dogs' and cats' paws and tracks
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Carpal Pad of Cat
Cushion-like part of animal foot.
The tough, superficial cutis (outer layer of skin) of the pad is keratinized and hairless.
Under the cutis is the thick subcutis. The fatty (adipose) tissue of the subcutis provides a cushion to absorb shock during locomotion.
The joint and bones of an animal’s forelimb that correspond to the human wrist.
The metacarpal region of the forelimb or the metatarsal region of the hind limb.
To imprint a track on the substrate.
The impression or indentation made on the substrate (
) by a foot.
The surface on which tracks may be made.
The limb pad located at the tarsus.
Down In Pastern
Structural weakness causing the pasterns to slant at an excessively horizontal angle, or to bend excessively when weight is borne.
At its extreme, being down in pastern is to stand or move on pasterns, as well as on the toes.
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Carpal pads of cats and dogs do not usually contact the ground, because they are elevated by the
Therefore carpal pads do not usually
of cats and dogs. Exceptions to this rule include tracks made in very soft
, or tracks made by cats or dogs that are
down in pastern
Also known as
Cf. tarsal pad
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