You’re running your hand over your dog, giving them all the love and pats that they deserve. Your dog is loving life, coming in closer, closer, sitting on your foot or backing their bottom into you so you can give their furry butt a good scratch.
And then, all of a sudden, you run your hands over a bump that wasn’t there before!!
You take a closer look, moving their fur in all directions.
OH NO! What’s wrong with my baby?!
Breathe. More likely than not, your dog has a cyst.
Or in fancy terms, a Sebaceous Cyst.
Can a Sebaceous Cyst be serious? Yes, sometimes they can be cancerous but that shouldn’t be the first conclusion that you jump to.
We are about to share with you what you need to know about Sebaceous Cysts so that you can treat them at home. If during the treatment you find the cyst is changing colours, getting bigger or causing your dog to behave funny – we highly recommend you take your dog to the vet!!
And if it’s the first time you’ve ever seen a cyst (or what you think is a cyst) on your dog and you’re really concerned, take them to vet. Peace of mind for dog and human is important.
Cysts tend to pop up for dogs that are middle aged to older dogs and are commonly found among certain breeds. Some being:
- German Shepherds
- Cocker Spaniels
- The Schnauzer
- The Yorkie
Here are some descriptions of what a cyst can look like:
- A raised area of skin also known as a nodule
- Cysts are round in shape with a diameter of between 5 mm and 5 cm
- They can be soft or filled with fluid
- It sits just under the skin or just on top, you can move them around
- The surface cysts can create a little bald patch in your dog’s fur
- The cyst will have distinct edges that you can feel all the way round it
- It’s not itchy, in fact it’s not painful for the dog at all (unless it’s in an uncomfortable location – like their paw or neck)
- It’s slow to grow
Why do dogs get cysts?
The most common cause is from a blocked or clogged oil gland, pore or hair follicle. The oil that is trapped needs to go somewhere so it creates a sac that fills up causing the cyst to form.
What do I do if my dog gets a cyst?
For the most part, a cyst will heal itself over time. Sometimes the cyst will disappear and other times they will hang around but not cause your dog any harm.
A cyst can stay with a fluid like substance inside and sometimes that fluid dries up giving the cyst a cheese like firmness. Both are normal.
One thing you shouldn’t do if your dog gets a cyst, is squeeze it or pop it. Avoid it at all costs! This can cause the cyst to become an open wound leaving it open to infection as well as causing your dog discomfort.
In the case of the cyst rupturing on its own or accidentally being opened, be sure to clean the wound and keep the area disinfected and tidy.
Avoid bandaging the wound as it needs to dry out as part of the healing process.
Watch for infection and monitor it a few times a day. If your dog persists on scratching, licking or gnawing at the cyst it could be worth following up with a natural antibacterial treatment more frequently.
If you want to help the healing process along, here are some natural products and remedies that will help your dog’s Sebaceous Cyst:
- Leucillin as it mimics the dogs natural immune system and has powerful and all natural cleaning and healing elements
- Colloidal Silver Gel is a natural antibiotic and antibiotic fungal perfect for keeping the area disinfected naturally
- Coconut oil is ideal for healing and fighting infections gently
- Witch Hazel is an astringent that cleans off the oil and minimises the cyst
If the cyst is around the eyes, collar area, where the harness might go or under the paws, your dog might be very uncomfortable. If the cyst isn’t going away quick enough with the home treatments you might consider taking them to the vet to see about having the cyst drained or removed.
Can I prevent a cyst?
Yes, absolutely!!! Some of the main ways you can help your dog avoid Sebaceous Cysts is to:
- Make sure your dog has a healthy and balanced diet
- Add Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s to their diet for healthy skin and coat
- Regular brushing stops hair follicles and glad from clogging up
The good news is that for the most part, Sebaceous Cysts are harmless and easy to treat. Knowing what you are looking for and what is causing them is going to save you many stress attacks every time you find a lump.
And remember, when in doubt – consult your vet!
We’ve collated a few different videos below regarding cysts, be sure to take a few minutes to watch them!
We’d love to hear about your experiences with cysts and what you have found to work!! Information shared is a potential life spared. Leave a comment or email us at [email protected].
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
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