SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Dew Claw Removal

SPCA advocates for the elimination of dew claw removal from breed standards for pedigree animals.

SPCA advocates for the removal of any dew claws from dogs to be prohibited unless carried out by a veterinarian (or a veterinary student under the direct supervision of a veterinarian) for therapeutic reasons and adequate and appropriate medical care is provided prior to, during and after the operation, including anaesthesia and analgesia.

Removal of a dog’s front limb dewclaw or articulated hind limb dewclaw is prohibited under the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018, however removal of non-articulated hind limb dewclaw is still permitted.

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