What are interdigital cysts?
Interdigital cysts are often called interdigital furunculosis. It's inflammation of the fleshy part between your dog’s toes. Lesions originate in the hair follicle and can worsen if bacteria is present. Cysts often appear on the outer 2 digital areas of the paw. And more than 1 cyst can be present on any paw.
Signs of interdigital cysts
- Licking the affected paw
- Inflammation between the toes
- Hairless bump
- Fluid-filled or pus-filled
Home treatments for interdigital cysts
- Epsom Salt Soaks - Add a small amount of epsom salt to warm water, mix, and soak affected paw for 10 minutes. The epsom salt will draw out toxins so skin can heal.
- Douxo Chlorhexidine - This product is available as shampoo, wipes, or topical mousse. Both antibacterial and antifungal, it can reduce skin irritations and strengthen the skin.
- Bentonite Clay - Mix bentonite clay with water to form a paste. Apply paste to the affected interdigital area and let sit until dry (~10 minutes). Rinse off with lukewarm water and dry the area. The clay will help to draw out toxins and ease inflammation.
Consult a veterinarian if the interdigital cyst:
- increases in size
Some cysts need interventions like surgery or CO2 laser.
If your dog is prone to interdigital cysts, epsom salt paw soaks can help. Use as a once weekly treatment to prevent paw irritations. This will keep your dog's paws looking great all summer long.
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