Hi Dr. Brown,
I have a 9yr old Beagle with an inclusion cyst, it doesn’t bother him at all but it is growing. Currently it’s about the size of a golf ball. I was curious at to what you thought the course of treatment should be.
My vet said that it needed to be surgically removed, that if it was just drained, it would fill again and/or become infected.
I hesitate to put him under the knife again, he had a Mebomian cyst removed just last year. He again had to be put under once again after the surgery because the stitches came out and they needed to be re-stitched.
What is your opinion on having the inclusion cyst drained under a local? Is there a chance that it would resolve the cyst? Is there anything I could do, like hot packing it, that would work?
How soon would it need to be operated on if I had to go that route?
Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to your response.
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
As long as your beagle is in good health, surgery is the way to proceed. Merely draining a cyst will never resolve the problem. The sooner the cyst is removed the better. However, it is not an emergency.
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