Just out of curiosity...
My 5 month old Akita pup has no 'thumbs' on her front legs. There are bumps where the thumbs SHOULD be...
Will this have any effect on her growing up?
And, what are dog's thumbs called?
Just out of curiosity... My 5 month old Akita pup has no 'thumbs' on her front legs. There are bumps where the thumbs SHOULD be... Will this have any effect on her growing up? And, what are dog's thumbs called?

The "thumbs" are called dew claws. They are often (usually?) present on the front legs, but it varies quite a bit whether they are present on the rear legs. My dog, Tsuki, for example, had only one on the rear and it was basically a bit of skin and a residual claw, nothing one would really call a "thumb". New doggies, Freeway, has well developed dew claws on the front and rear legs.It is common practice in many breeds to remove the dew claws when the puppy is quite tiny. The thinking in some breeds is that leaving the dew claws on presents a risk of catching and tearing the dew claw when the dog grows up and goes bouncing through brush etc. Of course, that developed into an aesthetic preference that might not be consistent with the original thinking. Among those active in sports removing dew claws that are well developed and properly attached is a matter of controversy because many people have noted that those dew claws are actually touching the ground when the dog is at speed and turning, and may have some benefit to the dog.

I don't think that the removal of the dew claws from your dog as a puppy will adversely affect your dog as an adult. It might possibly have been better to have left them on, but you won't likely notice anything that will matter in the long run.

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Some of my dogs have their front dew claws, and they use them to help "hold" and control their chewies. Some of my dogs had them removed by their breeders as newborns, and they don't seem to miss them at all. I know one dog that snagged a front dew claw in a bedspread while jumping off the bed, and broke the leg and ripped the dew claw. Another dog in the same friend' s family ripped both dew claws on seperate occassions. Removal after the age of 3 days requires anesthesia.

Rear dew claws are often not firmly attached and seem more likely to snag on things around the house. Unless required for a specific breed standard for showing the dog, I'd have them removed during anesthesia for some other procedure (neuter-spay, dental work)

Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia