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selzer 04-12-2014 10:16 PM

So has anyone dealt with boils on a dog?

Ok, so, Odie has this boil on her neck, and as it wasn't bothering her, I was kind of leaving it be, but I was at the vet a week or so ago, and they squeezed it and the other one on her back -- that one seems gone.

But the one on her neck, well, it seems bigger, so, Ick! I squeezed it last night and then again today. I've never had a dog with boils before. Is there something I should do besides draining it?

Juliem24 04-12-2014 10:32 PM

Warm moist packs twice a day to draw the infection out. You could use an Epsom salt solution for the packs. Use Coban to keep keep it on, or just an ace wrap...about 20-30 minutes. One of my huskies had boils, I think they started with too much undercoat in suddenly warm weather. I used the packs, then sprayed with a 50% solution of apple cider vinegar. I did clip the hair around it on the husky.

Susan_GSD_mom 04-12-2014 10:44 PM

I would clean it with some peroxide, and if it's in an area where she can't lick it, put some Neosporin on it. Watch it to make sure it doesn't get worse. A hot compress (not TOO hot) for about 10 minutes before you drain it helps.

JakodaCD OA 04-13-2014 07:18 AM

is it a boil? or a sebaceous cyst, clear fluid type pocket?

My senior aussie gets these clear fluid type 'pockets', vet drains them off, they are ok for awhile, but usually reappear, I just take a syringe and drain them off compress it..

Momto2GSDs 04-13-2014 10:50 AM

My question was the same as Jakoda's.

In dogs, BOILS will usually appear on the butt, belly or underneath arms. CYSTS can appear anywhere.

When expressed, a BOIL would have a white/yellowish fluid where a CYST has a greyish matter that looks a little like cottage cheese.

You can try Witch Hazel (which is rich in tannins) purchased at a pharmacy. Using a cotton swab, dab it on the eruption once or twice per day.

For warm compresses, you can use Lavender Essential Oil or Tea Tree Oil (purchased at a health food store) several drops mixed with warm water. Or brew some Comfrey or Goldenseal Tea for about 15 minutes, re-warm, then apply with clean cloth. Repeat 2-3 times daily.
There are several other home remedies as well as homeopathic's if the Witch Hazel does not work. Each dog is different so you may need to try a few different items to see results.


selzer 04-14-2014 12:13 AM

I used the hot compress. There was enough gunk in that think for, I don't know. I think it was a boil, but it was on the back of the neck. The other one was on the back, and they were mentioning cottage cheese or cauliflower when they were picking at that.

One of my other girls has had sabaceous cysts, and that wasn't like this thing. This thing has white fluid that actually popped like a zit (only lots more gunk) and was draining.

Anyhow today with the hot compress of salt water it was not as much yuck in there.

Heidigsd 04-14-2014 10:48 AM

selzer: Just a word of caution about using Tea Tree Oil :mad:

selzer 04-14-2014 04:50 PM

Thanks Heidigsd, it's cool, I just used salt water. The day before I cleaned it with some alcohol after picking it.

huntergreen 04-14-2014 05:17 PM

might want to clean with betadine solution, alcohol would burn. i would consider a culture just to check for infection.

selzer 04-14-2014 06:20 PM

I have betadine. I checked it today, but did not squeeze. It really is gross.

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