The interdigital cyst is a painful, fluid-filled swelling between the toes. It may form when pressure is put on your dog’s foot and causes fluid to build up in the skin between the toes. These types of cysts usually heal quickly with proper care but can lead to other problems if left untreated.
1. What is a dog’s interdigital cyst, and how do I cure it
An interdigital cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that forms on the skin between the toes. This happens when pressure is put on your dog’s foot and causes fluid to build up there.
2. Symptoms of an interdigital cyst
Some common symptoms of an interdigital cyst are foot licking, limping, and excessive scratching of the affected area. If your dog is showing any of the above symptoms, you’ll want to examine their paws. You can do this by lifting each one individually. If you find a fluid-filled lump between the toes then that could be an interdigital cyst. Contact your veterinarian immediately so they can identify whether or not this is an infection.
3. Causes of an interdigital cyst
The causes of this condition vary from simply pressure on the foot to a bacterial infection. If you notice any signs of infection around the area, such as redness or swelling, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
4. How to treat an interdigital cyst (medical care)
Depending on the severity of the condition, medical treatment may include antibiotics and pain medication. Your vet will teach you how to care for the injury at home until it heals on its own. This may require cleaning the area with soap and water twice daily before applying ointment or antibiotic cream to promote healing and prevent infection.
5. Prevention for future occurrences of the condition (home remedies)
The best way to avoid this type of cyst is to protect your dog’s paws and examine them regularly. This includes checking for any debris that could be causing pressure on the paws, as well as making sure that they have easy access to high-quality food and clean, freshwater. If you notice a cyst forming between your dog’s toes, it is important to see a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
Some important steps for prevention:
- Air your dog’s paws
- Pick up any debris that could be causing pressure on your dog’s paws
- Apply a bandage to protect the site from infection
Interdigital cysts are common among dogs that have long or heavy coats because they often occur from excessive moisture collecting under their paws. Keep an eye out for signs of discomfort, including limping, licking at his feet excessively, or refusing to walk altogether around puddles or wet areas outside. If you notice these symptoms in your pup after being outdoors, take him into seeing your veterinarian as soon as possible so he can diagnose.