dewclaw


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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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Since the dewclaws of our canine friends typically do not make contact with the ground when exercising, they do not wear naturally like the other nails.
* Non-weight bearing claws, like the dewclaws on the inside of each front paw, can grow in a circle and into the foot pad.
Fibroblasts obtained from the tail tip and dewclaws of male (Mp) and female poodles (Fp) were used as donor cells (Figure 2).
Ergot (er-goht) The horny mass, similar to a dewclaw, on the back of the fetlock.
Some of the footprints are deep enough that they preserve the imprint of a vestigial toe, located in a position on the leg similar to that of a dog's dewclaw, says Kirkland.
A deer's dewclaw affixed to a worn moccasin marks it as footwear unique to these people.
Richard Green of Birmingham, U.K., and frequent Contributing Writer, shares his fondness for dewclaw rattles from the Great Lakes area.
* DEWCLAW CONSIDERATIONS: I wrapped nonadhesive moleskin around the leg, placing it under each dewclaw and securing it with a short piece of Vetrap.
I've been involved with her medically since her delivery and have done the dewclaw removal, worming and vaccinations, and as I write this I'm about two months away from hunting season.
It is better to find out about them before an anesthetic episode." Problems like an umbilical hernia, a hind dewclaw or retained deciduous canine teeth can be taken care of at the same time as the spay or neuter, as well.
dewclaw: A rudimentary first digit on the inner (medial) side of the leg.
The most reliable indicator of sex and age is the measurement from hoof tip to the dewclaw (overall length).