Mushy Pad Disease in Cats
Article appears courtesy of my colleague, Richard Malik
Post Graduate Foundation
PGF VETERINARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE CENTRE
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY NSW 2006
Feline pododermatitis is a poorly understood disorder that effects the carpal and metacarpal pads of cats. The affected pads feel soft and mushy, like marshmallows. The surface can appear wrinkled and flaky and can be ulcerated. Cats can be affected on one or all paws. Cats are usually admitted when ulcers are present as they tend to bleed intermittently.
The condition has been seen in a number of European countries as well as USA and Australia. Veterinarians have had a variety of approaches, including surgery where the abnormal material is scooped out followed by stitches and a course of prednisolone and/or antibiotics.
Vibravet was released onto the Australian Veterinary Market a few years ago and since then several cats have been treated with doxycycline monohydrate. The majority of patients responded although it took several weeks or months for the affected pads to return to normal.
A few cats have developed “mushy pad” following a bite injury to the pad. Other cases where all pads are affected may be the result of multiple abrasions from a sharp surface.