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What are Sebaceous Cysts?

Sebaceous cysts are also referred to as sebaceous gland tumors. These lesions can be found in any age of dog, and can be seen as single growths or occur in multiples. If you see a growth on your pet, consult your veterinarian. Sebaceous cysts can range from a nonserious type to a cancerous tumor.

A sebaceous cyst is a common occurrence in dogs. The sebaceous gland contains sebum, with the purpose of lubricating the hair follicles, hair shaft, and skin. Inflammation can occur when cysts form a sac-like growth under the skin.

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Symptoms of Sebaceous Cysts in Dogs

The appearance of a sebaceous cyst can vary depending on the type.

  • There may be a raised area of skin called a nodule
  • Cysts may be round or elongated
  • Some cysts are slightly mobile under the skin
  • Size can vary from less than ½ an inch to over 2 inches
  • You may see multiple tumors
  • There could be inflammation
  • A cyst can become infected
  • A cyst may bleed
  • The cyst may ooze a yellow substance
Types

Sebaceous cysts are prone to secondary infection. It is recommended that you have a veterinarian check any type of growth that may appear on your dog.

  • Sebaceous gland overgrowth or hyperplasia
    • These usually appear on older dogs
    • They present as a shiny lump
    • This type of cyst is most often seen on the head and abdomen
    • Manchester, Wheaton, and Welsh Terriers are prone
  • Sebaceous gland adenoma/epithelioma
    • These are usually found on older canines
    • The cysts are found on the head and may have pus, covered with crust
    • They can sometimes be found on the eyelid
    • Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, Husky, Coonhound and English Cocker Spaniel are the breeds that are predisposed
  • Sebaceous gland hamartoma
    • This type of cyst is often noticed after birth
    • They are usually about 2 inches in length or diameter
  • Sebaceous gland adenocarcinoma
    • These are malignant cysts found in middle age to older dogs
    • Males are predisposed
    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Scottish, Cairn and West Highland White Terriers are the most likely breed to have this cyst though it is rare
    • This cyst can metastasize to the lymph nodes and lungs

Causes of Sebaceous Cysts in Dogs

Not only can cysts be unsightly, but they can also emit a foul odor or pus. Secondary infection or the possibility of a malignancy are good reasons to have a cyst investigated by the veterinarian.

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Injury or trauma
  • Blockage of a follicle opening (similar to a blocked pore in humans)
  • Insect bite reaction
  • Allergic reaction
  • Follicular inactivity
  • Lack of sebum secretion (for example sebaceous adenitis)
  • Swollen hair follicle
  • Hormonal imbalance

Diagnosis of Sebaceous Cysts in Dogs

The veterinarian will carefully check the entire body of your furry family member to determine the location, number, and appearance of the cysts.

Studies have determined that the best method of evaluating the tissues that make up the cyst is histopathology. This involves a microscopic examination of the tissue (removed by needle aspirate for biopsy, or completely extracted surgically) in order to determine the nature of the cyst. Determining the cause, discovering the prognosis, and ruling out other skin conditions are quite possible with histopathology.

Treatment of Sebaceous Cysts in Dogs

Treatment will depend upon the state of the cysts, the number of cysts, and the health condition of your beloved pet.

If the cyst appears to be relatively new in appearance, you and the veterinary caregiver may take a wait and see approach, which basically means delaying any further treatment until the cyst, if it does, develops.

At a later time, the veterinarian may choose to open and drain the cyst and treat it with a topical medication.

If the cyst has ruptured by the time you make the visit to the clinic, the veterinarian may decide to treat any inflammation or infection that is present, and then surgically remove the cyst. Sometimes a cyst might need to be treated for infection first, and then when that is cleared up, draining is done, and finally a surgical procedure for removal.

If a cyst is found to be a malignant adenocarcinoma, chemotherapy and radiation will most likely follow the best option, which is surgery.

It should be noted that with sebaceous gland overgrowth or adenoma, recurrence is common. The prognosis of removal is usually good, but the recurrence factor must be kept in mind. Also, if many cysts are present, removal is not an easy task.

Recovery of Sebaceous Cysts in Dogs

If the cysts found on your dog are cancerous, then the recovery and management will involve subsequent treatment with follow up appointments to determine if the cancer is being eradicated.

In the case of the simple removal of a few cysts, you will be required to keep the area clean. However, you will be advised not to bathe your dog until the veterinary caregiver gives permission.

Your canine companion may have to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent him from licking or biting the area as it heals. Check the surgery site daily for swelling, redness or bleeding. Consult with the veterinary team if you are unsure of the condition of the surgery site, or if you feel the wound is not improving. The veterinarian will prescribe additional topical medication or antibiotics if necessary.

Though the area where the cysts were located will eventually heal, it is not uncommon for them to resurface, or for new cysts to appear.

Sebaceous Cysts Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Val
American Pit Bull Terrier
9 Months
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

I just want to know what I can do for him I really don't know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hair loss may be caused by a variety of different conditions; these include bacterial infections, fungal infections, parasites, allergies, behavioural chewing or licking, cancer, hormones or trauma. You will need to take Val to her Veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of the hair loss, as the underlying condition would need to be treated as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has the same issue on her paw and will not stop licking it. I know she is very uncomfortabe and may be in pain. I cannot afford these rediculous vet bills any more that why we are all on the internet trying to find answers. Any suggestions

My husky has several. Very itchy lumps all over her body. Back,legs,face and tail.she is also losing hair in these spots. Kinda look like hotspots but to many to consider this. And size of some are super small. I have had blood work to test for lupus and other kidney or liver problems, a biopsy of 5 lumps all of which gave no real answer and she has been on 2 different antibiotics and prednisone. Prednisone brought the lumps down a bit and her hair started to grow back but no more than a week later they came back. I have spent everything I can to figure this out and I'm really at a loss. The vet is now telling me they want to do another set of biopsy to see of its fungus and if it's not that they are saying it's an inflammatory condition which I will have to treat with corticosteroid. Expensive is what they are telling me. Any suggestions, guesses,advice?I m driving myself batty with worry and Google isn't any help

I appreciate the above responses to my comment on my dogs cyst. While the responses were helpful, I would like to make it clear that I am a teenager only concerned about my family dog. I am only using the internet for somewhat immediate info on my dogs condition. Following up: my Boston is doing much better now. While his cyst is not yet removed, it will be in the next week. Thanks for all the concern and help!

-Alexis

Some what helpful. What about a growing spot on the nose.

Hi, I have 9-year-old Boston Terrier who I have diagnosed per your article with a Sebaceous Cyst. It has grown to an uncomfortably large size on my dog's mouth/left lower lip. Perfectly round and also visible in roundness from the inside of the mouth, it consistently leaks blood and puss. Currently, it has formed a scab/crust on the large lesion. This morning he did not leave his bed and did not want to eat breakfast, even when persuaded. He did eat his dinner somewhat willingly, but I'm concerned of an infection due to lake water and exposure to other dogs. Or even worse death... Please respond ASAP! You can email me at [email protected]:)
-Alexis

For Alexis:
Geezus, that sounds like an abscess - INFECTION. Why are u diagnosing via the internet and not taking ur dog to a vet, esp when ur clearly desperate for an answer? If it's a $ issue, call around to vet clinics and ask about costs, someone will wind up hooking you up with a referral to a low cost but good vet. Don't put your dog's welfare in the hands of the internet, for crying out loud.

Take your dog to the vet..... the Internet is not the place to diagnosis what is wrong, but a place to learn more about their ailment. Your animal is suffering. You are a bad pet parent.

i have a black lab and he has a round ball on his paw where he has his webbed toes and its been there for 3 months what is it or what do i do? he licks it and it bleeds and its red.

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Bailey
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scale Lump

Bailey has a cyst that has been treated by his Vet. It was healing nice until he started biting at it yesterday. It is bleeding and we have cleaned it again. What should we do?? It is so expensive to have it removed and he has many other allergy problems that we take care of.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thanks for following up. Unfortunately, surgical removal is usually the best option. However, if the cyst was healing nicely before Bailey started to bite at it, the best option may be to stop him from trying to bite the area either by watching him and preventing him from biting it or to purchase an Elizabethan collar to prevent him biting the area when you’re not at home and to regularly clean the area. If the cyst starts to get bigger or becomes infected, please visit your Veterinarian. Cysts may recur, so bathing Bailey with a shampoo containing benzoyl peroxide to help keep the follicles on the skin clear may also help. Regards, Dr Callum Turner DVM

Can i treat my dogs cyst with amoxicillian? LOW DOSE??

Dr. Turner,,Thank You for your helpful advice. You are the only vet with advice regarding my pets problems. cannot afford any more expensive vet bills so i need to figure it out on my own.
Its less expensive to get a root canal than take her to the vet every few months. Again, Thanks

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Hiroki
American Akita
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump

My dog was diagnosed with sebaceous adenitis approximately two years ago. This past spring he began developing sebaceous cysts all over his whole body. This summer they began to rupture. Our veterinarian said there wasn't much we could do, and he would prescribe antibiotics as needed. My dog seems to be managing somewhat okay so far. At what point should a dog living like this be euthanized? He eats okay, but I'm not sure if he has pain at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sebaceous adenitis is an uncommon condition in dogs, but Akitas are predisposed to this condition; it is thought that the cause is an immune mediated condition with bacterial infection as a secondary complication. The condition may be managed with extensive medical management and regular bathing with medicated shampoo’s and pre-treatments. Euthanasia is considered by many owners concerned about the quality of life of their loved one; with the right management of the condition, Hiroki can have a comfortable life. The recommendation for euthanasia would come from your Veterinarian who would be able to evaluate many factors in determining the recommendation; as long as Hiroki’s quality of life isn’t being affected and there aren’t any behavioural changes (lethargy or depression), euthanasia shouldn’t be necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, My dog has a large one on her back. I am convinced it was caused by a good brand flea and tick drops applied. I had the fluid tested and it was not cancerous. She later developed a serious illness with Diarrhea, vomiting and fluid around the lungs and chest caused from high albumin. With all the medications ( prednisone, cyclosporine) mainly, her cyst went down to nothing. I figured out she had a B-12 Deficiency , so no longer needed any meds other than her weekly b-12 shots. This has been almost a year. Her lump is as big as a golf ball. She had side effects from the meds, so really do not want to keep her on them, for the cyst. He said he could open and drain it, if it bothered her, but it does not. She is nearly 12 and my vet does not like to operate, unless absolutely necessary. You may want to ask your vet about those 2 medications. Hopefully, it will help

I can relate. Our Chocolate Lab developed Sebaceous Cysts 4 years ago (he will be 8 in August). They are all over his body and at one point his front paw became infected and turned into MRSA. The front paws are the worst followed by his neck and tail along with his back and stomach. This is an awful condition. A year ago we went to the University of Florida Dermatology dept and they have done a few laser procedures on his paws along with a compounded medication from Arizona. They seemed to calm down for about 8 months and are back with a vengeance. Open to any and all suggestions please.

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Madeline
Mutt
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odor
Diarrhea
Not drinking
Depression
Not Eating

Medication Used

None

Is my dog's cyst infected?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ruptured cysts may become infected and would require regular cleaning and oral antibiotics. Diarrhoea may not be related and may be transient. A visit to your Veterinarian for a check and a course of antibiotics if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie
5
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion

My dog at about 2 years old developed a hair follicle cyst in between his toes on his right paw. He had surgery to remove the cyst and it wasn't cancerous. Now he is 5 and since it has resurfaced multiple times with having to have surgery twice. His paw is always irritated and every so often he will be treated with antibotics. Recently I heard that laser surgery might be able to to get rid of it permanently. I said I'm paying through nose already for constant vet visits and medications, let's try it and see. He had the surgery on 09/07 and is wearing the cone but it is still swollen and hurts to touch it. Did something go wrong? I'm truly frustrated and feel bad for my poor dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling and discomfort usually occurs after laser treatment of skin lesions and a follow up visit with the clinic which performed the procedure should be taken two weeks after the laser treatment to check that everything healing correctly. I would visit the clinic that performed the treatment for a check up to ensure that everything is progressing nicely and to address any concerns you may have (follow up check up are usually included in the price of treatment). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Houston
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump

My dog had a small lump in the side of his mouth (like his lip if that makes sense). A friend said try bendadryl to see if itd go away, but now its 2x the size and he seems to be in pain. Any ideas what it could be? Seeing vet as soon as I get the money.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many types of growths that occur in the mouth of dogs, these can be epulides, fibrosarcoma, granulation tissue, ameloblastoma, osteochondrosarcoma, mast cell tumour, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Oral growths are usually idiopathic in nature but may be caused by foreign bodies, pollutants etc… A visit to your Veterinarian will allow a physical examination and a biopsy or surgical removal of the mass can be carried out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peanut
American Cocker Spaniel
13 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog went to the groomer and after his bath she realized a sebaceous cyst had opened up on his back side. He did have surgery to remove it. I am not sure if I should be asking for the groomer to pay for it. Any advice would be helpful. Thank You

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The grooming session didn’t cause the sebaceous cyst to form, the cyst would have been there already; the grooming may have applied pressure to the cyst causing it to open. The cyst may have opened at anytime in the future (whilst Peanut was scratching himself for example). Whether or not you ask your Groomer to pay for the surgery is your decision; but, the cyst was already present before you visited the Groomer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chucky
Siberian Husky
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture Wound
Blood

I just noticed my dog had blood on his neck, to the side of his mouth, And when I went to clean it and see it burst a lot of blood. I managed to clean it And put neosporin on it. Is this a cyst? There was no pus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Chucky had a cyst, but due to the location; however cysts usually don’t bleed so much so I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check to determine the exact cause since it may be a wound from fighting or another traumatic event; until you visit your Veterinarian ensure that the wound remains clean and free of debris to reduce the chance of infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM  

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Mina
Border Collie
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

cyst
Irritation

Mina just had a non-cancerous cyst removed from her leg. I live in an area where cheat grass is everywhere. It seems like I can feel the cheat grass "barbs" under her fur in several places. Could these cause more cysts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cheatgrass like all other types of awn may cause a variety of problems with the skin; if Mina is having troubles with these awns it would be best to limit her contact with this type of grass, also cutting hair short and regular grooming after being out will allow removal of any awns that have been picked up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Melina
purebred english lab
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pus and odor
yellow drainage
Red skin,

Melina has recently had a hot spot on her neck it is very big and has a hole in it. the hair around it has started to become smelly and very red. It also has been oozing blood like substance and yellow pus. What do you think is this and what is wrong with my poor baby?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is the presence of pus it could be an infected cyst or an abscess, in both situations Melina will require antibiotics prescribed by her Veterinarian. The area would need to be clipped, washed and may require surgical removal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Jack Russell Terrier
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Ugly scab
Keeps opening

We have a jack russle that is 12 years old, about a year or so ago she developed a cyst on her back that then split open. The vet has said that it was not really a problem in terms of cancer and that they could remove it but as she is very old they would not recommend it. We did get some stuff to wash her in but the cyst has a very ugly scab on it that keeps splitting open and bleeding. This has been opening and closing for about a year and we were wondering should be put her in to have it removed? She isn't in any pain and she doesn't seem to feel it open or mind when it is touched by us or the vet. What would you suggest in this case?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the lesion is constantly opening for over a year, it makes a higher risk of infection so would be better if it was removed; however, in a dog as old as Sophie, the risk of the surgery compared to her general health and potential benefits has to be weighed up by her Veterinarian. Without seeing her and knowing her liver and kidney function I couldn’t make a recommendation for surgery and would be at your Veterinarian’s discretion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
Pug shitzhu mix
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

doesnt bother him
round lump
Lump under skin

What is this lump on my dogs stomach,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous causes and types of lumps that may occur on a dog’s abdomen; these may be hernias, tumours, cysts, hematomas (accumulations of blood) for example and may be caused by trauma, systemic disease, infection or cancer. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to determine the cause and if it poses a threat to Teddy’s health in the long-term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Pittbull mix
8 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps Under Skin

My dog has a cyst growth under his skin on his neck, that's only noticeable when I'm squeezing around his neck. He's a pit lab mix so it's in the extra skin flaps in the front, and does not bother him. The vet did a needle biopsy and when punctured it completely disappeared. The fluid she got was completely clear, though when she squeezed it the lump was extremely hard. Fast forward to 6 months later the lump grew back with another by its side....I don't know if I should just have it drained again or what's happening.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with sebaceous cysts is that once they come, they have a habit of recurring; if the lumps are not affecting Boo, you may wait it out but it is best to have it checked to ensure that the lumps are not anything more sinister. The cysts (if they are cysts on this occasion) may open and drain on their own, by your Veterinarian draining them or having them surgically removed. Having another fine needle aspirate to confirm the contents is the next best step. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brig
German shepherd mixed with pit
6 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed
N.a

German Shepherd 6.5yrs old, had a pus looking bump on neck, so I took the 'head' off of it. Hard white pus came out (like a whitehead on a human) and then a fibrous tissue approx 2mm x 3mm came out. Very cyst like in nature. Small amount of blood when I squeezed to ensure no pus left behind. Does that sound benign? I wasn't too worried until I googled infected cysts :-/

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are multiple different types of skin lesion that may appear like you have described; some are not serious and may require antibiotics and some may be cancerous and require surgical removal. I would recommend keeping the opened lesion clean and free of debris (cut the hair around the lesion to help) and clean with chlorhexidine or povidone iodine. If you don’t see any improvement within a few days, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milah
German Shorthaired Pointer
6
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

draining blood
Scale Lump
tumor

I have a 6 year old German Shep/English Pointer mix. She grew a large bump on her outer thigh. It was raised and scaly but then turned red and the hair around it fell off. It grew quickly and I took her to the doctor. He said it was a tumor, tried to drain it but no fluids came out. Other than the lump she acted healthy so I took her home to decide if I would have the lump removed and over the course of a week it grew then opened up and drained blood and clear yellowish fluid. At this point I feel like the original tumor diagnosis was incorrect. Any idea what this would be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m not sure what specific condition Milah has (cysts, abscess, bleeding under the skin), but since the lump has opened up I would recommend keeping the wound clean and free of debris using chlorhexidine or povidone iodine and visiting your Veterinarian to get some antibiotics; your Veterinarian may examine some fluid during your visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baylee
Golden Doodle
8 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

just an open cyst

Medication Used

none

Baylee has a cyst that has been drained by the vet 1x and me 1x....the problem is that the hole is still open after almost a year. How can I get it to heal. She is a healthy girl, no other issues. the cyst is pertty much gone, but the hole is still there and my other 2 dogs will NOT stop licking her cyst but it is on her side and I am not sure how to cover it to keep they away...anything I can put on it to help it close, scab and heal???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cyst hasn’t resolved by now, it is possible that Baylee may require surgery to take out what remains of the skin; if there are no wound margins, there may be no way for the hole to close. You should let your Veterinarian look at it and they may choose to surgically remove what remains or may try to freeze the area, but it depends on what they find during their examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nitro
Jack Russell Terrier
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Bleeding

Hi my jack russel corgi mix has what looked like a small pimple on his snout. The other day it was bleeding so I washed it with chlorahexadine. Now it's 4 times the size and breaking open and bleeding. The vest said as long as it wasn't pussing we should give it time to see if it goes away in its own. He doesn't have a fever and it isn't hindering him from daily activities. I really just want to know if we should get another option or we should just see if it goes away on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the suspected cyst isn’t causing Nitro any problems and he is going about his everyday life; all that is needed is to ensure that it remains clean using chlorhexidine and keep an eye on it for any signs of infection, further growth, fever or if he has a loss of appetite. Many times cysts will grow, rupture and then resolve with little intervention; other times minor surgery maybe required to remove any capsule or to clean and close a wound. I would give it five days or so to see if there is any improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minnie
Sheltie
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lesions that ooze a clear, yellowish substance

We have an almost 8 y.o. sheltie. I took her to the groomer on Jan 2nd and when I picked her up, the groomer mentioned that she smelled like she had yeast but they couldn't tell where it was coming from. I was going to take her to the vet to check her, then the next day I noticed an area of fur that was crusty and hard. As I was cleaning that off with a wet paper towel, I noticed it was reddish brown in color. I then discovered a large area that was oozing but it didn't really look bloody. The vet shaved the area put some topical antibiotic cream and prescribed antibiotics. While she was on the antibiotics, I found three more areas that were oozing though these weren't nearly as large as the first spot, maybe about the size of a pencil eraser. They don't seem to cause her pain and she's good about letting me clean them. My frustration is that she's now on her 3rd course of antibiotics (Keflex this time) and more of these areas keep developing. On our last visit to the vet, he gave us some special shampoo but has never biopsied these areas. I'm wondering if it's time to get a 2nd opinion. Feeling very frustrated right now and worried about my dog. I don't know if this is something she could have gotten from the groomer, a sebaceous cyst, or some type of cancer. Whatever it is does not seem to be responding to antibiotics.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Skin lesions maybe caused by a variety of different conditions including infections (bacterial or fungal), parasites, cancer, auto-immune disease, irritants (has Minnie been exposed to some chemicals or new washing detergent) or cancer. If the lesions are not responding to antibiotics it would be worth carrying out some skin scrapes for parasites, culture for bacteria or fungi and blood tests to determine Minnie’s internal health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daddy
English Cocker Spaniel
12 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check
Lumps Under Skin

My dog had a haircut 3 weeks agO last I noticed a lump on his side by his rib cage brought him to the vet he said it was a mass took a biopsy n said it was cancer at this he punctured it with the needle n it started oozing so for the next cple of days I did hot compresses with epsom salt n it totally went down plus he was on prednisone ....so im wondering if I should ask the vet to c the lab work on the biopsy because he is supposed to have surgery Tom but there is no more lump ...could it b possible that it is underneath the skin.....just curious to know ....n by the way this will b his 5th surgery so that make me nervous as well....ur thoughts will b appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds very strange, but I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian for an examination of the area as there maybe still a capsule present, similar to a deflated balloon, under the skin. There are numerous problems that may occur on the skin, but if the lab work came back as cancer, I would take a cautious route. The lump sounds more like an infected cyst or abscess, but your Veterinarian still should have a look and double check against histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Its probably too late now but I'd get a second opinion and absolutely ask to have a copy of results. You paid for them, 5 surgeries makes it sound like they might be taking you to the bank. They should always show you results whether u understand them or not is different that's what Google is for and forums such as this. But don't put your baby under the knife without knowing for sure. Don't trust a person just because they are a doctor. They are human too and can be just as manipulative and convincing as a used car salesman because each surgery is the equivilant to a sold car! So Trust but verify!

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Spoty
Beagle
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Irritation
Bleeding

I believe my beagle Spoty has a cyst. It opened tonight when he accidentally licked it and it started bleeding for an hour. The blood kept coming out and we cleaned it up with peroxide, coconut oil, and warm water on a soft cloth. We tied a cotton pad and wrapped it to the cyst and it stopped bleeding because of the pressure but it took awhile. The cyst was super small, pink/red color, and did not leak out any yellow or liquid pus. He wasn't really bothered by it,he just wanted to keep on licking the area. We cleaned the area around it, but don't know what to do in the morning if it continues to open and bleed. Help! He is really scared and I had to stay up with him tonight!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally ruptured cysts require regular cleaning and you need to prevent Spoty from licking the area which can be difficult (collars may help). Cleaning with peroxide may cause damage to the local tissues, cleaning with chlorhexidine or povidone-iodine solution is best; but if it continues to bleed you may need to visit your Veterinarian to have to removed, also if it becomes infected your Veterinarian would need to prescribe antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tucker
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Itching

My staff has a lump in the left corner of his left eye. It's pink I need colour and I see causing him to start itching it now and then. Just wondering If i need to attend a vet or will it just go away itself.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to have the lump examined by your Veterinarian as there are many different types of lumps which may occur on the eye or on the eyelid. If the right corner of the left eye (nearest the nose) has a lump, this may be a prolapsed third eyelid gland (cherry eye) which would require surgical correction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
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Mitsou
Shitzu pekignese
Six Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, scratching, depressed

Medication Used

none

My little shitzu, 6 yrs. old, started having multiple little cyst all over her body, they look brown like a scab, do u have a natural remedy or treatment to heal them, there are more starting to appear, she is often scratching, and seem depressed. I cannot afford to take her to the vet at this time, any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Various natural at home remedies are reported to help with sebaceous cysts, I tend to not recommend natural treatments that I haven’t read about from a reputable source. With sebaceous cysts, keeping them clean and using a warm compress can promote their rupturing and cleaning with chlorhexidine or povidone-iodine solution (not peroxide) will help resolution. Should they get infected, you would need antibiotics from your Veterinarian and in some cases cysts need to be surgically removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fred
Lab mix
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My two year old labrador mix has 2 cysts on his back about the size of a finger tip. They are along his spine. One by his shoulders and one by his hips. He doesn't like me picking at them but it doesn't seem to hurt him. I have found dried leakage on one thag was like the color of ear wax. What could this be? Should I be concerned? Book an appointment with our local vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You could try using a warm compress to see if it will help the lesions open (don’t pick them) and clean the areas with chlorhexidine or povidone-iodine; it is possible that they may become infected and would require antibiotics. If you have any concerns, visit your Veterinarian to check as there are many different types of skin lesions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nicki
Miniature sheltie
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bump on neck

Just found a lump on my mini shelter neck, the size is about 2 inches round. The hair was clumped so i cut the hair to see the bump. Looks like a scratch. Or infected. I will go to our vet for sure but hoping nothing serious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It could be a large cyst, abscess or another type of mass. The neck area is an area prone to trauma from fighting and bites so it may be from an infected scratch. Your Veterinarian will examine and probably prescribe antibiotics if infected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miley and CoCo
Poodle
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet
None. Diagnosed during regular check

I have two min. poodles age 7 yrs old,, brother and sister that both have cysts on their side of belly towards rear.. Female hasn't grown in a yr. ,size of half dollar but males has gotten larger, When touched it doesn't seem to bother them. Now I am concerned. Groomer just thought they were fatty cysts but now concerned because the male one is getting larger..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sebaceous cysts can be quite serious and if they rupture they may become infected leading to other problems. Troublesome cysts may need to be either surgically removed or ruptured in a controlled way; if one cyst is getting larger, then you may need to have it taken care of by your Veterinarian to ensure that it doesn’t become infected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Layla
Miniature Schnauzer
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bump fever ruptured discharge

Medication Used

Antibiotics and iodine

My miniature schnauzer turning 9 yrs very soon had a bump on her back very close to her tail. One day the bump became bigger than usual and very warm at the touch. I immediately took her to the vet and they did some blood and needle tests. She also had a fever too. The very next day, while I was at work, the vet called and told me the results came back; my dog had a benign follicl cysts. However, that very same day I went home from work to notice that the bump had ruptured and some of the stuff in the bump came out. Again, I immediately took her to the vet. He prescribed antibiotics for her and also a bottle of iodine to clean the ruptured bump. My question is that I am cleaning with iodine every day - should I wash with warm water before I apply the iodine? And if I take care of the rutted bump to prevent infection, do I still need to get it surgically removed (as I am a single mother raising a 7 ye daughter and a 9 year old dog, it is very difficult for me to afford surgery) ? Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to clean the area of any discharge and debris before applying the iodine. These types of cysts are still better if they are surgically removed, but are relatively simple and quick to take off; I would speak with your Veterinarian about the cost for them to remove it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bhakti
Shihtsu/Maltese mix
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

lump under skin in armpit area
lump under skin

My dog developed a soft fatty feeling lump under the skin in her armpit. It then became hard and round the size of a big jelly bean. The vet aspirated it and the lab said there were "suspicious cells". My dog is 16 and too old for anesthesia. Vet suggested she remove it under local anesthesia instead of first trying to biopsy it. Said we could also wait and watch it but if it grows she might not be able to remove it without anesthesia. I think it might be growing a little so am not sure what course of action to take.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sixteen is quite old for anaesthesia, I would consult with a Veterinary School or Specialist to see if they are able to help; I am skeptical about removing a mass in the armpit under local anaesthesia as there are blood vessels and nerves in that area and sudden movements can cause problems. Another problem is the risk vs reward of putting her through a procedure at your age and the time she has left. I would get as many opinions as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Freckles
Shih Tzu
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lump
Sebaceous Cysts

My 11 year old Shih Tzu has a few health problems she's developed in her old age. Other than those minor setbacks, people still mistake her for a puppy and she has a very active and healthy lifestyle. She's cut shorter than the typical Shih Tzu because of her love for outdoors and her "friends" (our outside dogs). We live out of town so she's outside quite a bit. The last time we took her to a vet I asked about a tiny lump on the back of her neck and he assured me it's more trouble than it's worth and usually harmless. If it doesn't bother the dog, don't mess with it. It's grown since then and she's developed another right above it very close in size. They are mobile under the skin and don't bother her a bit but I'm wondering if it's something I should have removed or leave it be. Nothing is oozing and there is nothing crusty on it. Just lumps under her skin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the lumps are mobile under the skin (they move independently of the skin) then they are likely to be lipomas which are non-cancerous accumulations of fat; if they move with the skin (adhered to the skin) then they may be sebaceous cysts or other skin condition. The increase in size (colour, shape or anything abnormal) of any lump or bump should be assessed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mocha
Basset Hound
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloated Abdomen
Lumps Under Skin

My 11 year old dog has several lumps under her skin and a really bad odor coming off of her. She has never been sick but my other dog had cancer and it started out the same way. Could the lumps under her skin be cancer or just sebaceous cysts? And how do you tell the difference?
Her stomach is also very bloated all the time, and I only give her two small helpings of food hours apart, thinking that her over eating was the problem. At first I thought she was just over-weight, so I started to walk her, but that isn't helping. What could be causing the stomach bloating?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that Mocha has lipomas which are just lumps of fat which don’t cause much trouble and are usually removed for cosmetic reasons; the bloating in the abdomen could be from ascites (abdominal fluid) or gas distension. Given her age, I would recommend having your Veterinarian check her over as you cannot tell if a lump is cancerous or not by just looking at it; the level of infiltration and a fine needle aspirate will tell your Veterinarian enough to tell you if it is serious or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexie
bull mastiff, bull arab and wolf hound x
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I just discovered a cyst on my dogs behind to one side under her tail. Is it safe to see how she goes? Is there a possibility that it will go by itself?
If it bursts can I clean and treat it myself? If so, what should I clean it and treat it with.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sebaceous cysts are benign accumulations of sebum (oil for the skin and hair) which may occur anywhere on your dog’s body. Sebaceous cysts may resolve on their own or will rupture; a rupturing cyst is prone to infection which would need to be treated by a Veterinarian (more prone to infection around the anus); regular cleaning (dilute chlorhexidine, betadine) and disinfection once ruptured to prevent infection may be all that is needed treatment wise, if infection occurs, antibiotics prescribed by your Veterinarian would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hazel
Basset Hound
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Pain
Stiffness
Lethargy

Hazel just had a cyst surgically removed about a week ago. They cut a huge incision and removed a mass a little bigger than a softball. Since then, we've noticed bumps popping up all over her. One on her leg just ruptured and it seems like it is affecting her ability to use that leg. She sleeps a lot and usually only eats her dinner. She was whining earlier today when she woke up and tried to move, that's what got my attention.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Basset Hounds are prone to sebaceous cysts but a sudden break out of them is unusual. Regular bathing with a shampoo containing benzoyl peroxide may help reduce the formation of new cysts and the cleaning of any ruptured cysts with chlorhexidine will help prevent any secondary infection. Hazel should need to return to her Veterinary after seven to ten days for a post surgery checkup, ask your Veterinarian to take a look then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tinkie
Australian Cattle
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Scale Lump
Rapid cyst growth
Large Cyst

Medication Used

Currently on steroids/allergen to treat ear issues

My dog has developed a cyst on her right hind leg at the top of the stifle. It was small at first, about the size of a golf ball before I first noticed it, but in the past two weeks has become as large as a softball. It does not appear to be causing her any steady pain - if anything, she is more active and happy than ever. It seems to be at most a minor annoyance to her (she can sit and lie in bed without difficulty but avoids laying on that side on hard floors). The cyst is not exceedingly warm to the touch, and has the consistency of a water balloon.

I have had dogs in the past with sebaceous cysts (Lab/Chow mix) that have grown quickly but not this fast. A friend, who is a veterinary technician, informed me that a cyst that grows that quickly is likely not cancerous but the size of the cyst and its rapid growth has me very alarmed. I am taking her to the vet tomorrow night but would appreciate additional input.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sebaceous cysts are quite common in dogs and are usually small and resolve themselves without intervention. Some cysts can get quite large and require surgical intervention; care has to be taken if it ruptures to prevent secondary infection. Cysts of other origins are possible, but your Veterinarian will examine the mass and will treat accordingly; if it hasn’t caused any problems to Tinkie so far, she should be fine until tomorrow. It is difficult to advise when I haven’t examined the lump. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr. Turner. Much to our shock and heartbreak we have learned that this is not a sebaceous cyst, but a Mast Cell Tumor. We will be taking her in for surgery consult this weekend with the intention to get the tumor removed ASAP. Although trying to keep a positive mindset, we are still devastated by this news from our vet.

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Romeo
Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cysts

my dog has had a cyst on his back for 2 years now. we noticed it when we got him groomed and the pet groomer said that it would pop and that theres nothing to worry about, but it's still here after 2 years. i'm starting to grow worried that this might be something odd. plus, the cyst has decreased at some point, but now it looks like it's grown larger.

i'm not too sure how bad a dog's cyst hurts, but when i touch it, he doesn't react and when when someone touches a painful area on him, he flinches or gets aggressive.

should i be a little concerned or hope that it goes away soon enough?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cysts may grow and disappear on their own, they usually rupture without intervention (if a sebaceous cyst); in some cases medical or surgical intervention is necessary. Given the long time this cyst has been present, I would bring it up with your Veterinarian at your next visit. There are ways to encourage a cyst to rupture (don’t try to pop it) like holding a warm compress to it but in a cyst that has been present for this long, I wouldn’t advise you touch it without consulting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Cocker Spaniel
7
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 7 year old cocker spaniel has Sebaceous Cyst on her back paw.
I was reading that it's not life threatening but she seems really sad.
I've been cleaning it day and night with warm water and putting a warm cloth and antiseptic solution. Is there anything else I can do for her to keep her comfortable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You seem to be doing all that you can for Lady; many times these cysts will rupture and resolve themselves, on some occasions you may need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination or to have it surgically removed. It really is just a blocked gland full of normal skin secretions so unless it is large or becomes infected just keep an eye; a warm compress may help speed things up a little but it is important to keep the area clean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
Shi Szu
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Can you give a dog compound w to get rid of sebaceous cysts? Lulu is starting to get a lot of cysts? Can it harm my dog, if I applied this on the cysts?

What would you suggest as an alternate remedy, besides getting the vet to remove them?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Compound W may seem like an attractive alternative to visiting your Veterinarian I doubt it will have any value and may cause the sebaceous cysts to get worse; normally sebaceous cysts don’t cause any problems and if they get large they can be encouraged to drain by applying a warm compress to the site. Whilst I understand you may be reluctant to visit a Veterinarian, the best way to get rid of them for good (especially if they are large) is for your Veterinarian to remove them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Toy Fox Terrier
11 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Cyst
Sebaceous
Growth
I have an 11 year old toy fox terrier with allergies and a gum problem that causes her socket to open and then the teeth go bad and have to be removed. When she had the first dental surgery, the vet found some swelling in the inside of her thigh. She said that it was likely the lymph gland from the dental infection, but after the surgery she noticed that a drain opened on the lower leg and fluid was leaking out. She told us to keep an eye on it and let her know if there was a problem. It continued to swell (It got just a little bigger.), but it was not hurting at all and didn't seem to cause her problems with movement (despite being the size of a golf ball). I took her back to the vet and saw a different vet this time. He said, it wasn't the lymph gland, as he could feel that under the growth and the gland felt normal. He said he would recommend removing it, but it would cost $900, and I am on disability (That is more than I make in a month.). He said not to worry about it, unless it changed but to try to save money. It is red and shiny, but it hasn't changed. I noticed yesterday that the same kind of slit has appeared (It just looks like a red scratch under the lump.), but it still doesn't seem painful or causing her problems moving. I get bloodwork done this month for her yearly exam, but I was hoping for another opinion before that.
Luna
Dutch Shepherd
14 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Skin Lump
My shepherd has a cyst which arose quickly, grew large in a short period of time, then ruptured before I had an opportunity to bring her to a vet. The cyst yielded a mass that presented as a bloody clot, no foul odor, and bleeding was minimal although it took a few hours to totally stop. I am using a 'hex' type of antibiotic scrub on her 3 x per day.