My 9yr old JRT's right eye hasnt looked "right" for a little while now. Not weepy or anything, but just not right. So I had a few minutes in a well lit room today so I looked at it closely. He has a growth of some sort on the lid.
Anybody else had one of there removed or otherwise treated?
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My cattle dog cross has one of these. They are benign tear duct tumors and are only a problem if they start to scratch the cornea. So they do bear watching.
The only fix is a lid-splitting surgery where they remove a little triangle of eyelid. Just removing the tumor doesn't work - it will grow back.
Simon's has gotten a bit larger but seems to be shrinking with some dexamethasone drops. I really prefer to avoid the surgery as I don't want to put him through the whole ordeal with the Elizabethan collar and all that. So far it does not seem to bother him, which I find amazing. If I had that thing on my eyelid it would drive me NUTS.
The most common (although not only) type of eyelid tumor is called a meibomian gland tumor, which is what Mara is describing. They are very common and if they do start to cause reddness or irritation to the cornea we reccomend removing them. The surgery is a pretty short procedure, and they typically do very well afterwards.
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tumor is there...on outside corner of his eye..so not a tear duct?
That's where Simon's is as well. It was just a little speck for a while, then grew somewhat quickly over about 2 months. It's begun to shrink now with the dex drops. It also scabs over sometimes, and I use a warm cloth to gently loosen and remove the scab prior to putting in the drops.
I know the surgery is no big deal, but it's the recovery I don't want to put him through. He is a bit of a wuss and would not deal well with that collar.