Dogs with Webbed Feet: Doggy Paddle Paws
The term “doggie paddle paws” refers to a condition where there are small pads or paddles on the bottom of the front legs. These pads may be white, pink, black, tan or any other color.
They may even resemble little hands. Some dogs have no paddles at all.
It is not known why some dogs have these paddles while others don’t. There are several theories, but no conclusive evidence.
Most veterinarians believe it’s due to genetics, though there isn’t much research into this issue yet.
Some breeds such as the German shepherd, miniature schnauzer and dachshund have been shown to lack them altogether. Other breeds such as the Great Dane, bull terrier and basset hound may have some type of paddles, but they’re usually absent from their hindquarters.
The pads are most common on the Bullmastiff, Doberman pinscher, Weimaraner and Standard poodle. Paddles on the poodle may be related to hairlessness as they often have them on their hind legs only.
Some dog breeds with paddle paws are prone to more problems than others. For example, the bulldog’s gliding joints can cause early arthritis and joint issues.
Some paddles are also prone to “bony outgrowths” or bone spurs which can cause pain.
Paddles can cause a slipping problem on smooth floors. Some dogs may not be able to walk on a smooth floor, such as wood, tiles or vinyl, without their paddles because they don’t have enough grip.
Other floors such as short carpeting can cause the dog to slide around. In either case, the floors may need to be repaired or replaced.
Another common issue is a tendency to overheat. The paddles can cause some of the body heat to be absorbed.
Dogs with this condition should not be housed (or exercised) in areas with hard-surface flooring and need a cool environment. These dogs are best suited for carpeted flooring. Carpet runners can even be installed on unfinished wood floors.
Some dogs with paddles feet may not be able to walk on ice or other slippery surfaces. These dogs should be walked on grass, dirt or other non-slippery areas when the weather is cool or freezing.
The paddles can also cause a problem when it comes to climbing stairs, especially outdoor steps. Dogs with paddles need special attention when going up and down outdoor steps.
These types of dogs should be carried or led when going up or down stairs.
Some people think that their dog has paddles feet because their dog has dark feet and the shade makes them look black. However, if you look at their soles, you’ll be able to see if they really have paddles or not.
Dogs with paddles don’t have dark soles and you can easily see their pink tissue or “webbing” between their toes.
You can also run your hand along the inside of their legs to feel for the pads. If your dog has paddles, they’ll be on the front legs, just before the foot.
The pads are very obvious to the touch because they’re thicker than the normal footpad.
If your dog has “doggie paddle paws” you should take extra care when walking them on hardwood or tile floors. You might also consider installing some type of carpet runner on your hardwood floors.
If your dog starts to overheat, you can also wet their feet with cool (not cold) water to help them cool down.
Although some people think paddle paws make their dog more prone to slipping, in most cases this isn’t true. Most dogs with paddles aren’t bothered by them unless they have a condition that causes them to overheat.
When the foot is overheated, the paddles can cause the foot to be very slippery. If your dog has this condition (and they’re symptomatic), they may have a lot of difficulty walking on hardwood or tile floors as their feet can become very slick. In this case, it’s a good idea to keep towels around that you can place under their feet when walking them on these types of floors. These dogs should also not be exercised or housed on hardwood or tile flooring.
There are no other major health issues related to dog paddle paws. Just make sure, if your dog is prone to overheating, that their environment is kept at a comfortable temperature for them and that they don’t over exert themselves in warm weather.
Keep in mind that many dogs with paddle paws are very athletic and have no problem running or exercising on hardwood or tile floors. For these dogs, there is no special care required and their paddle paws are simply a cosmetic issue.
Here is Simon, a Paddle-Pawed Dog Who Won’t Be Giving Lessons On How To Walk On Ice!
Simon was brought to us after being found as a stray. His owners never came to claim him, so he’s now available for adoption.
He’s a very friendly and playful boy with excellent leash manners. He knows sit and seems to be housebroken. He also gets along well with other dogs.
Simon has a lot of energy, so he could definitely benefit from training to help him direct his youthful exuberance. As you can see from his pictures, he has paddle paws and those can be prone to slipping on smooth floors like tile or hardwood.
Of course, we’d place mats in front of his food and water bowls to prevent spills, but we’d also recommend putting rugs in the whole room. You might also consider placing a rubber mat at the door to keep him from slipping when he rushes to meet someone (or catches the scent of something interesting outside).
Simon would do best in a home with kids over the age of 10 or a family that is willing to engage in some doggy paddle paw training. Because Simon loves people so much, he can be a bit jumpy.
When someone enters a room, he tends to rush toward them to say hello. In his current home, this has resulted in a few “meetings of the canine and human body” which have hurt him quite badly. This is definitely something that needs to be nipped in the bud before it becomes a habit. Placing something sticky like fly paper by the door could help Simon quickly learn that rushing toward the door results in a painful stop.
Being proactive in training will help Simon learn some much-needed manners so he can live safely with humans. He’s already a good dog; he just needs some guidance on how to act when humans are around.
After all, he’ll be with us for many years to come!
Remember, if you have any questions about Simon or any of our other animals, please call the shelter. Each one of our animals has a story and we know you’ll find someone special.
Story Source: Simon – Paddle-Pawed Dog Without a Home
Shelter Workers Needed!
If you like working with animals and like the idea of working outdoors while helping communities, then maybe becoming a shelter worker is the job for you. Here’s what the job entails.
Shelter workers provide care for animals that have been seized by animal control or that have been voluntarily handed over to a shelter because their owners can no longer care for them. Workers then try to find the animals homes, either by selling them or giving them away.
Workers might perform a number of different tasks at an animal shelter. Some of these tasks include:
Taking care of animals. This involves feeding them, cleaning up after them, medicating them when needed and providing other general forms of care.
Socializing animals. This involves interacting with the animals, so that they become accustomed to being around humans.
Training animals. Shelter workers help animals learn basic obedience, so that they behave well around their owners or potential owners.
Advertising animals for adoption. This involves placing ads in newspapers and magazines, so that people who are looking for pets can see if any are available at the shelter.
Putting down animals. This is a sad reality of most shelters.
Sometimes animals are unhealthy or have behavior problems that an owner can’t or won’t take the time to address. For the good of the animal and to ensure that it finds a good home, some animals must be euthanized.
Shelter workers sometimes suffer from psychological distress. They may become depressed, angry or upset when they see animals that have been abused or when they are forced to put an animal down.
Despite this drawback, the job can be very rewarding since shelter workers know that they are saving animals’ lives and finding homes for pets that might not otherwise have one. If you’re interested in becoming a shelter worker, you should do some research on local shelters and their adoption procedures.
Story Source: Shelter Worker Needs Your Help!
David Carter’s Wish Comes True
Looking for a local wish come true story?
Check out this feel good piece!
In the first two weeks of January, David Carter, a defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals had one of his greatest wishes come true. For a long time he had been raising money to build a hospital in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
He wanted to help sick children around the country. While the foundation he started is still in its early planning stages, he’s already made a huge impact!
Carter and his wife launched the Carter Care Foundation. He started it after a old neighbor of his passed away.
Her name was Laura Baskins and she was a huge NFL fan. While she was in the hospital fighting cancer, Carter would visit her and bring her some Cardinals memorabilia. The two became friends, even though they had never met before. Baskins wanted to be a nurse, but she couldn’t because of her cancer. So when she died, Carter made sure that her nephew who was also her biggest fan, got an education in nursing. He plans on continuing this as a yearly thing and will help as many young people as he can.
Carter has also started helping out the hospital he got his start in as well. He donated $100,000 to the Georgia Cancer Center at East Hospital in Atlanta.
Before he became a NFL star he was just a kid who loved playing football with his friends at that very hospital. He hopes that the money will help find a cure for cancer so other young kids won’t have to suffer from it like he did when he was going through treatment.
When Carter isn’t busy helping out organizations, he’s playing in the NFL.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The world according to dog: Poems and teen voices (M Singer – 2000 – Macmillan)
- On the Dog Walk! (J Sidman – 2013 – books.google.com)
- Daily Dog Discoveries (L Krantz – 2009 – Macmillan)
- German Shorthaired Pointers (DJ Robertson – 2017 – books.google.com)
- The lost dogs: Michael Vick’s dogs and their tale of rescue and redemption (AF CPDT-KA – dailydogdiscoveries.com)