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How do you treat a dogs eye stye

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How do you treat a dog's eye stye?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
Hello there,

Is there a firm swelling on the edge of the eyelid?

How large is it?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
There is a pea sized red swelling on the edge of her eyelid. It looks like there is a small white dot on the center of the stye.
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 6 years ago.
In a dog this age it is either a meibomian gland cyst or meibomian gland tumor. Cysts can be drained by your vet but usually refill over time. If they get large enough to irritate the cornea or refill fast they are surgically removed. The tumors cannot be drained and have to be surgically removed. They do not hurt the dog unless they become large enough to irritate the cornea when the dog blinks. The eye becomes very inflamed when that occurs and the dogs often squint. Removal is not difficult but does require anesthesia. Cysts can usually be lanced with and without sedation.
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