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Sebaceous Cyst: The Canine Cyst You Should NEVER Squeeze

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    New Hampshire

    Sebaceous Cyst: The Canine Cyst You Should NEVER Squeeze

    Sebaceous Cysts

    Sebaceous cysts can occur in any breed of dog. They also occur in cats, but much less commonly., sebaceous cysts are benign and nothing to worry about in terms of cancer. They occur under the skin, and they generally behave in one of three ways:

    • They erupt
    • They get walled off
    • They resolve on their own

    If a sebaceous cyst erupts, it means it came to a head, opened up, and the contents oozed out. Sometimes these eruptions can lead to infection. The ooze is usually a fairly gross material resembling cottage cheese, or sometimes a thick, black, waxy looking substance.
    I don't recommend you squeeze these cysts, because this can cause them to implode, which can lead to cellulitis (a bacterial skin infection) which may require treatment with antibiotics. This is the least optimal outcome if your dog has one of these cysts.
    I do recommend you keep an erupted sebaceous cyst clean. Disinfect several times a day, and prevent your pet from licking the area. Most of these types of cysts will heal on their own if they are regularly disinfected and not fussed with by your dog.
    If sebaceous cysts under the skin become walled off, which means they feel like little peas, just leave them be. They won't go away because they're walled, but your dog's body will just ignore them.
    Dogs prone to developing sebaceous cysts can acquire them at any age, and they can be an ongoing issue throughout your pet's life.
    Some dogs get one or two cysts at a time, others can have five or six on an ongoing and recurring basis.
    In vet school I was advised to remove sebaceous cysts because I could make money with the procedure and dog owners are generally happy to have the things gone. However, as I discussed in parts 1 and 2 of this series, I don't recommend removal of any benign cyst 'just because.' Removal is only necessary if the cyst recurs and is prone to infection and/or if your dog's quality of life is impaired by the presence of a cyst.
    Preventing Sebaceous Cysts

    There are a few things you can do as a pet owner to reduce the possibility your dog will develop sebaceous cysts.

    • Keeping your pet brushed and well-groomed will keep the sebum flowing out of the oil gland and hair follicle, which will help prevent the oil buildup and entrapment under the follicle that leads to cyst formation.

    • Optimizing your dog’s fatty acid intake is another important step. Essential fatty acids are delicate (easily destroyed by heat and processing), and should be replaced especially for dogs eating only dry food. If your dog is fed raw, essential fatty acids can be optimized.

      I recommend adding krill oil or another omega-3 fatty acid. You can also add coconut oil. Both these oils help normalize sebum production.

    If you discover a sebaceous cyst on your dog, there's no reason to make an emergency visit to your veterinarian. I do recommend you have it checked out to make sure it's benign, but there's no reason to panic.
    Your vet can confirm the mystery lump is indeed a benign sebaceous cyst through cytology, meaning he or she will extract a few cells from the lump, look at them under a microscope (or send them elsewhere for examination), and ultimately assure you there's nothing to worry about.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Hi friend I like what you said it is true but some breeds are brone to multiple skin affection also environment have big impact on healing.

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    Mar 2014
    New Hampshire
    that is true but a lot of times skin infections are due to allergies and allergies can be dealt with. Find the source of the irritant and eliminate it. A lot of times its something like wheat and or corn that is the trigger. Dogs are not cattle, they were meant to eat meat, not cereal. A food allergy is the easiest to deal with, the environmental ones can be harder but not impossible to find and eliminate.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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