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Dog Eyelid Tumor


Eyelid tumors are masses in the eyelid area of dogs that form in their skin glands. For dogs, these tumors show up during their middle age and elderly stages of their life. When it comes to dogs, most of the time the tumors are benign, which means that they are not cancerous. These tumors can be painful for the dog, can impede their eyesight, and can also cause many signs of obvious discomfort for the dog.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs of eyelid tumors in dogs include:

  • The dog is rubbing or scratching at their eyes
  • They might develop a bluish film over the cornea of the eyes, similar to what happens in cases of Dog Glaucoma
  • Because this mass in the eye area is painful and is irritating, the dog will also exhibit red and bloodshot looking eyes similar in the case of Dog Pink Eye
  • The dog will also blink and squint a lot
  • There will be some discharge that comes from the eyelid and some of that discharge may include blood

It's important that if you notice these any of these signs or if you notice a mass in the eye area of your dog, that you take your dog to the vet's office right away.

Treatment Options

Most of the time, these masses will have to be surgically removed. What will happen is that the vet will simply remove the mass through surgery. If the mass has gotten out of hand, and it has become too big, then the mass will have to be removed, along with the surrounding skin of the eyelid. Then the eyelid area will have to be reconstructed. The recovery rate for dogs concerning these types of tumors is good, and the dog will certainly be relieved. Proper and comfortable eyesight will be restored.


In the case of dogs, a vet will do a variety of things to diagnose the eyelid tumor. The veterinarian will take specific diagnostic steps, such as taking biopsies, scrapings, and cultures. The vet will need to determine with absolute certainty, exactly what they are dealing with, and so they will take samples as well as do a variety of laboratory testing. Once the vet has established a proper diagnosis, they can then design and implement a treatment plan that is specific to the needs of the dog. That treatment plan, most of the time, will include surgical removal, but if the mass is small enough, then it can be removed simply through the use of medication.

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