9The Complexity of Dog Paws
The first thing you should know is that each of your dog’s paws is made of five parts. The most noticeable one is the pad in the middle of the paw, referred to as the metacarpal pad. The other parts are the claws, the dewclaw, the carpal pad, and the toes which are known as the digital paws. These parts are a result of years of evolution. Each one is designed to help your dog move efficiently and safely. For example, the pads in your dog’s paw are protective layers that absorb any shock that might harm its bones or joints. Dogs are known for their energy and physical abilities. The carpal pad in your pet’s paw is there specifically to help them slow down while running.
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