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My 12yr old shitz-zu male has a golf ball sized sist on the

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My 12yr old shitz-zu male has a golf ball sized sist on the back of his neck that now has broke open and is oozing a blood and puss-like mixture but does not seem to be receding one bit.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 4 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. It is not uncommon for these cysts to get infected and rupture like this. The problem is that they have a hard time healing. The first thing I would do is to see if your vet can get him started on antibiotics. Topical therapy won't do much for this. In many cases, these cysts tend to stay chronically infected, so surgical removal is usually the best option. I prefer to get them started on antibiotics first, though, to clear the infection as much as possible before surgically removing it, or you may risk an infection at the surgical site. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 4 months ago.

Sorry. Did not mean to opt out of this question. It was another one.

Expert:  Dr. John replied 4 months ago.

Sorry for the confusion. Please let me know if you have further concerns.