What's the best way to try and keep growths from forming in my dogs eyelids?
Hi Heather. Eyelid growths in dogs are not uncommon especially as they get older. Some potential causes of such growths are Meibomian gland adenomas, papillomas, mast cell tumors, squamous cell tumors and melanomas. Another type of growth is a chalazion which is a cyst on the Meibomian gland. Your dog may show no symptoms other than the obvious mass on the eyelid, but as the mass grows, it can start to rub on the cornea causing pain, ulcers and discharge. It’s important that any lump is checked by your vet because if it’s something nasty, then early treatment can give you a better outcome. It’s not really possible to prevent these tumors except perhaps the squamous cell carcinoma which can be associated with sun exposure on pale eyelid skin. Keeping your dog out of the sun during the most dangerous part of the day may help. | 11.05.15 @ 10:24