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Daisy scratched open one of those fatty bumps today while I was at work. It is one of those bumps that the vet says are " harmless". It had started to get a little bigger recently and now she has scratched it open. It is on her shoulder/top of her left front leg. Is there anything that I can put on it or should I give her something until I can get her to the vet tomorrow? I tried to put a warm wet towel on it, but she didn't like that very much. I have some antibiotic cream in a tube. I am wondering if that will help. It did drain a little too since she scratched it. She doesn't seem to be in any pain.. shes eating and sleeping etc. Any ideas?
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More than likely it was not a fatty tumor (lipoma) but an empidermal inclusion cyst commonly but incorrectly called a sebaccious cyst. They are known to pop on their own. The inside can be highly irratating to the skin so Cleaning the area is a good idea. On would thing that if the cyst burst that would be the end of it but most often that is not the case and they return, Only to burst forming a cycle. IMHO in these cases it is worth having them surgercally remove, in most cases it is not necessary. You also do not want to try and pop them etc because the content is general irratating to the surrounding skin.

Sebaceous Cysts in Dogs

Epidermoid Cysts
Treatment of Epidermoid Cysts
Treatment is surgical excision (cutting out). Caution: Manual rupture of the cyst can result in intense inflammation. If an epidermoid cyst is infected, it is first drained and tested for bacterial contamination. If drainage fails to resolve the infection, antibiotics are usually started. An anti-Staphylococcal drug is used if cultures and sensitivities cannot be obtained immediately as this is the most common infecting organism. Total removal of the cyst is usually only performed once infection and inflammation have settled.
 

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When our mutt had a surgery cut in that same spot we bought a $5 t-shirt at Walmart and put it on him after cutting off most of the bottom half of the shirt. It kept him from bothering it. Mens small or so is probably a good size for a broad-chested mediums sized dog. Not sure if that would help in your situation or not.
 

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We would rinse it with a "wound wash saline solution" put some neosporin or triple antibiotic paste on it with a piece of gauze and wrap it. The sell that "self sticking wrap" which worked pretty well to hold it in place...but this particular one was on Baileys head. Depending on where it is that system might not work.
 

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Luther is very lumpy. We have had several removed and some have burst through the skin on their own. The vet generally has us clean the area and provides anti-inflammatory meds. We also use a t-shirt but we have to cut holes in the bottom for his back feet. He is a magician when it comes to undressing. Then we just tie a knot on the top (over his back) and it works great. The only real concern my vet has expressed is infection so we keep a close on the area while it heals. They no longer bother to remove them but did say they would if healing isn't happening (the skin closing over the area). Luther currently has about 5 at different sizes. They do seem to swell if he scratches the area so we watch for that as well.
 

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Mattie is very bumpy too.. she has fat bumps all over. She has also had a cyst.. we got lucky that cyst healed on its own after it busted (after trip to vet to get anti) but we did not have to have sugery.
 

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Are the fatty bumps you are talking about common among bassets? I've not run across any on Boomer (5 1/2 months old).
 
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