|11-12-2013 05:54 PM|
|Mary Beth||Agree with Blanketback also - and I did call the vet today as I also was worried about any possible infection since the whole scab had come off. He prescribed the antibiotics the capsules & the drops like last time. Since the location is an area that isn't good for surgery - I am still giving the turmeric and coconut oil - it can't hurt and may help to prevent it from growing back.|
|11-12-2013 01:56 PM|
|Blanketback||My dog also has one the size of a marble on his upper leg. My vet said to keep an eye on it and it may go away, it may erupt,or it may grow in size and then we might want to remove it. But otherwise just leave it alone. My last dog had a few on his back and I squeezed one of them, which led to an infection, so I'm not inclined to mess around with them myself. IDK why your vet would say to remove it right away - they're pretty common.|
|11-11-2013 10:32 PM|
|11-09-2013 06:04 PM|
I have a three year old GSD Service Dog. He constantly gets reoccurring cysts. I have seen them described as lipomas or sebaceous cysts. These are small 2-3mm just under the skin cysts. They sometimes have a flaky patch on top of them that is easily removed. If you squeeze the cyst it is uncomfortable for the dog. Some of them form a head and release puss. Mostly they recede back into the body. One that I messed with ended up becoming inflamed and caused a sore that healed.
My vet told me that GSDs are predisposed to them. It is not uncommon. Most of them will not be a problem. I should not worry unless they become inflamed or turn into a problem, then he will deal with them.
I am going to hyjack this thread and keep posting my information and observations here for others to use. I have done multiple searches on this problem, but I have not found a thread that has a cohesive amount of information. We should have one good thread on this common ailment on this site IMO.
I have read that Salmon oil can cause this problem and that it may be diet related. I had changed my dogs diet from Taste of the Wild to Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon. He was eating 40lbs of dry and two cases of cans a month. He is a big boy. I have since changed his diet back to TOW non salmon foods. The number, size, and severity of the cysts have decreased.
My reading on the net has also shown that some using a product called Luster Coat helps. I have been trying this also. It is a mix of oils (not salmon), but the effective ingredient in this product is probably the Garlic Oil.
The current two cysts have healed, but now I have two more small ones this month. I am still playing with diet and additives to see if I can eliminate the problem.
Sebaceous cysts are nothing more than sebaceous glands which are blocked and acting badly. If / when they do burst (they will, if they get large enough, and they usually continue to grow). I do not know if what my GSD has is correctly diagnosed.
There are also lypomas). Lypomas are usually soft, near the surface, and have a very rounded (not lumpy) nature. This is a better description of what my dog has.
If you have this problem with your GSD, please chime in and we can help each other. If you have gone through this problem and have some advice, I would love to hear it. I strongly believe that this problem is probably diet related.
So far I have been able to reduce the problem by changing foods and using the Luster Coat. These cysts are almost like zits that don't come to a head. My vet said that I will most likely be dealing with the issue for the rest of the dogs life, but he is willing to supply me with any medications or supplements I find may help the dog. Since my dog is a Service dog, he receives a very high quality of care. He is very important to me, for obvious reasons, and solving this problem is also very important.
I will continue to check in and update this thread. I hope others that have this same problem with their GSD will have a place to come for help on this problem.
|10-21-2013 12:53 PM|
|Liesje||Nikon's had a few benign, sebaceous cysts. They just go away on their own, or sometimes I can't help it and I remove them myself if they are small and at the surface. He did have one on his leg that he liked to chew on so I was going to have it removed but it ended up dissolving on its own before the appointment. The charge would have been $120 for the entire surgery and re-check. $1K to remove a benign cyst?!?!|
|10-21-2013 12:27 PM|
|huntergreen||i still think it is time for a new vet, not only based on price. imho, he/she was using scare tactics to sell you an unneeded procedure based on the info provided in you post. as stated. leave it alone unless it bothers your gsd. i have been through this. just have on hand, some betadine solution, antibiotic ointment and an elizabeathan collar so you can deal with a ruptured cyst. if it ruptures and returns, then have it removed.|
|10-21-2013 09:10 AM|
OP, I personally think your vet is full of it. Even though your vet says it might erupt/rupture, the treatment for that wouldn't cost anywhere near $1000. If you are really concerned maybe get a second opinion. If I was you, I would just keep an eye on it.
I'd also be finding a different vet if this one wanted to charge me so much for a simple procedure. I know vancouver is expensive, but wow.
|10-21-2013 06:46 AM|
I am betting the price would be about the same here where I live in Ontario. Vetting is much more expensive in Canada.
Not sure how it could cost $120 as going rate here just to walk in office is $85.
|10-21-2013 05:44 AM|
|Syaoransbear||Wow that's an insane price, even for Canada. I'm in Saskatchewan and Chrono recently had a sebaceous cyst removed. Total cost was $120.|
|10-21-2013 03:40 AM|
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