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My Lhasa Apso has been getting cyst-like bumps on various areas

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My Lhasa Apso has been getting cyst-like bumps on various areas of her body, including around her lower lip. They appear to have some liquid slightly oozing enough to matt her hair immediately around the area. These appear on her back, sides, tummy, in general all over her body. She is getting more as time progresses. She doesn't seem to be scratching them, although she really can't reach most of them. When they first started appearing her vet examined them and scraped the area and gave me some salve to use. Now they are appearing more often and she has several on her body now. We use the Advantage Multi at the Vet's suggestion. We never had this problem prior to switching. Could this be the problem? She only goes outside for a walk with us. She also has grass allergies. Thelma

These "bumps" which are generally what we call sebaceous cysts, are not often anything to worry about. It is extremely common in certain dogs, especially lhasas, poodles, bichons, and other small toy breeds. As long as one in particular doesn't bother the dog, or continue to grow, there's nothing to worry about.

Some people opt to have them removed anyway- which can be done either surgically or in some vet's offices, with something called cryosurgery, which involves no sedation (unless one is very close to the eye) and literally "freezes" the cyst off, taking only a minute or two for each one. That procedure is inexpensive, and non-painful to the dog. However, chances are high that not only will it grow back, rather quickly, but others may be appearing in time as well. It is best to just accept they are there and keep your eye on them to make sure that is all they are... there... and not growing or bothering your dog.

In some instances they can become infected, especially if scratched, and may ooze. When this should occur, cleaning with some diluted iodine (betadine) solution will help clean the mess.

Some people opt to use OTC human wart remover or salves from their vet as you've tried, which is safe topically but don’t let your dog lick it off too much. However, these rarely if ever remove them and in the off chance it does, the wart often grows right back. Antibiotic ointments also will not help them disappear but can keep an open infected one less 'ugly' appearing.

Best of luck,

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