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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat has a small growth. Do ypu think this is a sebaceous

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Hi! My cat has a small growth. Do ypu think this is a sebaceous cyst?
At some point a tiny bit of a yellow substance came out, it wasn't pus. I wish I could attach a picture.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I would very much like to see a pic. You can upload a pic(s) by use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No paperclip is present and I do not use drop box......I'm actually on my phone
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
oh wait! pictures did attach on last message!!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Thank you! Give me a minute to look at them.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

This is a benign-appearing tumor - a sebaceous gland tumor or fibroma is likely, Mary. Nodular sebaceous hyperplasia accounts for about 2/3 of all feline sebaceous gland tumors. This would be very easy to excise by "shave biopsy" and not expected to return. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Great! That's what I was hoping.
I have the desire to pop it, but I'm guessing it's best to leave alone? Or have the vet remove?
Thanks!!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

No, no! These don't pop...they're solid tissue! You can "watchful wait" or have the vet shave it away. It's not a dangerous growth.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Great! That's what I was hoping.
I have the desire to pop it, but I'm guessing it's best to leave alone? Or have the vet remove?
Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

It looks like the post timestamped 6:00PM (my time) was reposted. I responded: "No, no! These don't pop...they're solid tissue! You can "watchful wait or have the vet shave it away. It's not a dangerous growth." You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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