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    Default Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    I noticed that Maximus has a few Inter-digital cysts on his paws. Has anyone had any experience with these. I've read up on this, and checked to see what has to be done. All I read about is soaking the paws in warm water.

    If anyone has any experience with these please let me know.

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    Preperation H will help as well

    Basically what happens is at some point (usually after a nail clipping) the weight on the paws change. When this happens there are new pressure points. The hair between the toes becomes ingrown and causes the cyst, or pocket of infection.

    Sadie got them once after I got her. Her previous owners had let her toenails go, and when the vet clipped them it changed how her paws distributed the weight.

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    @Ann Farley Hamilton should have some good insight for this one. I can only offer her advice which would be to soak it in regular listerine and the above preperation H

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    epsom salt soak works also.

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    Everyone already mentioned everything I could think of LOL Hope Maximus gets better soon!

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    Sounds like some good advice! Hope Maximus gets better!
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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    I just have one question about the use of Preparation-H on an area of the paw between the toes.....

    Wouldn't the dog lick the paws? I don't think it would be really good if Maximus licked Preparation-H ointment .....

    He has cysts on all 4-paws.

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    Wow, cysts on all four paws sounds like an allergy issue and possibly a serious one. Not to alarm you, but interdigital cysts that are present in that number, especially on hard to keep clean paws, can be difficult and lead to serious infection. I speak from second hand experience as one of our bulldog's breeders had a serious bout of them in one dog that resulted in rounds and rounds of antibiotics, cleaning solutions, and almost led to a surgery. That said, it's great you've identified this and are being proactive.

    I recommend soaking in Epsom salts - it cleanses and brings down inflammations and if Maximus is interested in the water, it's no big deal. If you're going to use the Preparation H, you're probably going to have to try to put a clean white sock or something over his paws to prevent from licking.

    There is also another thread on this problem here that has more advice but the Epsom salt really worked well for us.

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    UPDATE:::

    Well, my original post was months ago. Today, Max's interdigital-cysts are still red, swollen and are on all toes, on all 4 paws. Neither one of the VETS in the practice I use seems to be concerned. The recommendation was to clean them with Chlorhexidine solution. I'm not seeing any difference. I think they are bothering Maximus because he is licking them and messing with them. The Internet search
    I did from the Merck Veternary Manual says these should be treated with long-term low dose antibiotics. My VET doesn't seem to be overly concerned. Should I address this again with him and push him to be
    more agressive in his treatment ???

    Thanks.

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    My vet gave my dog antibiotics and a paw spray and the cysts went away quickly. I'd go to another vet. Surgery seems too extreme. In my dog Wilson they have never come back. I regularly wash his paws with water and epsom salt.
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    i have had this issue with sarah. i am surprised your vet it not concerned. my vet did a scraping to make sure it was not mange. it wasnt and it only cleared up when we had sarah on just chicken when she had that serious issue with her food posted in another thread. her paws literaly cleared almost completely up in 4 days. i would advise you to change foods. sarah did not do well with the potato in the totw you are using. it made her worse. i honestly would try maybe a natural balance food. maybe the lamb and rice. keep it simple one protein and one carb. see if he gets better. also are you giving him any antihistamine. like benadryl or i have just changed to zyrtec. if they are that bad antibiotics maybe need to help. you can order some chloraseb shampoo or get one from the vet to soak the paws in. really helped with sarah. its ketoconazone and chlorhexadine the soak anyway. i order from entirelypets but you can get it anywhere you want i guess. i soaked her feet twice a week but you may want to do it more. good luck.

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    Default Re: Inter-digital Cysts. . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    i have had this issue with sarah. i am surprised your vet it not concerned. my vet did a scraping to make sure it was not mange. it wasnt and it only cleared up when we had sarah on just chicken when she had that serious issue with her food posted in another thread. her paws literaly cleared almost completely up in 4 days. i would advise you to change foods. sarah did not do well with the potato in the totw you are using. it made her worse. i honestly would try maybe a natural balance food. maybe the lamb and rice. keep it simple one protein and one carb. see if he gets better. also are you giving him any antihistamine. like benadryl or i have just changed to zyrtec. if they are that bad antibiotics maybe need to help. you can order some chloraseb shampoo or get one from the vet to soak the paws in. really helped with sarah. its ketoconazone and chlorhexadine the soak anyway. i order from entirelypets but you can get it anywhere you want i guess. i soaked her feet twice a week but you may want to do it more. good luck.
    Maximus is on NATURE'S VARIETY INSTINCT - Limited Ingredient Diet - One protein, Grain Free, Gluten Free, and NO Potatoes! Yes, he is on both Zyrtec and Benadryl. The Benadryl does not appear to be effective,
    as his eyes are red and puffy. He is also getting his paws soaked and cleansed in Chlorhexidine solution (The VET gave me a Jug full). I think I will call him and make another appointment and take Max in to have him see them. I still believe he needs Antibiotic therapy, and hope that the change in diet to Nature's Variety Instinct helps.

    Thanks for your help with this.

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