Interdigital Cyst In Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is common to the breed and is often a lifelong challenge. Interdigital cyst other names are Interdigital furuncles and Pododermatitis though they are not always one of the same. The condition most recognize by bulldog owners and the one associated with this term is typically a bright red puffy sometimes erupting lesion located in your bulldog or French bulldog interdigital web space (visualized from above between his or her toe) . Histologically, those lesion are nodular and not a true cyst (a cyst is closed sac structure filled with liquid). True interdigital cysts in bulldogs are less common and usually visualized under the toes and are usually due to trauma that lead to plugged infected hair follicle.
Interdigital cyst in Bulldog and French Bulldog are often due to:
-Bulldog and French Bulldog Allergies (itch atopic dermatitis, pododermatitis and food allergy)
-Bulldog and French Bulldog Infections (Bulldog pyoderma and Bulldog yeast infection)
-Bulldog and French Bulldog Demodex Red mite
-Bulldog and French Bulldog immune mediated skin disease (bulldog pemphigus)
-Bulldog and French Bulldog Dermal Keratinization Conditions (bulldog follicular cyst and food pad hyperkeratosis)
-Bulldog and French Bulldog Foreign Body (fox tail)
Diagnostic test for Interdigital cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs should include skin scrape (mites), Cytology (Bacteria and Yeast), and in some severe cases skin cultures and biopsies are also recommended.
Interdigital cyst in Bulldog and French Bulldog require long term therapy that respond best to a combination of both topical and systemic therapy.
1. Daily soak your bulldog toes with lukewarm water mixed with Epson salts and antibacterial solution like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Antiseptic rinse, is inexpensive and effective interdigital cyst bulldog maintenance.
2. Daily wipe or immerse your bulldog or French bulldog puppy toes with a mix combination of anti-yeast and antibacterial wipes or lotion like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Skin fold wipe, rinse or lotion.
3. Topical antibacterial ointment like mupricin and panalog is sometime necessary
4. Systemic antibiotics and systemic antifungal medication might be necessary in moderate to severe interdigital cyst cases.
5. Systemic anti-inflammatory, anti-itch allergy medication is often needed in a severe case of bulldog interdigital cyst. The prescription will usually be in the form of a cortisones or preferably non-steroidal drugs like Apoquel and cyclosporine.
6. I often recommend Non pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory healing modalities like Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMT) and Class 4 Cold laser therapy.
7. Stem Cell Therapy and Cryobanking for Interdigital cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs: I have successfully treated non-responsive severe cases of Interdigital cyst in Bulldog and French Bulldog who either reacted adversely to the traditional oral and injectable medication or/and did not improved on those drugs with this new cutting edge regenerative medicine technology.
One of the most common cause of interdigital cysts in bulldogs and French bulldogs is a deep bacterial infection due to the short bristly hairs located on the interdigital webbing between your bulldog toes. The short shafts of hairs are easily forced into the hair follicles during exercise and walking. Other common reasons are bulldog Demodicosis and bulldog allergic itch atopic dermatitis
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #1: if your bulldog or French bulldog suffers from interdigital cyst and is also itching his belly, ears and other areas you should suspect allergies as the underlining cause. food allergy should be suspected when you bulldog is also suffering from gastrointestinal problems like indigestion and gas
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2: : treating Bulldog and French Bulldog Interdigital cyst often includes systemic medication for both the itch and inflammation as well as the yeast and bacteria. The treatment should continue for a few weeks and often requires a much longer treatment duration.
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3: : overweight Bulldogs and French Bulldog are at risk for interdigital cyst due to abnormal weight-bearing distribution and secondary increased friction between the skin and footpads. Weight lost for those overweight bulldogs will be beneficial.
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4: : if itch atopic dermatitis is suspected the a VARL test is recommended to help identified the environmental allergen followed by immunotherapy. For the long-term Immunotherapy in bulldogs and French bulldog puppies can save the owner money by reducing the dependency on anti itch and antibiotics drugs. It is also much safer for you bulldog puppy. be one of the more cost-effective and medically effective treatment options for long-term control of atopy in many dogs.
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #5: : If food allergy is likely, then I recommend an elimination diet 3-4 months trial with a novel protein prescription diet or hydrolyzed protein prescription diet. will be indicated
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1: : Chronic, recurrent interdigital cyst is most often caused by inappropriate antibiotic therapy (too short a course, wrong dosage, wrong drug).
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #2: multi-drug resistant bacterial infections like MRSP are becoming increasingly common, thus I recommend cultures for non-resolving interdigital cyst cases who are currently on prescribed imperial antibiotics treatment .
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #3: Any chronic friction of opposed surfaces of your bulldog toes can cause interdigital cyst
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #4: dependency and excessive use of steroid can lead to serious adverse effects. There are new non steroidal anti itch medication and injection in the market as well as non pharmaceutical anti inflammatory healing modalities like stem cell therapy, PRP, PEMT and Cold Laser Therapy.
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #5 interdigital cyst in bulldogs are ooften confused with foreign body like fox tail
Dr. Kraemer’s Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #6: Ongoing Chronic bulldog interdigital infections can lead to secondary scarring