my rottie pup has extra toes
CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY MY 10 WEEK OLD PUP HAS 5 CLAWS ON EACH BACK PAW. THESE ARE NOT DEW CLAWS BECAUSE HE HAS A DEW CLAW AS WELL THE CLAWS ARE CONNECTED BY BONE. HE HAS BEEN VET CHECKED AND I WAS TOLD NOT TO WORRY AS THE PUPS HEALTH/LIFE WONT BE AFFECTED.
IF ANYONE HAS EXPERIENCED THIS WITH THEIR ROTTWEILER I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR FROM THEM. HE IS A HANDSOME WEE GUY AND SEEMS TO BE HEALTHY AND HAPPY PLAYING WITH MY 18MONTH OLD BITCH.
BUT I CANT HELP FEARING THE WORST FOR HIM IN THE FUTURE. SOMEONE PLEASE PUT MY MIND AT REST...
As far as I know, having an extra toe on the back feet is something that happens now and then, a minor birth defect but nothing to worry about.
It's not confined to any one breed and can happen to any puppy. It is different to the dewclaws, although some breeds do occasionally have 2 dew claws.
As long as your puppy is healthy and happy and your veterinarian isn't worried, then I would advise that you don't need to worry either. I have never heard of extra toes being linked to any kind of illnesses or health conditions that could cause serious problems. However, of course your own vet is your best source of information and advice.
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