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    Question Sebaceous cysts and wearing a harness

    I noticed 5 small cysts on my 5 month old male Bully's shoulder area this week. He has been wearing a harness most of the day the past couple of months since he goes outside every chance he gets (boy loves the sunshine). I brush him several times a week and pet / play with him daily so these cysts appeared pretty quick. He had one a couple of months ago on his back (above his rear legs) that looked the same, I bathed him and then brushed every day for several days and it went away on it's on. I thought no coincidence that all of these were in the same area on his shoulder, under where the padded part of his harness is so I did some internet searches and read that there is a correlation between some dogs having cysts in the same area that they wear their harness a lot.

    Just wanted to see if anyone here had experienced a similar problem or had any helpful info on preventing / treating sebaceous cyst since EB's can have really sensitive skin and are prone to allergic reactions. I know there is a LOT of experience and knowledge that read these threads so thank you for any help.

    I am only using the harness on long walks with Dozer until we get this figured out and cleared up, he does Ok around the yard with just a collar (and a lot of verbal encouragement).

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    Default Re: Sebaceous cysts and wearing a harness

    My Dozer had a cyst pop up and it slowly, over a period of 4-6 months, grew to the size of a small marble. We had it needle aspirated and it was full of what looked like dirty serum. The Vet drew off a lot of crud to the point that the cyst was about 1/4th its original size. Much to our surprise, within 3 weeks it had grown to the size of a ping pong ball. We had it removed along with another smaller cyst.
    It's entirely possible that the cyst was caused by his harness. However, he was wearing only a Martingale Collar when we first noticed it(he had recently switched).....the new wife did not care for harnesses...and she knows best.

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    Default Re: Sebaceous cysts and wearing a harness

    My dogs wear their harness all the time. Even though they don't-I have a fear of them getting out of the yard,and I can't grab them! Never had a problem with cysts. Possibly dogs with more oily skin may be more prone to them,or some dirt may have gotten trapped underneath.
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    The next time he gets any of these can you try to get a photo and post it?
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    Sure, I'll try if it happens again. I just need another hand to hold his hair back and keep him still to get some good pix. They are all much smaller now and appear to be totally drying up. I've just been brushing him everyday and only using harness for short walks. These tough guys and their sensitive skin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School Dropout View Post
    Sure, I'll try if it happens again. I just need another hand to hold his hair back and keep him still to get some good pix. They are all much smaller now and appear to be totally drying up. I've just been brushing him everyday and only using harness for short walks. These tough guys and their sensitive skin
    They dry out? Does fur come off when you scratch or dies a scab form?


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    [QUOTE=2BullyMama;676044]They dry out? Does fur come off when you scratch or dies a scab form?


    Scabs formed on all of them, the largest two even flaked off as they healed. It looked like hair wasn't growing on / around the two bigger ones, but now that they have gone down - not noticeable.

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    [QUOTE=Old School Dropout;676050]
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    They dry out? Does fur come off when you scratch or dies a scab form?


    Scabs formed on all of them, the largest two even flaked off as they healed. It looked like hair wasn't growing on / around the two bigger ones, but now that they have gone down - not noticeable.
    Can you get a picture? I'm wondering if it is a staph infection


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    Oh my goodness, I never thought of that but after looking at images of some of the minor cases it does look very similar. The past couple of days he has broken out in a mild, red rash on his belly (where there is no or very little hair) so to the Vet he goes this AM. I have a 8-9 year old military spec flip-phone, not a good camera in it. My wife and oldest son have the super gadget phones; I'll see if I can get some help with pictures later with help from one of them but we will be busy getting our house hurricane ready and packing up and heading inland. Our house is within 5 miles of shoreline right at NC / SC state line.

    Thank you for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School Dropout View Post
    Oh my goodness, I never thought of that but after looking at images of some of the minor cases it does look very similar. The past couple of days he has broken out in a mild, red rash on his belly (where there is no or very little hair) so to the Vet he goes this AM. I have a 8-9 year old military spec flip-phone, not a good camera in it. My wife and oldest son have the super gadget phones; I'll see if I can get some help with pictures later with help from one of them but we will be busy getting our house hurricane ready and packing up and heading inland. Our house is within 5 miles of shoreline right at NC / SC state line.

    Thank you for the help!
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    You know your stuff 2BullyMama, I really appreciate the help. The Vet confirmed Staph infection, long story short - walking Dozer too much / too long in the harness evidently caused the initial irritation / blisters (what I thought were cyst). The rash on his belly is Staph internally carried through his bloodstream. She gave me Cefpodoxime tablets (100mg) for him to take orally - 1.5 per day for 15 days, KetoHex wipes and Pharmaseb Shampoo. Gotta stick with the instructions for two weeks and hopefully get this all cleared up.

    Now I know; I'm so thankful for this Forum, all the helpful members and exchange of information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School Dropout View Post
    You know your stuff 2BullyMama, I really appreciate the help. The Vet confirmed Staph infection, long story short - walking Dozer too much / too long in the harness evidently caused the initial irritation / blisters (what I thought were cyst). The rash on his belly is Staph internally carried through his bloodstream. She gave me Cefpodoxime tablets (100mg) for him to take orally - 1.5 per day for 15 days, KetoHex wipes and Pharmaseb Shampoo. Gotta stick with the instructions for two weeks and hopefully get this all cleared up.

    Now I know; I'm so thankful for this Forum, all the helpful members and exchange of information.
    Staph is usually the result of a weakened immune system so make sure to give a probiotic and if he has allergies that hits the immune system si staph creeps up when allergies are high

    Keep us posted


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