Pugs and Paw Care

Originally Written for Pug Partners of Nebraska – Please visit their website to find out how you can help Pugs!

Interdigital cysts can be a problem for any dog, but Pugs may be more disposed to them, and dogs who have spent time on wire grating often develop interdigital cysts secondary to the irritation caused by the wiring. Broken toes are another risk of living on wire flooring.

Wire grating is NEVER an appropriate substrate for sensitive pet paws, but is often used in puppy mill situations to fit too many dogs into too small of an area. It is illegal as a flooring material for pets in many communities, including Omaha.

Sometimes interdigital cysts will occur without prior foot trauma, and sometimes they will mimic other diseases, such as tumors or foreign bodies in the foot. If a “cyst” seems to be growing or is not healing, have it checked by your veterinarian.

Many times interdigital cysts will resolve without treatment. Make sure your Pug is not uncomfortable or favoring one paw over the others. If all else seems well, keep an eye on your Pug and call your veterinarian at the first sign of the problem worsening.

Watch for discomfort, discharge, enlargement of the cyst and failure to resolve in ten to fourteen days. Your veterinarian may remove or lance the cyst and/or prescribe antibiotics or foot soaks.  He or she will also rule out other causes of swelling between the toes, so be sure to have your Pug seen if the problem does not resolve or if it worsens.

Stephanie Alford’s Typhoon

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2 Responses to “Pugs and Paw Care”

  1. Deb Rhoades says:

    Thank you for this information. We recently adopted a female pug, 2 1/2 years old who lived in a Missouri Puppy mill. She’s adjusted very well except for these interdigital cysts. We’ve only had her 2 months and she has had 2 cysts. The vet did lance the first one and sent a sample to the lab to make sure it was not cancerous. It is not. So far the vet bill is up to $300. She just developed the second cyst and we are soaking it , but it is ozzing some blood. I’m hoping it will resolve. Will she continue to get these her entire life? Any other recommendations?

  2. admin says:

    Hi Deb! Sounds like you are on the right track. In my experience dogs who have interdigital cysts do not tend to have chronic problems once they resolve – so you are in the worst of it now, but hopefully what you and your veterinary team are doing will be curative.

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