Why Paws Of Dogs And Cats Sweat

The paws of dogs and cats have a very thick outermost layer called the epidermis. It is the surface that is exposed to the external environment. Underneath the epidermis is the dermis. It is in the dermis where sweat glands are found. Sweat are produced in the sweat glands and travels from the gland to the outer surface of the skin via ducts t hat pass though the dermis and epidermis. Because the footpad is thick, sweat is only noticeable when the cat or dog is anxious or nervous. It has also been discovered that pets sweat when they are running because the moisture prevents them from slipping on surfaces that their paws come into contact with. This can help them run faster. 

It should be noted that pets are unable to release body heat efficiently because of the limited number of sweat glands that they have in their body. Thus, they pant in an effort to release body heat and prevent heat stress. 

The paws of cats and dogs serve a very important purpose thus if you find that there seems to be something wrong with your pet’s paws, do set an appointment with your Dallas, GA animal hospital immediately. 


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