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How Do I Treat Dog Blisters?

Walking in hot weather or on rough terrain can cause dog blisters.
Itching can indicate blisters caused by an allergy.
Skin irritations are among causes of blisters in dogs.
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  • Last Modified Date: 31 July 2014
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Dog blisters can occur on the paws, in the mouth, and on other parts of the animal's body. The specific treatment for this condition will depend on its underlying cause. A simple blister may be able to be treated with an antibiotic ointment, while for others an antibiotic will be needed.

The pads on a dog's feet are used constantly, and they are especially susceptible to skin irritations. Dog blisters on this part of the body can be attributed to walking on rough terrain or walking outside during hot weather. This type of blister may be intact or have burst, leaving the tender underlying skin exposed.

These types of blisters can be treated by washing the area with an antibacterial product. If a skin flap has developed, it should be left alone or carefully removed by a veterinarian to avoid further irritation. The paw should be wrapped with a clean bandage to keep dirt away from the wound as it is healing.

Other blisters on dogs can be the result of skin irritations due to allergies. The skin in the affected area may be red or raised in appearance. The dog may be scratching in this area, which will only serve to irritate it further. A veterinarian would need to conduct tests to confirm that the condition. Once an allergy has been diagnosed, the veterinarian may recommend that medications like steroids or antihistamines be used.

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Fluid-filled cysts may appear on the dog's skin. If they burst, they may look like blisters. The owner should consider having the dog examined by a doctor to determine whether they are cysts or dog blisters resulting from another medical condition. The cysts may need to be drained as part of the treatment.

Dog blisters on the animal's mouth can be a cause for concern. This type of health issue may be disturbing for owners but the presence of a blister doesn't necessarily mean that the growths are cancerous. In many cases, they can be traced to a virus.

If the blisters change in size and shape over time, this may be a sign that they are not cancerous. A small sample of the tissue can be removed for a biopsy. Any dog blisters that the owner is concerned about should be checked out by a veterinarian. The underlying condition needs to be diagnosed so that the dog can get appropriate treatment.

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Markerrag
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In all these years of owning dogs, I've never had one develop a blister. I'll have to keep an eye on them from here on out to make sure they don't. Considering how often my dogs run through the house, chase my wife's cat that I hate and zip all over the back yard, a blistered paw would be an awful thing.

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