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What could a pimple like looking sore be on our Springers

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What could a pimple like looking sore be on our Springers eyelid, it looked like it had a head on it but the head has gone away and there has been some drainage.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
I am sorry to hear that Buddie has a small pimple-looking growth on his eyelid.
There are a couple possible causes for this.

One is a blocked eyelid tear gland duct that has become infected. There are several of these along both top and bottom eyelids and if the duct becomes infected and the gland secretions cannot empty the secretions cause a swelling and can become infected, sort of like a sty on a person's eyelid. They often will look red or yellowish in color and are located along the eyelid. Sometimes just by warm compressing the area and with a little gentle pressure the blockage opens and no further treatment is needed. Just flush the debris out of the eye with sterile saline and continue warm compresses a few times daily for a few days to keep it draining. But if that doesn't work we need to lance the swollen area, remove the infected secretions and use an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory to resolve it. You can try warm compressing the area several times a day with gentle pressure to see if that will work for him.

Another possibility is a meibomian gland growth.
This is a tumor of the oily producing tear glands located along the eyelid. These growths are benign, meaning they don't spread deep into tissues or spread to distant areas like the lungs or lymph nodes, but they can get quite large and interfere with eyesight, rub on the eye and make the dog uncomfortable. They tend to be brown or black in color and can protrude from the eyelid as they get bigger, rubbing the eye.
Sometimes we can lance and drain them like a cyst but they usually come back. I do recommend removing them before they take up a big portion of the eyelid and become uncomfortable. It is usually a short surgery requiring just a few stitches, and the dogs feel much better once the growth is gone.

At this point Buddie should see his veterinarian for an examination.
In the meantime you can warm compress the area twice daily, keep it clean, and apply Polysporin ointment (which you can get over the counter at the drug store) to protect his eye and keep it more comfortable.
Let me know if you have any further questions.