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Cysts on Dogs and Cats / Dog Cysts / Cat Cysts / Canine Cysts / Feline Cysts

Natura Petz supplements to to help address abnormal cysts, lumps, fatty lipomas and tumors in dogs and cats.

Cysts on Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help holistically address symptoms of cysts and other irregular growths on dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a coordinated effort by the immune systems as well as critical tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals help support the process of free radical scavenging, which is the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, bacteria, viruses, microbes, pathogens, allergens and wounds, and may help set proper cellular regulation in the animal body. 

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. A cyst is an indication that your pets immune system is out of balance and has been compromised.   

Cysts, also known as sebaceous gland tumors, occur just beneath the skin (subcutaneous) and include masses or tumors. They are usually hard to the touch and can increase as well as decrease over time. Cysts can emit a foul smell, bleed if disrupted and can develop sacs which contain pus due to infection. When infection occurs, a cyst will ooze a yellow liquid or substance which contains pus. 

The appearance of a cyst(s) can vary greatly in size, type and location but commonly include:

Nodules which includes a raised area of the skin

Elongated, broaded shaped

Round, circular or oval

Mobile, move locations under the skin

Cysts can range in size from 1/2 to 2 inches or more and may be singular or occur in mulitple locations, and can occur anywhere on a dog or cat's body. In all cases, have your veterinarian examine any cysts that present on your pet.

Types of cysts:

Sebaceous cysts:

Usually the most commonly occuring as well as the most prone to infection that involve hard lumps located right under the surface of the skin.

Sebaceous gland overgrowth (also called hyperplasia):

Common to senior dogs and cats. These types of cysts appear as shiny lumps and usually present on the head and abdomen. There appears to be a prediposition to terrier dog breeds, although all breeds of dogs and cats can devleoped gland overgrowth cysts. 

Sebaceous gland adenoma/epithelioma

Older dogs and cats commonly expereience adenoma cysts, which tend to be located on the head or surrounding tissues of the face, such as eyelids. Ademona cysts are often accompanied with pus and crusty, dry skin around the cysts. 

Certain dog breeds inluding Cocker Spaniels, Samoyed, Husky and Coonhounds appear to be predisposed, although adenoma cysts can affect dogs and cats of all breeds. 

Sebaceous gland hamartoma:

Type of gland that forms shortly after birth. 

Sebaceous gland adenocarcinoma

A malignant (cancerous) form of cyst that metastacizes (grows and spreads), generally affecting the lymph nodes and lungs of dog and cats. All breeds and dogs and cats can be affected but male dogs have greater risk and predisposed breeds include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Scottish, Cairn and West Highland White Terriers.

Causes of cysts:

Compromised immune system

Secondary infection


Blocked follicle

Insect bite reaction

Allergic reaction

Vaccinosis (vacine reaction)

Follicular problem (inactive follicles do not function properly)

Lack of sebum secretion

Swollen hair follicle (inflammation)

Hormonal imbalance   

Helpful suggestions: 

Mammary tumors are a common type of tumor seen in pets, especially in females. This type of tumor can be greatly reduced by simply having your pet spayed at an early age (preferably before the first heat-cycle). Neutering your male pet also reduces the chances of them developing testicular tumors.

Ensure that your pet is eating a healthy high-quality diet that is home cooked, raw or premium kibble that is free of corn, wheat, soy, inferior proteins, preservatives and artificial ingredients. 

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily to help promote lymphatic cleansing and hydration

Animals are susceptible to the damaging effects of environmental toxicity. Avoid using harsh chemical sprays and inorganic products indoors (dryer sheets, room deodorizers, scented candles, cigarette smoke) as well as outdoors related to fertilizers, oil spills and deicers. 

Monitor the amount of time your pet is exposed to direct sunlight as tumors of the eyelids, ears, and nose can be triggered by excessive sunlight, particularly true for white pets.

Encourage your pet to exercise. Besides food quality and environmental toxicity, obesity is a leading cause of many health complications including cysts and the risk may be reduced with a healthy diet and a little bit of exercise.

Introduce a detoxifying and cleansing herbal regimen annually to help keep your pet healthy from the inside out. 

Once a cyst develops, it is a result of a compromised immune system and aberration of the normal cell process. A correction to immunity to re-establish balance is vital and as well as nutritional cellular support is required to restore balance, scavenge abnormal cells and to begin address cysts and other growth abnormalities. 

Most animals that develop a cyst or lipoma will develop multiple cysts. Irregular growths do not imply malignancy, but it is important to have your veterinarian check every new growth individually. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments are used to help boost or balance immunity as needed; to help address inflammation of skin tissues and structures in the body; to adjunctively help address cysts, lipomas and tumor growths (not a cure);  to help check irregular cellular mutation and may nutritionally support healthy cell growth, important in the development of cysts and lipomas; to help cleanse the system and support healthy cells in the body; to help support the body’s own natural restorative functions while having a tonic effect on the skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue; to help promote healthy cellular response; to help promote the healing of wounds, treating pain and injuries as well as chronic skin conditions.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em –FOR INFECTION- (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella;

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, helping to reduce the adverse effects of allergies; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; , and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; strongly antioxidant and anti-mutagenic; may nutritionally help promote connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; nutritionally help standardize normal cell operation; encourage free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; may help provide nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; may help promote optimal immune protection and systematic cellular health and strength; may help support bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses..

Conventional Remedies:

All irregular growths found on your pet should be taken seriously and a trip to the vet is necessary. Your veterinarian will examine your pet and the tumor, if it is an external one, and may ask you a number of questions about other possible symptoms.

After this, your vet may suggest a biopsy which is usually necessary to determine if the growth is cancerous. Depending on the case, this can be done with either a simple needle biopsy, or by having the tumor removed and biopsied post-operatively. Once a definite diagnosis has been made, your veterinarian can advise what treatment options would best suit your pet.

The treatment of tumors depends entirely on the type of tumor and the severity. Small benign tumors such as lipomas that are not growing and are not causing your pet any discomfort may simply be monitored regularly, while other tumors require swift surgical removal and possibly further treatments if the tumor was cancerous.

Surgery – Many tumors whether malignant or benign require surgical removal either to prevent any cancerous cells from spreading to other areas of the body or in the case of benign tumors, to prevent excessive growth and damage to surrounding tissue.

Chemotherapy – If the tumor is found to be malignant then chemotherapy may be recommended. This type of treatment involves administering doses of certain chemicals that are highly toxic to fast developing cells thereby killing off cancer cells in the body. Radiation – Also used when dealing with cancerous tumors, radiation therapy works by killing cancer cells and shrinking the tumor. Radiation therapy works by destroying cells in the area being treated by damaging their DNA or genetic material thus making it impossible for these cells to grow and divide.



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