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Lacy is nine and started getting these big ...zits..or boils (for the lack of a better term) on her back and sides. They started up last summer. We first noticed one when she scratched one open and all this pus came out. We cleaned it up thinking it might have been an ingrown hair and it healed up fine.
Well she kept getting them and we took her in to the vet and they said "sometimes they get them when they get older"

She opened up one and cleaned it out and said we should 'pop' them when they get big.
sorry, I have a bad time with that thought.
I don't think this is normal. She has a good appitite and she is eating Canadae, she looks great, the only problem is these lumps. Has anyone heard of a GSD getting these? I'm starting to wonder if the vet missed something and it's a symptom of a bigger problem.
 

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My Mom's older Yorkie gets those bumps, her vet too said to pop them. I'm not sure what it's from though, and I'm not sure if it's normal for a senior GSD to get them. I hope you get the answers you need. Best wishes
 

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sebacious gland cyst's. sometimes they get really bad and have to be removed by the vet.
 

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My old boy was about 8 when he got his first sebeaceous gland cyst.. I think they're more common in older dogs. They're harmless, but they can grow to quite a size, in which case you can have them removed. Luckily his biggest one wasn't large enough to be annoying. But once he got one, quite a few seemed to pop up!
 

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Thanks, I'll look it up and see if there is anything I can do for her.
 

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I would just leave them alone unless they get too big and are in a bad place. My vet has never recommended popping them. My basset has lots of them and the vet just checks them out whenever he gets new ones. If one suddenly starts growing I take him in to the vet and they get removed. Sometimes when they burst they end up getting infected so I would watch them carefully.
 

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Definitely pop them. They get way too big and will cause serious infections if you don't. I give my girl what I call the monkey once over every now and then checking for lumps and bumps. She usually has 4-5 each time and some will explode, some will be super hard and round when they come out, some will be cheesy, some will be like worms. Some are dark very low lumps but when I squeeze them lots of disgusting stuff comes out. I make sure to squeeze behind the zit to force the debris and hardened sebum up and out of the skin, removing the sac after removing the zit. If the zit bleeds and I can't see to remove the sac then I will apply a little hydrogen peroxide with removes the blood and allows me to see the sac and grab it with tweezers to pull out. If you are having a hard time seeing them to bust them through the hair you can buy clippers to shave the affected area. Use a guard on the clippers. DO NOT SHAVE TO THE SKIN.
 
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