The tough, superficial
(outer layer of skin)
of the pad is
and hairless. Under the cutis is the thick
subcutis. The fatty (adipose) tissue of the subcutis
provides a cushion to absorb shock during locomotion.
Pads are connected to bones by connective (collagenous)
Limb pads are of four types:
pads. Those of cats and dogs do not
usually contact the ground.
metatarsal) pads. Commonly known as heel pads.
digital pads. Commonly known as toe pads.
4) dew claw pads, usually on forelimb only.