Have you ever wondered, what’s that little claw on the inside of my dog’s leg? That’s the dewclaw — the dog equivalent of your thumb or big toe. We use these digits for grasping or walking, but dogs use their dewclaws to grip the ground when running or when trying to hold their favourite toy. Unfortunately a dog dew claw injury can be quite a common ailment in terrier breeds.
Generally, dogs only have dewclaws on their front legs, but sometimes they are found on their hind legs too. If you’ve never noticed your dogs due claws before, take a look.