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Browse our veterinary-reviewed Dog and Cat Illness Guide to learn more about pet health. Always talk to your veterinarian if you have a concern about your pet's symptoms or health.
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Canine Pododermatitis

Pododermatitis is a skin condition where the footpad becomes inflamed.

CAUSES:

Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. However, there are many possible causes for pododermatitis:

SIGNS:

Pododermatitis can affect one or all of your dog's feet. The exact signs are dependant on the cause. Look out for:

DIAGNOSIS:

Effective treatment depends on the cause of inflammation.

Your veterinarian will:

Your veterinarian may also perform some of the following tests:

TREATMENT:

Veterinarian recommended treatment depends on the cause. Some examples:

Bacterial infection:

Lesions:

PREVENTION:

PROGNOSIS:

Depending on the diagnosis, most dogs respond well to treatment and can enjoy normal lives.

Some dogs do not respond to treatment and have recurrences. Dogs with allergies or immune disorders may have recurring inflammations.

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