What You Need to Know About Pyoderma

Dog owners should know that you need to take great care of your dog in order to make him live a healthy life. If the owner is careless or the dog's immune system is weak, the dog can easily get sick. For example, pyoderma is a relatively common disease in dogs.

Do you know pyoderma? If your dog has pyoderma, do you know what to do? Let's have a look at what is pyoderma, the causes of pyoderma, and preventive measures.


1. What is Pyoderma?

Pyoderma is a dermatitis that occurs between the toes. A common symptom is that a lump will grow between the dog's toes or other parts of the foot. At first, it will be as big as acne, and then it will become larger and larger. In severe cases, the lump will break open and pus or blood will flow out. Dogs may dare not to step on the ground because of swelling and pain.

At first, the skin may turn red, and the hair near the toes also begins to change color. Dogs may lick their feet repeatedly because of itching, or aggravate inflammation due to infection with external bacteria, and eventually form pustules.

2. Causes of Pyoderma

Dog feet are too wet

If the dog's feet are always moist and wet, the abrasion resistance of the cuticle will decrease. When a dog is running on the grass and the ground, it is easy for him to be scratched by sharp things and cause small wounds. In the case that dog paws are wet, the bacteria are more likely to invade the wound and cause infection, and slowly form pustules.

Inflammation due to poor immunity

Pyoderma may also be caused by parasites, atopic dermatitis, allergies to cleansers or dog food, autoimmune diseases, etc. Dogs will always lick their paws due to itching, which indirectly causes wetness between the toes and aggravates inflammation.

Locked up in a cage without foot pads for too long

If the dog is kept in a cage for a long time, and there is no pad at the bottom of the cage, the dog's toes will be stuck on a grill for a long time. The delicate skin between the toes will be rubbed by the metal that is covered with bacteria and cause of inflammation.


3. How to prevent?

Be sure to blow dry after washing your dog's feet

The most common way to prevent pyoderma is to keep your dog's toes dry and clean.
After walking the dog home, you can use a special foot washing cup for pets, so that the gap between the dog's toes can also be cleaned. Be sure to dry the water between the toes carefully with a towel.

After that, use a hair dryer to thoroughly dry the hair between the paws. Do not let the dog go to the nest to rest in the half dry state, because your dog's paws may be always in a humid and warm state.

Trim your dog's nails and cut the hair between toes regularly

Usually dog's nails will be smoothed naturally, but generally it is difficult for dewclaw to grind. If dewclaws are so neglected, they may circle completely around and dig into the leg, the dog can't help licking his feet, which can result in bacteria near the toes.

In addition, too long sole hair is also a major reason for contamination with bacteria, so in order to avoid this, the owner should periodically cut dog nails and trim the sole hair of the dog. The painless pet nail grinding tool is recommended here to make your dog more cooperative.

Use pet-specific disinfectants

Using a pet-specific disinfectant to regularly disinfect the kennel can minimize all kinds of bacteria brought back by the dog and reduce the risk of the dog getting pyoderma.

Visit a vet if abnormality happens

The measures mentioned before are preventive measures, but if you find that your dog has redness or swelling between his toes, you should go to the hospital to check the cause.

Pay attention to wrap the gauze to prevent further infection after applying the medicine, and also prepare Elizabethan collars for the dog.


Dog's feet must be wiped and dried in a timely manner. Check your dog's toes for signs of redness usually. Go to the hospital for examination immediately if you find signs of redness. Don't delay the best time for treatment.