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dewclaw

Zoology
1. a nonfunctional claw in dogs; the rudimentary first digit
2. an analogous rudimentary hoof in deer, goats, etc.

dewclaw

[′dü‚klȯ]
(vertebrate zoology)
A vestigial digit on the foot of a mammal which does not reach the ground.
A claw or hoof terminating such a digit.
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DEWCLAW CONSIDERATIONS: I wrapped nonadhesive moleskin around the leg, placing it under each dewclaw and securing it with a short piece of Vetrap.
Dewclaws are a vestige of dogs' evolution from tree-climbing cats 40 million years ago, says scientist and best-selling author Stanley Coren,
At issue is the fact dewclaws are easily snagged on reeds or brush, and if they tear one, your hunting day is ruined.
Only the iSCNT embryos that were derived from dewclaw cells of Mp developed outgrowths (Sugimura et al.
Ergot (er-goht) The horny mass, similar to a dewclaw, on the back of the fetlock.
While squatting, the rear feet of a doe pitch outward much more than usual and the dewclaws on the rear feet show up clearly.
He still has dewclaws on both of his forelegs and I have been told that they should have been removed.
The booties can be fastened to the dog's legs above the dewclaws with Velcro or tape.
Some dogs are born with dewclaws in the front only; others are born with dewclaws on every leg.
A peculiar granulomatous growth around the dewclaws of cattle caused by S.
This condition can occur in any of the toes but is usually found in one of the two dewclaws, the comparatively small and essentially nonfunctional structures that are located on each of a cat's front ankles.