What kind of injury could a Painted Dog possibly be safe from?
Here is a clue. Yes, this is my German Shepherd, who is obviously not safe from this injury!

Chase by Alison Nicholls

Chase by Alison Nicholls

Chase, my German Shepherd, partially broke and bent his dew claw so it was at an angle no dew claw is supposed to be. He is seen here sporting his very snazzy rain-gear (made from pooh bags and duct tape) to stop the bandage getting wet.

And why is a Painted Dog safe from this injury? Because Painted Dogs (also known as African wild dogs) don’t have a dew-claw.

German Shepherd with Dew Claw and Painted Dog without Dew Claw.

German Shepherd with Dew Claw and Painted Dog without Dew Claw.

So now you know! Just one of the many things that makes Painted Dogs unique!

Until next time…
Alison

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