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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Are cysts fairly normal?

My golden had one on her back 4 years ago that required surgery. The vet initially said just watch it but it grew and she started nibbling at it, so the vet suggested surgery. Turned our it was very deep and nasty but not cancerous.

Another has started close to where the last one was and she has a couple on her side. All small at this point. Again the vet said let's just watch them. She didn't think they were serious. Just wondered if this is a common problem?
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My dog has had a few for many years now. She's never needed surgery, they've never bothered her. And none are large enough that you can see. Can only feel them.

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Beau had 4 that got large and we removed them because they got pretty big and one was on his shoulder and seemed to make him limp. But some have come back in new places. My vet said not to press down on them or squeeze them. On the fatty tumors it can cause them to sometimes burst and get larger. Just to leave them alone.

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Fatty tumors and cysts are quite common in dogs as they age.

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Common in people, too! My Cocker had to lipomas that got huge so they required surgery. Tucker has a small one we watch, but it hasn't grown in the 3 years that he has had it.


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I suggest not taking any chances and get your dog FULLY CHECKED. Our dog (goldie) golden retriever and another breed, had 2 cysts. Since he got them quite often we didn't think to much about the ones he had. We were completed wrong and the cysts got infected BADLY. Let's just say this, the cysts turned into huge bumps and exploded. He did not die. In my opinion, the doctor should be shot right between the eyes. He did a poor examination on the dog and it looked like he started that day. This all could of been avoided if they taken some blood. Make sure you get a your dog completely checked. Don't look at the cyst and say, oh it's not big, nothing will happen. Remember thats just the top of his skin.

What I am trying to say is, don't think your dog has little cysts and push it to the side. You never know how big they really are. Also if your dog starts to itch or scratch or be bothered by it, GET HIM CHECKED THAT SECOND!

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My Maisie has a cyst that I noticed a few months ago. It hasn't gotten any bigger and the vet took a sample and confirmed it as a cyst. It occured to me a day later that it may be in the same location as her microchip, so when I had to return to the vet for her lyme booster, I asked the tech to check if that was the spot when the microchip really was. Sure enough, it seems to be right there. The vet came into the room and I told her that I didn't even think of the microchip when we first discussed it and did that now change things? (she said I could have it surgically removed if it bothered me, it doesn't bother Maisie).She again took a sample and showed me (like I knew what Iwas looking at!) that it was definitely a cyst and reinterated that she'd removed if I chose. Again, I saind that I did not want to make Maisie go thru that if it wasn't necessary, just so it wouldn't bother me! So I am watching it to see if it grows. I plan to leave it alone if it doesn't, or if she even (I hope not) has to go under anesthesia I'd do it then. The microchip is about 3 years old and the cyst is within the past few months. The vet said that they aren't related, that the chip is further down in her body than the cyst is. I can't help wonder about the location coincidence though.
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Where is the chip located? Many dogs experience cyst infection near the shoulders.
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That is where it is, by the right shoulder blade.That's exactly where I run my hand down to pet her, too!
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Than i suggest getting something done to get rid of it. Trust me, you don't want what happened to my dog, happen to yours. My dog developed a lump from the cyst and it exploded. This doesn't happen often, only when your dog bits it off a lot or your dog gets hit by a car. Let's just say this it is not a fun experience for you or the dog. Also my dog didn't get hit by a car, the cyst just got infected badly.
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