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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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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.
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.
Today the tail-less Brittany is standard, but most puppies have their tails docked along with clipped dewclaws a day or so after birth.
Pulling out claws, dewclaws, docking tails and ears, pulling teeth and cutting vocal cords are insensitive acts fully acceptable to the population.
Reindeer Encounters" allows children of all ages to see and touch live reindeer, while zoo educators and volunteers share reindeer legends and discuss facts about these fabulous animals including why reindeer have clicking ankles, wide feet, two types of hair and small dewclaws on the backside of each leg.
A DEWCLAWS hanging loose in a skin fold can cause problems if they get stuck in bushes or caught in branches.