Interdigital cyst in Bulldogs
and French Bulldogs

Interdigital Cysts In Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Interdigital Cysts in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are a common to the breed and is often a lifelong challenge. Interdigital cyst other names are Bulldog Interdigital Furuncles and Bulldog Pododermatitis, though they are not always one of the same.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, most bully owners associate this medical term with the bright, red, puffy, sometimes erupting lesion as seen in the interdigital web space when visualized from above. Histologically, those lesions are nodular and not a true cyst (a cyst is a closed sac structure filled with liquid). True interdigital cysts are usually visualized under the toes and are usually due to trauma to the paw hair follicles which could end with it becoming plugged and possibly infected.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION:Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs blisster

  • Red, Swollen, Blood filled blister.
  • Limp and Pain
  • Itching, Licking, Biting
  • Rupture of the “cyst” leading to an infection

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RULE of THUMB:

LIFE LONG CYCLE: Bulldog intgerdigtal cyst can flare in cycles and could remain a life long probelm you will need to manage. The majority of bulldog interdigital cyst should and can be managed topically with bully skin fold wips, rinse, lotions and spary and a dip in water mixed with apson salts and antiseptic selutions (like Dr. Kraemers V4B Bully antispetic extra strength rinse). 

SURGERY: Surgery probing should be avoided and discourged with the exception of foxtails.

A comon cause of interdigital cysts in bulldogs and French bulldogs is 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 underlining common factors are:

  • ALLERGIES: Bulldog and French Bulldog Allergies (itch atopic dermatitis, pododermatitis, and food allergy)Interdigital cyst in Bulldog and French Bulldog
  • PYODERMA: Bulldog and French Bulldog Infections (Bulldog pyoderma and Bulldog yeast infection)
  • MITES: Bulldog and French Bulldog Demodex Red mite
  • PEMPHIGUS: Bulldog and French Bulldog immune-mediated skin disease (bulldog pemphigus)
  • HYPERKERATOSIS: Bulldog and French Bulldog Dermal Keratinization Conditions
  • FOXTAIL: Bulldog and French Bulldog Foreign Body (foxtail)
  • ARTHRITIS: Bulldog and French Bulldog Osteoarthritis (abnormal placement of the paw with uneven pressure leading to trauma to the digit hair follicle)
  • OBESITY: Bulldog and French Bulldog Obesity (excessive wait on the paw leading to hair follicle trauma)

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSTIC TEST:

  • Skin scrape (mites)
  • Cytology (Bacteria and Yeast)
  • Skin cultures
  • Skin biopsies

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French BULLDOG MAINTENANCE:

Interdigital cyst in Bulldog and French Bulldog require long term therapy that combines topical and suppluments as well as systemic therapy in severe cases.

Treatment Includes:

1. SOAKING: An inexpensive, safe and effective bulldog interdigital cyst care and maintenance is a daily soak with lukewarm water mixed with Epson salts and antibacterial solution like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Antiseptic rinse XS,Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs antiseptic rinse

2. WIPING, SPRAYING, RINSING, SHAMPOO: A daily wipe, rinse, or spray of your bulldog or French bulldog toes with a combination of anti-yeast and antibacterial medicated products like  Dr. Kraemer’s V4B antiseptic XL Skin fold wipes, rinse, spray or lotion(also available in economic bully skin fold bundles) and V4B Antiseptic Extra Strenght Medicated Shampoo

SUPPLEMENTS:

3. PAIN RELIEF (RX) such as NSAID, Gabapentin and Tramadol

3. TOPICAL OINTMENTS (RX): Topical antibacterial ointment like mupricin and panalog is sometimes necessary.

4. SYSTEMIC ANTISEPTICS (RX): Systemic antibiotics and systemic antifungal medication might be necessary in moderate to severe interdigital cyst cases.

5. SYSTEMIC ANTI INFLAMMATORY & ITCH CONTROL (RX): Systemic anti-inflammatory, anti-itching 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 drug-like Apoquel, cytopoint, and cyclosporine.

6. COLD LASER: I often recommend Non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory healing modalities like Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMT) and Class 4 Cold laser therapy.

7. STEM CELL THERAPY:  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. Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs stem cell therapy before

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS:

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs FOOD ALLERGY TIP #1: if your bulldog or French bulldog suffers from an 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 your bulldog is also suffering from gastrointestinal problems like indigestion and gas.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT DURATION 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.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WEIGHT LOST 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 loss for those overweight bulldogs will be beneficial.Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs after stem cell therapy

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs IMMUNOTHERAPY TIP #4: if itch atopic dermatitis is suspected a VARL test is recommended to help identify the environmental allergen followed by immunotherapy. Immunotherapy can save the owner money by reducing the dependency on anti-itch and antibiotics drugs. Immunotherapy is safe, cost-effective and medically effective treatment options for long-term control of bulldog atopic dermatitis.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs FOOD TRIAL TIP #5: If a food allergy is likely, then I recommend a 3-4 months trial prescription hypoallergenic elimination diet with a novel protein or hydrolyzed protein.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DURATION WARNING #1: a recurrent chronic interdigital cyst could be caused by inappropriate antibiotic therapy (too short a course, wrong dosage, wrong drug).Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs topical treatment

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MRSP 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.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs FRICTION WARNING #3: Any chronic friction of opposed surfaces of your bulldog toes can cause an interdigital cyst

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs STEROIDS WARNING #4: dependency and excessive use of steroids 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.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs FOXTAIL WARNING #5 interdigital cyst in bulldogs can be confused with a foreign body like foxtail.

Interdigital Cyst in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs SCARRING WARNING #6: Ongoing Chronic bulldog interdigital infections can lead to secondary scarring

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