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Oozing boil on dog's paw.

Species: Dog
Breed: Labrador
Age: 5-8 years
My dog has a sort of woozing boil on her paw and all around it there is hair loss ..What is it ?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

There are a few things that can cause a boil on a dog's paw.

The first possibility is if there is a foreign object in there such as a splinter or a piece of glass. Sometimes if this is the case we can fix the problem by soaking the paw in some epsom salts three times a day. However, often we will need to use either antibiotics or sometimes even surgery (by your vet) in order to fix the problem.

It's also possible that this is something called an interdigital cyst. We don't know why dogs get these cysts. Again, they sometimes go away with antibiotics and sometimes need surgery.

And another possibility is a tumor.

I would try the epsom salt soaks but if things are not improving within 48 hours then you should have your vet take a look.

I hope everything is ok!

Dr. Marie.

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