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Excellent - thanks for joining the chat :)
How old is your poodle?
She is 8 and will be 9 in December
She's about the right age then where we start to see lots of lumps and bumps happening.
There is no good link between diet and sebaceous cysts that I am aware of
Yes. I'm sure that must be tue
but the nice thing about sebaceous cysts is that they are benign - the worst they usually do is what you've already seen - breaking open and being an annoyance to your pup and you
If surgery isn't always an option, some sebaceous cysts will close over on their own with appropriate nursing care and some antibiotics
Well, I've always had her on a good diet and was curious is i could "control" the cysts ... like I have any control. The one at the base of her tail kinda scared me and I just want to avoid that if I can
I will often do this type of treatment if the pet isn't a good candidate for anesthesia or the owners just don't want to do surgery for whatever reason
I've been talking to my regular vet, the groomer, etc.
I understand - you want to protect her from as much as you can - as far as I'm aware there's not much to do to prevent these
You probably already know this - but it's important to have lumps checked to be sure they are cysts cs something more sinister like cancer
Yes. I have to admit that I'm a little bit of a purist with the whole anitbiotics things, recognizing full well that I am not a Vet. So, I respect your knowledge and appreciate your input.
If you can hang on one moment I'll look up the nutritional info on Merrick's
Yes. I've had them needle biopsied a couple of times and each time they were benign.
thank goodness....I was wondering if a less "oily" diet might help?
Well, that would seem to make sense - I just don't think anyone has done the research
hah! maybe I should. :)
I'd read your paper!
Still looking at Merrick's website and ingredients - looks like a very solid diet so far
At present she has five small cysts and I think the best course is just to keep an eye out, keep her on the good food...it is probably just what it is but I thought I would put it out to the virtual "vet" world. Cuz you just never know!
Hey, gathering info from different sources always helps
I like what I'm seeing on the sample of Merrick diets I've looked at
As long as your vet thinks they are cysts, I would continue to monitor and address on an as needed basis. Also, lots of poodles need their teeth cleaned, so you could potentially have one or two taken off any time she's under for her teeth
Oh good. Yes, it was recommended to me by a holistic dog trainer who actually promotes raw diets. She said that Merrick's was the next best thing. I've stuck with it for some time now. My dogs certainly love it. That's a great idea about the cleaning. I'll keep that in mind.
Excellent - are there any more questions I can handle for you today?
Nope. I appreciate your time and perspective. Have a great Saturday!
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Will do Dr. Sara.