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Moe has a new infection near his anal area, at the base of his tail. Swelling, redness, and oozing whitish fluid. I'm not sure if it's an infected cyst (Poor Moe is literally covered in cysts of varrying sizes, with more appearing all the time, or so it seems). A quick call to the vet earlier ruled out the possibility an anal gland infection. They said if it was that it wouldn't be oozing in that particular spot. How can he develope an infection while on anitbiotics for a previous infection? I'm curious... and frustrated. I HATE to see him suffering so!

We have an appointment tomorrow morning (we were just there last Thursday!!!) but tonight I'm just treating it with hot compresses and topical anibiotic ointment. I've put his e-collar on to keep him from licking it. He is NOT happy...

Terry :cry:
 

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Moe went to the vet last Thursday because I was worried about his shedding and because he had an minor infection in a cyst located just below his tail gland. The anitbiotics were for that minor infection.

Today the vet said the swollen oozing lump below and to the left of the base of his tail (not the one ON his tail) was an infected sebacious(sp?) cyst. He squeased out the equivelent of a ping-pong-ball amount of cottage cheesy goo and gave him a more potent antibiotic because of the location of the cyst (near his rectum). Moe should be more comfortable and possibly the cyst can heal more quickly now. He was so good at the vet's... of course he whined but he allowed the vet to do what needed to be done with less fuss than I would have made, if it had been me.

The doctor said we may be in for more frequent trips to the vet's office with all the cysts that Moe has, and more popping up all the time. There may be more infections and a need of more surgeries to remove problem cysts. The surgeries are so traumatic for Moe and his recovery times are traumatic for ME (keeping him from the wound as it heals, helping him with e-collar related issues, worrying about hima nd distracting him from his discomfort, and yes, the financial burden). Moe is only eight... but I'm afraid that if his cysts become too numerous and a serious health issue, I may have to consider the unthinkable... :cry: :cry:

I'm not going to borrow trouble worrying about what MIGHT happen. Right now he's a relatively happy guy who enjoys a belly-rub, long naps, his afternoon cookies, and lots of lovin'.

Terry
 

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Betsy, do your dogs get many cysts? And do you treat them yourself (if so how)? When do you know to go to the vet? How do YOU decide what should be removed and what to leave alone?

Terry :?:
 

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Treat given. 8) Moe's already doing better. The sore spot is looking seventy-five percent better today. He managed to get the e-collar off this afternoon when no one was home by wedging it between the coffee table and the loveseat and then pulling his head out of it. We left it off tonight but we're watching him closely. So far he's not licking too much and when he does lick he listens when I tell him to stop. He moans and groans in protest but he DOES stop. I think he knows I'll put the collar back on if he doesn't listen... he hates it so much!

Thanks for the pep-talk Biscuit. The last cuople of days were not so great and got me feeling down... I'm feeling more like my old, optimistic self today.

Terry :)
 

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If so, Bev, then you must be older than I am, 'cause I have no clue who you're talking about! :wink: (Or perhaps you are much younger? :cry: )

Barbara, 50 cysts?!!!! How did you stand it? Moe is very pitiful when he goes to the vet... it breaks my heart. And then when he comes home I have to distract him from scratching or licking till he heals... HOW did you get through it? And, did your vet charge by the cyst or by the length of the surgery? Taking so many at one time must require a VERY long time.

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I remember Leave it to Beaver - I watched it all the time when I was little. BUT, that was many, MANY years ago! ;)

Barbara... $50 dollars?!!!!! Holy moly, that's wicked cheap!! Moe's last two surgeries cost WAY more than that. The first time was removal of one cyst - $400+, the second time we removed two cysts $500+ - but both times included teeth cleaning and nail clipping, and the second time we opted for lazer surgery so he'd heal faster. I have no clue how much this trip tomorrow will cost but I'm figuring at least $600 - there are six cysts that need to come off (more if the vet sees other potential problems), and perhaps another teeth cleaning. I know our vet doesn't charge per cyst (I asked). It's the length of the surgery that determines the cost, along with extras like cleaning, nail-clipping, amount of sutures (time consuming and determined by size and location of incision) amount and type of anesthesia, lazer use, and medication (antibiotics to take home). Follow-up visits related to surgery are included in the initial cost. I love our vets (Moe no longer cares for them) but good care here is pricey. Though, when I think about it, both my husband and my son had surgical procedures done this past spring and those cost sonsiderably more than Moe's so it's all relative.
 
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