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Ganglion cysts in pets

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Ganglion cysts, also referred to as bible cysts, are tumors that appear as small or large inflammation on body joints or tendons. The cyst contains a colorless jelly-like substance that is thick and sticky. It may be firm or spongy depending on its size. Small cysts are firm while big sized cysts are spongy. Usually, the ganglion cyst is harmless.

However, there are some occasions that call for the removal of the cyst especially when it causes unbearable pain and paralyzes movement. Ganglion cysts not only develop in human beings but also in pets. This article will therefore briefly discuss the causes, signs and treatments for ganglion cysts in pets.

• Causes of Ganglion Cysts in pets

Ganglion cysts commonly appear on the wrist or back of the pet’s paw, or other parts of the animal’s body. They also rarely occur on the fingertips, knee, top of the foot and ankle of both human beings and animals. The swelling has attracted a mammoth of interested scientists and scholars with the aim of discovering more causes, signs and treatments for ganglion cysts in pets.

Most documented scientific research studies do not show the causes of ganglion cysts in pets. However, they reveal that cysts may be caused by trauma or injury on joints and tendon sheath. Others believe that pets develop ganglion cyst because of engaging in the same motion for a prolonged period of time. This commonly happens when they are agitated, worried or excited.

• Signs and treatments for Ganglion Cysts in pets

Journals that contain information about the causes, signs and treatments for ganglion cysts in pets outline the following signs and symptoms indicating the development of the tumor. The commonest and noticeable symptom of ganglion cysts in pets is the development of a bump on the affected area. This bump either grows bigger or shrinks with time. At times the swelling disappears but may return later.

Depending on the nature and position of the cyst pain, a tingling burning sensation will be felt. Moreover, motion may be impaired thereby nose-diving the morale of the pet. Treating ganglion cysts in pets entails removal of the liquid mass in the cyst and administration of steroids or antibiotics to reduce swelling.

Pet owners should therefore familiarize themselves with the causes, signs and treatments for ganglion cysts in pets to undertake the required steps to stop its growth. However, the services of an experienced veterinarian may be required to prevent the spread of the cysts and further injury to it.


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