Good afternoon, I’m Dr. Gates and I’m happy to assist you this today.
My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.
I will do my best to go through everything with you and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs. The more information I have the better the job I can do to help get you some answers for your pet.
I'm so sorry that Zoey is having issues. Can you attach a picture of the lesion?
What you're probably describing is an iris or iridial cyst (sometimes called a uveal cyst). However, they can get certain types of cancers that mimic these lesions.
You can read about Iridial cysts here:
This article discusses when you should worry and have her examined to rule out other more serious possibilities:
Weight gain is common as their metabolism slows down when they age. There are also endocrine issues like Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, and Cushing's disease which can also cause weight gain and a bloated appearance. Blood work is generally needed to diagnose these conditions.
I'd recommend picking up some GenTeal tears from the local pharmacy or grocery store. You can use these 2 to 3 times daily.
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Just in case, here are a couple of articles on the most common endocrine diseases in dogs. I hope this helps.
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