In 2010, scientist did a study on the structure of the canine paw. The information gained will help veterinarians tremendously in diagnosis, and effectiveness in treating canine paw injuries.
Recently there were two papers published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, that map out the major anatomical regions of the canine paw. Researchers were able to identify some important implications for how the structures may affect the spread of injury and disease.
This study is particularly important to the working dog breeds, including our Gordon Setters. Although all dogs are at risk of injury to their paws, it's the working dogs that really "use" their feet on the job. Whether it be competition, hunting, trialing, searching or leading, these dogs put their paws through a lot of abuse. When our dogs are running through the woods they really give their paws a pounding. I've always worried about them "poking their eye out"! Turns out I should have been more worried about their feet!
Studies show that nearly half of all working dog injuries, are to the feet and lower part of the body. These beautiful creatures do so much for us, the least we can do is take care of the wounds they receive in their service to us.
I'd like to give Big Kudos to The American Kennel Club (AKC) for the grant they provided for this study.
If you'd like to read more about the research and other findings in this study, please click on this link:
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Thanks to Sport for the use of his Paws for demonstration purposes!