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Skin Diseases: Pododermatitis

Paw Disease Care at The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic

The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic staff are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of pododermatitis. Pododermatitis is an inflammatory disease that involves the toes, nails, paw pads, or entire paw of your pet. It occurs more often in dogs, but cats can also be affected. There are many conditions and diseases that can cause pododermatitis, including:

  • Infection
  • Allergy
  • Immune disease
  • Hormonal disease
  • Cancer
  • Environmental factors

Diagnosing Pododermatitis

There are many causes of pododermatitis, and proper diagnosis is the key to determining a successful treatment protocol. We will collect a thorough history of your pet and provide a physical exam. Additional diagnostic testing can assist in the identification of the underlying cause of the pododermatitis and may include skin scrapings, fungus culture, biopsy, bacterial culture, and allergy testing. Based on your pet’s results, a customized treatment plan will be developed.

Treating Pododermatitis

The treatment of pododermatitis is based on the underlying cause of the skin disease. Surgical and pharmaceutical treatments are available, in addition to prescription diets. If the underlying cause is environmental, eliminating the cause should prevent recurrence. For example, pets should be removed from moist housing and rough surfaces.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment if you notice any signs of pododermatitis in your pet, which may include:

  • Swollen paws
  • Red and inflamed paws with nodules, ulcers, and open sores
  • Constant licking of the paws, resulting in hair loss
  • Red and sensitive skin surrounding the nails
  • Scaling, crusting, pus, or blood filled blisters
  • Lameness or difficulty walking, especially if the paw pads are involved