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    I think Maggie may have an interdigital cyst on one of her back paws. It's inbetween two of her toes. It looks like the pictures I've found on google. There is no cut from what I can see. It started Friday night and we bathed it in peroxide and just in case I've put Neosporin on it at night in case she licks it. I thought that if I put it on at night then she'd sleep and let it soak in. However, it's not getting any better.

    We're stopping her from licking it because that's all she does if we let her.

    Has anybody any experience of these .. what causes them, how to treat them, etc.

    Poor Maggie .....

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    I had a foster dog that got them. No one knows for sure what causes them. But soaking the foot in epsom salt and water twice a day makes it go away. Make sure you dry it completely. It takes a couple days for it to go away.
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    @bulldog family How much epsom salt do you add to the water??

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    If I have to soak paws it's easier to put enough water in the tub to cover the affected area on the paw. Just read the directions on the Epsom Slats it should tell you how much. I just put in a couple of tablespoon in depending on how much water. I adopted a rescue that had on all 4 paws between every toe, I soaked them 1-2 times a day, then dried them and then I used yellow Listerine the old original type. This kills any germs that are there without killing good cells, peroxide kills germs but also kills good cells too. It took about 3-4 weeks for all his to clear but his were bad. They are usually a sign that their allergic to something in their surroundings or food Also I use the Listerine on Mack and Blossom's paws every time I give them a bath and they have never had a cyst ever. Just pour about a half a cap full on each paw at the start of bath. Hope this helps let me know if I can help in anyway.

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    We've used epsom salt soak and it does work!

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    @Ann Farley Hamilton Thanks for the info about the Listerine .. gonna pick some of that up with the epsom salts.

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    I use the old, gold listerine on the dogs feet that lick them. Stops them from licking their feet too.
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    our bulldog growing up had them all the time. My mom was told they are cysts from his allergies. Richard was extremely allergic to grass. He would get them in between every digit in the summer time and would contently lick them. My mom would just get him allergy shots every month. They say the shots are bad for them, but Richard lived to be over 12.

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    Butler used to get them all the time, but not sincere we switched to fromm... i used stridex pads and that seemed to dry them out pretty quickly. the epsom salt, although I have not tried it, is supposed to work well too! good luck!

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    Went to a holistic store today bacause Mikey get's them often. Her recommendation, mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water and spritz it on all his feet every time in comes inside. No need to dry it off, and you can do it often. Gonna give it a try.

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    @bulldog family and @Ann Farley Hamilton

    We have been soaking Maggie's paw in epsom salt solution ... at least once a day. Unfortunately, with our crazy schedules and the fact that it takes two of us to keep her with her paw in the bowl for 10 minutes, it has been closer to being once a day. I noticed that on one side of her nose by her mouth she has little red bumps too that looked very similar so I began to think that this is an allergy to something. So we started the kids benadryl... which actually makes her sleep a lot more - the advantage of it making her sleep is that we can guarantee that she isn't endlessly licking her paw which she does do.

    With the epsom salts, listerine and benadryl we finally seemed to be getting somewhere on Thursday evening ... it looked like it was a much paler pink and some of the swelling had gone. However, it is now seeping clear liquid, and a tiny little bit of blood. I don't know if this is normal or not or if the blood is due to her licking because we don't always manage to stop her all of the time.

    So here are my questions .... if it is slightly bleeding then are we still ok to soak in epsom salts or will it just sting. Since I noticed the spots of blood on the floor when she was walking we stopped the soaks and just wiped with peroxide. My second question, is if anybody has noticed these cysts appearing somewhere else .. like we have with Maggie around one side of her mouth!!??

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    Hmmm... I never noticed it anywhere else. I can't remember if my fosters bled or not... but it won't hurt to keep soaking it. I'm thinking the blood is just from her licking. Can you take a picture of her nose and foot?
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