What should I do if my dog ruptures a sebaceous cyst?
If the sebaceous cyst is breaking open, bleeding, becoming infected, or won’t go away, your veterinarian may recommend surgical removal. Sebaceous cyst removal via surgery is the most effective type of treatment. This is especially the case if the cyst has ruptured or has become infected.
What happens when a sebaceous cyst bursts on a dog?
Sebaceous cysts appear as a single raised bump that may seem white or slightly blue in color. If it bursts, it will ooze a grayish white, brownish, or cottage-cheese-like discharge. These cysts usually develop on the head, neck, torso, or upper legs. False cysts (those filled with blood) often look dark.
How do you treat a bleeding cyst on a dog?
Medications to Treat Sebaceous Cysts on Dogs In most cases, sebaceous cysts will not go away with medication alone. The only way to definitively cure a sebaceous cyst is to surgically remove it. However, your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help manage the problem if the cyst becomes infected.
Will a sebaceous cyst burst on its own?
Without treatment, cysts will eventually rupture and partially drain. It may take months (or years) for these to progress. Once they rupture, the painful sebaceous cyst will likely return if the pocket lining is not removed entirely.
Should you pop a sebaceous cyst on a dog?
If Sebaceous cysts are extra small and do not cause any pain it can be alright to pop them yourself. However, to be on the safe side, we highly recommend visiting a vet first, especially if you notice the growth getting bigger or causing your dog discomfort.
How long does it take a ruptured cyst to heal on a dog?
For a more long-term treatment plan, vets might treat the cysts with steroids and antibiotics. Antibiotic regimens can last for at least 6 weeks.
What comes out of a cyst when it pops?
Normally, these cells move up to the surface of the skin as they start to die so they can be shed. But the cells sometimes move deeper into the skin and multiply, forming a sac. They secrete keratin into the middle of the sac, which forms a thick, yellow paste. This can ooze out of the cyst if it’s burst.