Cause and Treatment of a Blister or Bump on Dog Paw

by Greer Kidney

Blister or Bump on Dog Paw

Blister or Bump on Dog Paw

Hi, my schnauzer has developed this bump on her pad. She has a slight limp but it otherwise doesn't bother her. I noticed it 10 days ago. I thought it was a wound, cleaned and kept it covered. It's got bloody bigger but no smaller. It's a little wet, much like a blood blister. We have a vet app Wednesday.

Thank you

Editor Comments on Causes and Care for a Bump on a Dog Pad

Hi Greer,

Sorry to hear about the blister, but glad it doesn't seem to bother your dog.

You need an in-person physical examination for a definitive diagnosis. However, I can offer some general thoughts on this type of issue.

Bumps on dog's pads can be due to several reasons such as:

Foreign body: Things like thorns, glass, or other debris could become lodged in your dog's paw, causing a lump to form.

Bacterial or fungal infection: This can result in lesions or growths on the paw pad.

Cysts, blisters, or growths: These can occur naturally for a variety of reasons, and some may need to be biopsied to determine if they are benign or malignant.

Tumors: While not as common, bumps can sometimes be a sign of a cancerous growth.

Given that the bump has gotten larger and hasn't healed with basic wound care, it would be wise to take your dog to a vet as soon as possible (as you are planning to do.) It could be that the bump is an infected wound, cyst, or something more serious like a tumor, all of which would need appropriate veterinary treatment. Also, the vet can prescribe appropriate pain relief for your dog's limp if needed.

In the meantime, keep the area clean and try to prevent your dog from licking or biting it, as this could potentially cause further irritation or infection.

Be sure to visit your vet and go even sooner if you see any changes to your dog's behavior or health.


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Dog Health Guide

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