the pads of each one of his feet. Ouch!
On the left, a front foot. Notice the second claw in looking right to left, it's completely twisted, this was causing a lot of pain. On the right, one of his BACK feet.
Now with one foot done! What a difference and what a good boy he was! Other than most likely having to go on thyroid meds, this little guy is in really good shape and what the pictures CAN'T show is his personality! What an outgoing little sweetheart he is! He wags his tail at the drop of a hat, gives out kisses, sits, gives a paw, etc.! He really has a fabulous temperament and will make someone a wonderful pet, as long as they aren't put off by his age. And did I mention how BRAVE he was?
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Good luck little guy!
These boots are made for walkin' !