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I agree with Raindrops that there might be some confusion between front and rear dewclaws. Hind dewclaws are often not well attached and therefore more prone to trauma. It's so much easier to have them removed as neonates than when they are older (often done when getting fixed). The front dewclaws are well attached, and as you have read they help support the carpus against twisting force- especially helpful in a bouncy poodle imo!
Trimming the dewclaws is the same as the rest of the nails and would just be done at the same time.
As far as injuries, I would not say that I see more injuries to dewclaws than any other foot/nail in the vet practice where I work.
 
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