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What are Interdigital Cysts in Dogs & how to treat them

Posted on: Nov 22 2019

Is your dog licking his paws? Or limping? Interdigital cysts are a series of inflamed and often infected tissue between your dog’s toes. They are commonly found on the front paws and can be a result of many different skin conditions. These can range from mites to ingrown hairs to allergies. It can be a painful and frustrating experience for your dog, however there are things you can do to treat the problem.

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So what causes these lumps?

Various factors can cause Interdigital Cysts in dogs, however here are some of the more common causes:

  • A short and coarse coat (prone to ingrown hairs)
  • Paw shape
  • The environment
  • Obesity
  • Skin irritation that cause dogs to lick their paws

What symptoms are involved?

Most symptoms of Interdigital Cysts in dogs are obvious. Some include:

  • Foot licking
  • Limping
  • Sores between the toes
  • Paws bleeding

If you recognise any of these symptoms you may want to take your dog to a veterinarian to get a correct diagnosis.

interdigital cysts in dogs paws


It is important that the issue is diagnosed so that ongoing treatment or continual monitoring of your dog’s paws are prioritised. During the consultation the vet may perform or advise:

  • A review of the dog’s history
  • An examination of the feet
  • A skin biopsy be taken
  • A blood test t0 check for thyroid disease
  • Allergy testing take place.


There is a lot of information out there indicating some treatment is more beneficial than others. Here is a list of treatments that is commonly recommended:

  • Residual topical rinses and shampoos
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Surgery

If you think your dog may have interdigital cysts, it is best to have them checked by a veterinarian to determine a diagnosis and avoid any possible infection.

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To have your dog examined for interdigital cysts, contact us today so our veterinarians can provide you with more information. You can call Karingal Veterinary Hospital to make an appointment with our friendly staff or book online.

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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week.

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- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Closed on Sundays,

* We are closed on public holidays.