Tarsal pads of cats and dogs do not usually contact the
ground, because they are elevated by the
Therefore, tarsal pads do not usually
tracks of cats and dogs. Exceptions to this rule include
tracks made in very soft substrates, or tracks made by
cats or dogs that are
down in pastern.
This should not be confused with the term
heel pad, which is conventionally used
by trackers and pet associations to refer to the
metacarpal pad or the
metatarsal pad, as opposed to the pad at the tarsus
(which is also known as the heel).