I'm new to pawtalk. I found it while searching for info on dewclaws. I have a dog that I am fostering from Hurricane Katrina. I already have 2 purebred labs, so by looking at the foster dog, I am 99.99% sure she is a purebred chocolate lab. I'm looking for evidence to support that theory. I noticed the other day that she had her dewclaws removed. Is that something that a breeder would do?
I kind of have mixed feelings about how she was cared for. She's less than 1 1/2 years old according to our vet, and she has either been bred in the past or is bred now. The vet says it's too early to determine yet if she is bred. She came up positive for heartworms and we got her treated for that she came back to us on saturday. She is an amazingly calm (esp. for her age) and sweet little labby. I just feel like someone is missing this dog, but why did she have heartworms? Anyway, that just goes back to my original question about the dewclaws... Am I a bad dog mom for my dogs having theirs still? Is the removal only something you really see in purebreds? I appreciate your response.