Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Friday, June 17, 2011

What is That Thing on My Dog's Eye??

This is another one of those questions we frequently get. In most cases what the dog owner is referring to is a benign lesion, known as a chalazion or meibomian gland cyst, that occurs in the upper or lower eyelid. These occur when this gland gets blocked with the oily substance it produces. Why this happens? Who knows. There can be one or more and they can be pinpoint or quite large. In most cases, the dog doesn't even seem to mind or notice it's there. They are NOT painful.


This is how they often appear:




If they get big or if the dog IS pawing/scratching at it (which means they could potentially cause corneal trauma), it should be surgically removed. Topical medications and warm compresses to the area DO sometimes help but it's often only temporary since the underlying issue remains. 



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  1. This is another one of those questions we frequently get. In most cases what the dog owner is referring to is a benign lesion, known as a chalazion or meibomian gland cyst, that occurs in the upper or lower eyelid. flexpetz

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