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Large Whitehead On Dog's Back...kind Of Gross...warning!


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On Tues or Wed I noticed a spot on Diva's back that felt like a fatty tumor or mole. After a chat with a neighbor she advised that a few of the stray cats we feed had ticks on them and my dog gets fairly close to them, so I went and checked out the "spot/tumor" with a tweezer. I squeezed the way I have been shown to remove a tick and a large hunk of white gunk came flying out. Thinking the (possible) tick evaded me I went at it again and more white stuff came out. Seemed like quite a lot for an area smaller than a dime. I cleaned the area and hadn't noticed anything amiss. Today I checked it again, more white goo came out and I cleaned it up again, and cut the fur surrounding it and placed Neosporin and a bandage on it. Anything else I could/should be doing??

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It's just a sebaceous cyst. No biggie :) Just keep it clean. Sometimes they come back and sometimes they don't.

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Yeah, sebaceous cyst. The way to be sure they won't come back is to make sure you get the core -- there's a firmer bit at the center, like a grain or rice or rubber. But with a big cyst like that it might need to be opened up -- lots of squeezing can create problems. I've had my vet slit a few big ones on Beth with a scalpel (laser probably) to really empty them. He put a staple or two in a couple for a week or so, one he let heal by itself. Wasn't a biggie, just done with a local.

 

I am now pretty obsessive about wanting to get them all emptied, whether by me or by the vet, as Beth had a large one I just left and it ended up rupturing internally and creating a big mess. She goes in cycles -- for a few months she'll get multiples, and then for a few months she won't have any at all.

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Thanks, y'all. Have been cleaning twice daily with Hydrogen Peroxide and Neosporin. Also trimmed fur surounding so i could keep a lookout on it. Still looks a bit red and have kept up cleaning. If still red Monday we will go and see the vet.

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