Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not
My bulldog has been on Apequol for years now. His paws are always bad in the summer months and usually fine in cold weather. This year his paws are pretty bad in the winter months. Typically the cysts occur on the top of his paws in between his pads but lately, they are blistering under his paws and I between his pads. My vet recommended cyclosporine to help solve my bulldog interdigital cysts.
I’m hesitant to start it. I do chlorohexidine soaks daily. I don’t know how to proceed. I used to think this was an environmental allergy related but not sure anymore. Also, do you recommend the removal of his webs in between toes as a solution? I’d really rather not do that but vet also suggested this.
Answer for Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not
Answer for Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not, Dear Tammy, your vet should first try to figure the underlining cause, once it is identified it will be easier to customize an integrative response.
If it’s seasonal I would lean towards allergies such as bully allergic itch atopic dermatitis. Nevertheless, I suspect that it is bulldog interdigital cysts which is often a cyclic condition with periods of flaring and periods of calm.
Answer for Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not: CAUSE
Bulldog interdigital cysts are due to a plugged inflamed sometimes infected injured hair follicle. The injury usually occurs due to trauma and the bulldog inherits anatomy that includes excessive weight, short bristly hair, and toe webbing as well as common bulldog orthopedic problems such as bully elbow dysplasia that affect your bulldog gate and weight placement. This unfortunate combination allows for abnormal movement of the hair shaft during walks as well as constant friction between the toes and pads. The injured follicle becomes inflamed, plugged, puffy, red, and may erupt.
The blistered cyst can become infected, itchy, itchy, and painfully.
Answer for Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not: SURGERY
Surgery should be left as a last resort, when done incorrectly it will often make the problem worse. The preferred surgical method ablation and must be done by someone experienced with this procedure.
Tip: bully interdigital cyst blisters on top but the origin is in the bottom of the paw
Answer for Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not: RX (prescription)
Medical management is my method of choice for most cases often requires short-term RX that includes anti-inflammatory such as steroids, NSAID, or cyclosporine, as well as antibiotics and pain management. Cyclosporine’s common side effects are GI such as vomit and diarrhea.
Answer for Bulldog Paw Interdigital Cyst Surgery or Not: NON-RX (non-prescription)
Long term management usually includes dipping and soaking with Epson salts mixed with antibacterial and antifungal like my V4B bully skin fold antiseptic rinse all mixed in lukewarm water. You can wipe under the paw and between the digit with my V4B bully skin fold antiseptic XL wipes.
Products to reduce discomfort and inflammation include supplements like my V4B Bully Fish Oil Immune-Skin-Joint chews and Bully Comfort & AcheLess Formula. If your bulldog is suffering from arthritis you should also add a joint supplement like my V4B Bully Advance Total Joint
Last, I have treated severe cases with stem cell therapy, you can see the before and after here.