Do Any Of You Glue Squad Members Have This Problem?

Posted by Francesca

Every spring, I have a paw problem that is so irritating and annoying.  It's an allergy that causes these horrible bulges between my toes and here's my blog posting about it.

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Sharkey, it looks like the sun has come out and I could really soak up some rays.  GK is already on the terrace, so let's go too!

1 Sharkey, it looks like the sun has come out and I could really soak up some rays. GK is already on the terrace, so let's go too!

Hi, GK, you look quite content basking in the sun.  GK, every spring I get these things between my toes.  The vet calls them interdigital cysts and they're quite irritating.

2 Hi, GK, you look quite content basking in the sun. GK, every spring I get these things between my toes. The vet calls them interdigital cysts and they're quite irritating.

Francesca, that's terrible!  Is there anything I can do?

3 Francesca, that's terrible! Is there anything I can do?

I don't think so.  I'll just rest here on this soft towel.  The vet said that

4 I don't think so. I'll just rest here on this soft towel. The vet said that "interdigital cyst" is the common name for focal, fibrous, or infected lesions that grow from the webbing of the paws.

Allergy to organic matter that a dog comes in contact with is the most common stimulus for for this problem.  The trouble is, we can't figure out what I'm allergic to in the spring.

5 Allergy to organic matter that a dog comes in contact with is the most common stimulus for for this problem. The trouble is, we can't figure out what I'm allergic to in the spring.

What occurs is that inflammation leads a focal region of clogged hair follicles.  These follicles become infected, the inflammation worsens, and adjacent follicles get affected, then infected.

6 What occurs is that inflammation leads a focal region of clogged hair follicles. These follicles become infected, the inflammation worsens, and adjacent follicles get affected, then infected.

Then what happens is I start to lick those areas making inflammation and bacterial inoculation worse and my body tries to protect itself by laying down scar tissue and a cyst forms.

7 Then what happens is I start to lick those areas making inflammation and bacterial inoculation worse and my body tries to protect itself by laying down scar tissue and a cyst forms.

Epsom salt and Traumeel to the rescue!

8 Epsom salt and Traumeel to the rescue!

Laura Acuna gives me a foot bath once a day for this condition which, by the way, isn't as bad this spring as in years past.

9 Laura Acuna gives me a foot bath once a day for this condition which, by the way, isn't as bad this spring as in years past.

Laura measures out about 1/4 cup of soothing epsom salts.

10 Laura measures out about 1/4 cup of soothing epsom salts.

She mixes it in nice warm water.

11 She mixes it in nice warm water.

Then, she finds me and carries me to the sink.  What dog would go willingly?  Maybe a Labrador retriever!

12 Then, she finds me and carries me to the sink. What dog would go willingly? Maybe a Labrador retriever!

OK, this really isn't so bad.

13 OK, this really isn't so bad.

I have to stand here for ten minutes.

14 I have to stand here for ten minutes.

Laura swishes the water around.

15 Laura swishes the water around.

Sharkey watches on, wondering and worrying if she's next.

16 Sharkey watches on, wondering and worrying if she's next.

Drying time

17 Drying time

And now for the Traumeel to help reduce inflamation.

18 And now for the Traumeel to help reduce inflamation.

I feel better already!

19 I feel better already!

Comments (16)

  • I don't have bulges between my tootsies, but I do have a gnarly hammer toe! lol :)

    Kidding aside, I'm sorry to hear about your plight Frannie.

    Soaking your paws actually looks quiet nice. I bet your paws like the relief!

    Let us know if you find out what is causing the cysts!

    Happy Wednesday to all...
    gail

  • Get well soon Franny!

  • Ahhhhh, poor Francesca.
    I wonder if wearing booties in the spring would help. At dog shows I sometimes see dogs wearing very fashionable boots. They make all different styles and colors. You could color coordinate with your sweaters. If you get some, you will have to show us how you look in them.
    Well Glue Squad members, no deck time. It rained all night so that means the deck it wet. But I was thinking that if I go get that dryer that Karen uses on us and dry a space big enough for me to lay in, everything will be right in my world. Now where did she put that thing..........
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Francesca,Sharkey, Handsome G.K., Maddox, and all my glue squad buddies,
    Francesca, we hope you feel better real soon! That looks painful but its nice Laura is giving you soothing epsom salts baths.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY FAVOR!!!! A big purring hello and hope you enjoy your special day!!!
    Mom has some dental issue today so we have to sign off- purrs to all- especially Kitty!
    James Dean the persian cat boy

  • Hello Girls, G.K. & Glue Squad Buddies,
    This cyst and infection problem due to allergies of some sort looks painful. Thank goodness you have Nurse Laura to the rescue. I think our Professor Maddox had the answer. Booties to the rescue. I have seen very stylin' ones also that even come like rain boots and are rubber. Mama Martha with her design team at Petsmart needs to come up quickly with your line. Meanwhile have her get you some on-line or at a dog show---they sell everything I hear there.

    And now for my Happy Birthday song to BABY FAVOR---Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Baby Favor, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.....and many more!! Could ya hear me?? Happy #11 today. That seems to be popular in the Glue Squad this year---lucky 11!!! I will party till the cows come home. Have a good one Baby Favor!!

    Delia, I am worried about you and your brain. How did the MRI thing go? Was it scary? Rebel, any baby ducks yet? Dudley, is it still raining? We are due for 4-8 inches of snow this afternoon. Missy, has it been lounge time on the deck. Abby and Jimmy, glad your friend at the Marathon is o.k. Zoe, any news on the garage critter? You could set up a night camera like my Dad has, or flour around the cat food and then you can see the size prints. I hear of this from James Dean on his Sherlock adventures. Now Jake and Molly when will you be at the spa? Sounds fun. Riley, Martha and Lucy how is in Canada--getting snow like me?? Sonya, I have had loads of response to Lady Ruby Gem's Landscape Design Business. I think it is your clever name. And girlfriend, Chloe, I know Mom is busy (having a teenager in the house is hard work, even at their best) but you have to tell the Gluesquad what you have been up to these days. I know my busy mind forgot someone, but I love you all and hope you have a GEM of a day.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Morning Girls, GK & Glue Squad, Nice to see all of you together & Frannie, sorry you are having an allergy flare up. So far, Mom has not noticed anything like this on my paws. Hope not, I don't like to get my paws wet when I don't have to. Laura is taking good care of you as always. Well, officials in Boston are working very hard to obtain more info, evidence and checking everything to help answer questions of Monday's attack. It has taken the wind out of most people; changed lives forever for families and the tv news updates constantly. On a happier note, Happy Birthday, Baby Favor-hope you get lots of toys, treats, gifts & hugs. Is a special party planned? Ruby, hear there's lots of snow for you to play in. Maddox, did you find the dryer? hehe. Kitty, hope you haven't brought Mom any more surprises to the back door. How did Mom make out with her tests? Hi Rebel, Dudley Do Right, Cora Belle, Zoe, Chloe, Abby & James Dean, Kirby, Martha, Lucy, Riley, Molly & Jake, hope everyone has a great day.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Francesca, so sorry to hear about your paw problem. I hope you recover and feel better very soon. You and your sister Sharkey are adorable and I love reading your blog every day!

    M

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Oh, sweet little Francesca, your toe sure does look miserable and luckily I've never had that problem and I sure wish you didn't either. How nice that handsome GK wanted to help you! How great that wonderful Laura Acuna knew exactly what to do to make you feel a bit better and sure hope that infection goes away ASAP! Hopefully Sharkey and GK didn't have it either! Hope all 3 of you have a great day and hope Laura does, too!!!! Maddox, what a great idea for Franny to use those beautiful boots to protect her feet in the spring! Jimmy Dean, sure hope you Mom will feel better real soon! Thanks for reminding me to wish Baby Favor a happy 11th Birthday today!! Hi sweet, intelligent Ruby! I absolutely love reading your comments today and I agree about all the thing you are saying to our Glue Squad Buddies and F, S,&GK! You are so thoughtful! Luckily we haven't had a lot of rain but it is a bit cooler! Enjoy that latest snow! Cora-Belle, where are you sweetheart? Miss hearing from you! Hope all have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning F & S

    Oh NO!! Toe issues again - maybe its pollen??? I hope they don't get too large that you need surgery. Keep up with the foot baths.

    Speaking of baths I had to go get one yesterday. What the hell this is occuring on a regular basis now a days - I don't smell!!! The Labs have to go in a few weeks to get their summer buzz cut. I can't wait I'm sick of all their hair falling out all over the place - shedding YUK....

    Besides my visit to the groomer yesterday I come home to find the luggage out! Yes they are leaving me again and Supper Nanny arrives on Saturday :(

    I'm having such a bad week - I need a TP fix......

    Zoe

  • Hello Everyone: We have not posted in a few days and I must apologize, we have been very busy! No one here has foot problems like poor Francesca, we all have very hairy feet (kinda like Clydesdale horses!) so I don't think our skin even touches the ground, unless we get wet, and then we are just a real mess! Hopefully the booties will work, if Franny will keep them on - I know I wouldn't, but maybe its cause my feet are so hairy .....
    Anyways, Happy Birthday to Baby Favor, we wish you the best birthday ever, with lots of treats (have some pizza and cake for us!). Lucy's birthday is coming up in May and we will certainly be planning a big party for her - she is a high maintenance girl and we need to celebrate to the max - the three of us can snarfle down a large pepperoni pizza in about 3 minutes - we only get to do this on birthdays, so we love birthdays! Well, what is new? Weather has been getting better and better, grass is turning green, gardens are coming alive again, its great to stay outdoors all day - we like to sleep under the trees in our custom dug (by me, of course)troughs - its so nice in the shade in the cool earth. Mom does get very excited though when I start any new excavations - I have several models to choose from, the house foundation excavation (just in case you are looking for leaks), the garden bed big hole (for finding things you might have lost), the middle of the grass (for no good reason at all, just because) or the future pond excavation over the septic tank clean out hole! Darn, I'm good!!! I have joined Ruby Girl's landscape design firm - I'm now the International Foreman.
    On the weekend we were outside running around at 90mph and I bashed into the backside of Mom's knee, she fell down, wrecked up her back and elbow and dumped her coffee all over me and herself. Coffee was good (although I don't really need the caffeine), Mom wasn't. That was definately a time out for me (and no one every asked me how I felt). Ah well, everyone seems to be on the mend, Lucy and Martha are outside basking in the sun, so I think I'll go out and join them. Love and beardie bounces from the devil dog - Riley, Martha & Lululemon.

  • Holy cow is there a lot going on with everybody! Those sure are awful looking bumps, Frannie girl. I'd be licking them, too! I have a warty situation. I have little wart-like things on my front legs, I like to chew on them. Dr. Becky says that they are nothing to worry about.
    Mrs Acuna sure takes good care of you. Do you ever give her a kiss?
    First, a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY FAVOR!

  • OOPS, I'm back.. I hit ENTER. Zoe, not sure about a TP fix. You don't need trouble although I sure would like to see you in action! There's luggage out at my house, too. Papa is going golfing & Mimi is going shopping with girlfriends, I get to be with Dr Becky & crew for the weekend. Sure hope there aren't any thunderstorms on Friday or Saturday night. It could get really noisy in the kennel....
    Too muddy for digging around these parts. The lake is high & the sump pump is pumping. The ducks are happy (no ducklings yet).
    I'll check back to see if we hear from Delia & Cora Belle.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi Franny,
    Sorry to read about your boo-boo but I too think that pawboots might be the way to go. Enjoy your foot baths, Epsom salts can do wonders!

  • Good morning all - you seem to post so early - guess it is that East Coast time. We West Coasters don't wake that early!!

    Maddox - I think you have a good idea there on wearing booties! And Martha should have one in every color and style for you!

    Ruby, Thanks for thinking of all of us. It seems you never miss a beat!

    Jakey

  • Oh boy... Don't you just love the Frenchies and their paw licking? Rocco, our creme colored frog has a lighter version of this every winter/spring. We use Vetericyn VF Hydrogel Spray once per day and it works: http://www.vetrxdirect.com/product/view/vetericyn-vf-hydrogel-spray

    You seem to have a remedy that is working as well, but just thought I would give this wonderful product a recommendation as well.

    Be well,
    John, Rocco, Olive and Bocce

  • John, thank you for that recommendation. I like that the product is nontoxic and has a range of use. I will order some to try.

    I have a black brindle Frenchie who looks a lot like Francesca. I definitely feel her pain though.

    This January and now again in June, this little bump similar looking to Frannie's cyst has popped up on one of his back toes, accompanied by a nasty red yeast infection between, probably from all the licking. The vet gave me something called Pharmaseb wipes this summer that are anti fungal and anti bacterial but I have to be careful about him licking it. We've been using them for almost a month, wiping every night, and the bump is gone and the yeast infection is clearing up too. I also give him 1 benedryl in the morning, and one at night as directed by the vet to control his licking the area, which must be itchy and painful :(

    I've also used Zymox cream in the past. It is a "natural" type of product that has enzymes in it that can cure fungal and bacterial infections.. I like their ear products the most especially for stinky dirty ears. The cream is good and nontoxic if licked, but is not very potent so must be applied frequently, 2X a day at least.

    My vet thinks the bump and yeast infection are from allergies too, but we're not sure exactly what, either. Though she says it's likely not food, it's something in the environment he's coming in contact with -- a tree or grass pollen, a fabric in our house, etc. If it progresses, then we can get an allergy skin test done. But until then, I just have to keep his paws clean and dry. Not the worst I suppose, considering he has no other skin or coat problems....yet!

    I will definitely try an epsom salt soak, although I don't think he'll comply. I'll check out Traumeel too. I'm so happy I found this post, albeit late.

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