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My dog has a meibomian cyst on his eyelid that needs to be

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My dog has a meibomian cyst on his eyelid that needs to be surgically removed. Vet did blood work. Says he might have cushings. Says she needs to test/do blood work to be sure and before surgery to remove cyst. Can my dog have surgery to remove cyst without first testing for cushings?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.

It sounds like there were probably some increased liver enzymes. This is not an uncommon finding in older dogs with routine bloodwork. It could be Cushing's, but without the typical increased thirst/ urination/ appetite/ panting signs, I don't think I would go chasing that diagnosis.

You can have the surgery done without ruling out Cushing's. The difference would be that you're using liver friendly medications and lower doses on things like Valium or Midazolam just in case the liver enzyme elevation is actually due to decreased liver function. The rest of the anesthetic protocol would be the same and I wouldn't expect any adverse reactions or difficulty recovering.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 11 months ago.
Hi Perla,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bucky. How is everything going?

Dr. Gary