Dog open-cyst not going away for roughly 6 months

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Old 08-28-2017, 08:04 PM
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Dog open-cyst not going away for roughly 6 months

My dog is a 10 year old bichon frise and she has had this open-cyst for the past 6 months which isn't going away.

It started roughly 6 months ago when I noticed a hard black thing stuck on her fur, which I thought was dirt (I bathe her every month, and she's otherwise very clean). So I pulled it out of her fur and it loads of thick yellowish/hard pus started to come out. So I squeezed it until it stopped.

I have been putting polysporin on it twice a day for the past 6 months and washing the cyst with antibacterial soap every day. But it's not going away.

We were just at the vet a few days ago, and she said the cyst is dry and it should be fine. But she didn't really look at it for more than 1 second. There was also no pus when we went to the vet, but there was the night before. My dog must have somehow removed the pus from her cyst before we went to the vet.

Here is a picture taken a few moments ago about what it looks like

Any thoughts? What should I do?

(The picture is very large, which is why I've chosen not to attach it here)
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:13 PM
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I would grab a second veterinary opinion. Wounds can be tricky, some vets will be better than others with this.
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Having gone on that long, I'm kind of shocked your vet didn't seem more concerned. You definitely should get a 2nd opinion. Maybe an antibiotic is in order, either in pill or liquid form, or even a shot.

I had a dog that had something similar happen and the vet thought there was something in there that formed it and was keeping it from healing. My dog was due for a teeth cleaning anyways, so while he was under, the vet cut into the cyst area and cleaned it out and left the larger cut [which wasn't very big, opened but covered with gauze bandaging so it could drain and heal from the inside out. I don't think she ever found anything in there that was irritating the wound, but what she did worked.

For a little while I had to wash and rinse it several times a day with betadine solution. It healed up in a few weeks.

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Cysts and related masses are physical growths, and though, in very rare occasions, they may go away on their own, by far the majority never do, until physically removed (surgery). of course surgery is not always needed...some will exist quietly on your pet for its entire life. But if they bleed off and on, or get infected periodically it is certainly recommended they be removed.
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