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It looks like my pug has a sty in her eye, or a blocked tear

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it looks like my pug has a sty in her eye, or a blocked tear duct. should i be concerned?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 2 months ago.

Hi there,

I'mCustomerand I would be glad to help with your question. I need a little more information to best assist you.

How old is your dog (i.e. puppies are more prone to some eye conditions than adult dogs are)?

Is there a bump on her eyelid or just outside the eyelid?

When did you notice this and has the area changed since first noticed?

Does your dog's eye look red, is there squinting or any discharge? If so, please provide details.

Does your dog have a history of any eye problems that her vet has treated in the past?

I will get back to you as soon as I've received your response provided I'm still online at that time.

Thank you,

Customer/p>
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 2 months ago.

If you can attach an image, that would be very helpful.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
i'm having a hard time getting my response to send to you. violet is 10 years old, and we've never had eye problems in the past. she has a bump on the lower outside corner of her eyelid. i took pics, but can't figure out how to attach them here. the bump hasn't changed since it came up about a week ago, and there is no redness or discharge. doesn't seem to be painful at all either
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 2 months ago.

Thanks for the additional informaiton about your dog Violet. Older dogs very rarely get stys. If the bump is on the non-haired skin (i.e. actually the eyelid itself), then it is most likely an eyelid mass of which 75% or more are benign meibomian gland tumors.

See this image for an example: http://cdn.petplace.com/images/default-source/article-content/174108074.jpg?sfvrsn=0

It would be wise to have your vet take a look at it to insure he doesn't suspect anything more alarming; however, most such small masses can safely be monitored and only require surgery if they change significantly in size or character over time. If they start to get larger or irritate your dog's eye, then it is time to surgically remove them. Likewise, if Violet were to have elective anesthesia for a dental cleaning, then it would be smart to remove the tiny mass at that time so it is no cause for further concern. The tissue would be submitted for histopath to insure that the mass was benign and removed completely.

Masses on the haired skin of dogs are more likely cancerous than eyelid masses so I am a little more concerned if the bump is on the haired skin, as in this example except Violet's bump is in a different position and the affected area may be covered by hair or not:

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images27/BrunoBoxer7YearsOldMastCellTumorWartCheckUp.JPG

In this situation some sort of trauma/inflammation (e.g. non-itchy bug bite) at the site is possible and usually resolves fully within 2 weeks. Another explanation is a growth of some sort (i.e. benign or cancerous). That being said, if the bump is on the haired skin and doesn't resolve within 2 weeks or if it gets larger at any time, then I would see your vet right away. Also if the bump goes away but then comes back at any time, then it is important that it is seen by your vet. Usually they can take a sample of cells from the site to try and learn more about the cause of the problem. If cancer is suspected, then your vet can discuss options for biopsy or complete removal of the mass.

Since the mass is not bothersome to Violet, I don't recommend any home treatment at this time. However, if it persists for 7 more days, then your vet should take a look.

I hope that the information I provided has been helpful. Please remember to select REPLY TO EXPERT if you have more questions or would like additional information. It is my goal to provide you with the most complete information possible prior to you leaving a feedback rating. If you received all the information you needed, then kindly submit a rating.

Sincerely,

Customer/p>


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Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 2 months ago.

Hello,

I wanted to make sure you received my response and found the information helpful. Please let me know if you have other questions. If not, the kindness of a postiive rating and accept of my answer would be much appreciated as this is the only means by which I am compensated.

Thanks so much,

Customer/p>
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Karing

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