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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Flesh between my dog,s paw pads is inflamed, she licks them

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flesh between my dog,s paw pads is inflamed, she licks them a lot
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You've described an interdigital pododermatitis (between the digits paw inflammation).
There are quite a few etiologies for this skin condition including bacterial infections, yeast (Malassezia) infection, dermatophytosis (fungal infections), demodicosis (the Demodex mange mite), and atopy (allergies to environmental allergens).
Candy's vet will need to perform a cytology (microscopic exam of a small sample of Candy's skin surface) looking for abnormal numbers of bacteria or yeast and a skin scraping looking for the Demodex mite in order to clarify why Candy's skin is so inflamed. If no infectious organisms can be found, an allergic dermatitis is suspected - both atopy and a food intolerance will cause such licking.
Therapy would be predicated upon the findings of testing but might include a systemic antibiotic such as cephalexin, a systemic antiyeast drug such as ketoconazole, a corticosteroid such as prednisone (particularly if allergy is suspected), plus a topical cream containing all of the above.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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