Sebaceous Cyst

Sebaceous cysts may be painful, but they're harmless.

Posted: Wed May 29 00:00:00 PDT 2002

Sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands sometimes become plugged with gland material and other debris, which can lead to a bacterial infection; it is similar to the development of acne. Sebaceous cysts are not terribly serious, although if large enough they may cause pain from the pressure. Sometimes they can be treated conservatively by opening the cyst and treating the secondary infection. Warm soaks or hot packs followed by firm pressure may allow the cyst to open. The material inside can then be squeezed out daily. If, at the same time, your dog could be put on an inexpensive oral antibiotic, you may be able to avoid the need for surgery.

Large cysts that refill repeatedly can be successfully removed. This is especially important for outdoor dogs, whose draining cysts may attract flies. If you opt for removal, your veterinarian can lance the cyst using only a local anesthetic or can do a more extensive excision using general anesthesia.


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Elizabeth   Elkton, Maryland

1/1/2015 8:49:09 AM

I have a 3 month old Red Coonhound/Penn Marydell Foxhound and he's got a lump on his right shoulder. Last night it was the size of a frozen pea and today I can see it about the size of a quarter. Its squishy and moves. Should I worry? He goes to the vet in 2 weeks. Should I get him in sooner? Thanks for any advice.

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Geraldine   Auckland, MS

11/5/2009 2:16:56 PM

Its the best information i have found so far .

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Melissa   Zimmerman, MN

8/24/2009 12:54:09 PM

Instead of antibiotics, treat them naturally with Liquid Silver - it's been proven to kill any fungus, yeast, virus, etc. including H1N1!! It's patented too. Giving more and more antibiotics will only compromise the immune system in the long run.

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Melanie   Altoona, PA

12/25/2008 10:42:42 AM

Our Black Lab Brit has been battling a sebaceous cyst for a year now.She is on amoxicillon daily but the cyst continues to grow and drain.We had tried cefalexan but she had allergic results.Brit is 10 years old and I am scared to have surgery on her,however the draining and stink is gettin worse.Plus no way she can go through another summer with an open sore.Any suggestions from readers or vets wouod help.Oh by the way other than the cyst she is in good health

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