Trimming Declaws

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by luvmygoats3, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. luvmygoats3

    luvmygoats3 New Member

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    Has anyone ever cut a declaw to short? I did this today on my pregnant LaMancha doe. It has been bleeding. Is there anything special I should do? I feel awful :sniffle. This has never happened before, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. paulaswrld

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    I did the same thing a couple years ago and felt sooo bad. I did not have traditional blood stop powder so I used Cayenne Pepper and it actually worked...who knew...not me...but, my girlfriend said it did and I keep it at the barn now.

    She will be okay...I take very little off the dew claws every few months just to keep them looking cleaner. BYW, Tim P. should chime in because I have NEVER seen feet done better than his job. He sent me two girls last year and they were 1 and 2 yr.olds and those feet were like babies and the dewclaws were so nice, amazing...sorry to say they do not look like that now... really don't know how he does it.

    Paula
     

  3. stacy adams

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    I use a small rasp, sort of like the ones used for horses, only about a third the size. Every time I trim, I file their dewclaws.
    I trimmed one too short a few years back myself, and even with bloodstop I didn't think I'd get it to quit bleeding. Since then, I've learned about using a disbudding iron to cauterize it, but still, not cutting it seems to be the way to go. You can tell when filing, when to stop.
     
  4. KingsCoGoatGuy

    KingsCoGoatGuy New Member

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    Ditto on the rasp. I try to do my gals every 2 weeks in the summer that way I never really ever have to get out the trimmers unless they need shaping, or I am doing new kids feet. This sounds like alot of work but it is truly only a two second job since they wear their feet & dewclaws down going up the hill to pasture.
     
  5. goatkid

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    My friend showed me a way to trim dewclaws. You cut just the very end with the hoof trimmers and then peel back the dry layers. It's kind of hard to describe without actually showing you, but it keeps you from cutting them too short. Kathie
     
  6. Daniel Babcock

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    I trimmed one too short and it did not bleed. There was just this fatty white substance? I think I will start using the rasp like Alex!
     
  7. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    corn starch works well too as blood stop
     
  8. NubianSoaps.com

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    If you cut dewclaws everytime you trim feet they don't get so awful looking and need alot of trimming deep...or pealing! Vicki
     
  9. stoneyheightsfarm

    stoneyheightsfarm New Member

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    Can anyone point me to a site or post photos of this? I've only seen one person barely take a tip off a dewclaw, and not routinely. None of the sites I've looked at show it. My goats climb around on rocks quite a bit, and their dewclaws always look as though they're getting filed that way... But maybe they're really overgrown and I don't know any better???
     
  10. Tim Pruitt

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    Paula,
    I used an air hand sander/grinder on them. The one I use is a Porter Cable high speed air sander. They cost about $40. You still have to hand trim with the orange shears and then finish them out with the sander. Works great on bucks and foundered does that are so hard to trim.
     
  11. Tim Pruitt

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    Bump - read post above for type of sander.
     
  12. paulaswrld

    paulaswrld New Member

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    Super, thanks so much.
     
  13. goatdad

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    I don't know if it works on goats but I use lime juice to stop bleeding on me and my dogs. It burns a little but it works really fast.
     
  14. Narrow Chance

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    I use the handy dandy spider webs to stop bleeding. I use on just about every cut that bleeds.. wether it is profuse or not. Even myself. It's cheap, handy, and the Charlotte's at my barn keep me in more than enough.
     
  15. goatdad

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    Spider webs. What a great idea. I love little tricks like that.
     
  16. NubianSoaps.com

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    Rett my barn is much to clean to find spiderwebs to use on the goats!!

    Course if I ran into the house right now I am sure I could find them!

    Honestly I powerwashed my barn before does kidded, but if you look up? Just don't look up! Scarry!

    I trim dewclaws, we have such spongy leaf loam, sandy soil that dewclaws need as much trimming as feet, and I just hate long scraggly dew claws in my older does. Vicki
     
  17. Feral Nature

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    Long scraggly dew claws match my does long scraggly beards and long flowy waddles....beauty is in the eye of the beholder don'tcha know.
     
  18. Anita Martin

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    OMG I've NEVER trimmed my dewclaws! Well, the goats dewclaws. I HATE chesnuts on my horses, and keep them peeled down to nothing always always always. Can I do the same peel on the dewclaws?
    Anita
     
  19. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar New Member

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    I've never had long dew claws, they must wear them down playing... my horses never develop large chestnuts, it would bug me if they did tho...
     
  20. Narrow Chance

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    Well... I have a sign hanging in my kitchen. 'We both can't look good. It's either me or the house."

    Hubby has come to expect a messy house when it's kidding season. I sometimes get away with it when it's not.. lol