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Bumps along dog's right eyelid

by Danielle
(Long Island, New York)



My dog has developed a few little bumps along her right eyelid. She is not scratching at them, or particularly concerned about them at all. They don't seem to be bothering her unless we hold her head still and try to look at them....and that is more likely annoyance at being held still.


They look like what we humans call a stye on our eyelid. They are a little sensitive to touch - she pulls away if you touch them.

The largest one is at the inner corner of her right eye. There is another that is almost gone above that, and a new one just came up yesterday which is along the bottom eyelid of the right eye.

They do not appear to have any pus in them - they are dry and not scaly that I can tell. Being a puppy, she refuses to be still enough for me to really inspect carefully - as you can tell from the pictures.

I want to find out if I should be worried about these bumps and if they require a trip to the vet.

She is a one year old Australian shephard/border collie mix breed. She was adopted from a shelter at 9 weeks old, so we don't know for sure what she is!

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Oct 13, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Bumps along dog's right eyelid
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Danielle,
From the photos you submitted, these 'bumps' do appear to be similar to a 'stye' which is a clogged Meibomian gland (the glands that line the base of the eyelashes). I am curious why they only seem to affect her RIGHT eye, and also why they are continuing to appear, disappear, then re-occur over and over again.

I think that her immune system may be weak, and this certainly may be due to receiving too many vaccinations, from the pound, and then after you adopted her. I suggest NO MORE vaccinations until this problem is completely cleared up. But then I worry that she may 'relapse', if vaccinations are resumed. A holistic veterinarian will be able to write an exemption form to 'excuse' her from receiving any more vaccinations.

Diet is VERY important. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options and consider feeding her a RAW dog food diet. NO MORE DRY DOG FOOD for her.

Skin, glands, and hair need to have adequate moisture in the diet to be healthy. DRY DOG food will not meet that requirement. For her teeth, provide her with dental chews, or tartar control treats, DO NOT rely on dry dog food as it will NOT keep her teeth clean.

Also consider giving her the following immune supplements:

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

For the Immuplex, open and sprinkle one capsule in her food two times daily.

If these bumps continue in spite of immune support and diet change over the next 3-6 weeks, then homeopathic remedies may be the next step. Sulphur, Rhus tox, Staphysagria, Pulsatilla and Thuya come up high in the repertory for
1. Stye on eyelids
2. Eruptions on eyelids
3. right side
4. Vaccinosis

You will need the guidance of a holistic veterinarian to choose the most appropriate remedy, potency and frequency of administration to match your dog's constitution.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO

Oct 13, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Bumps along dog's right eyelid PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Danielle,
Here is the last part of my response.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Related Pages:
- Dog Eye Problems,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Eye Problems Section

Oct 24, 2014
bumps along dog's right eyelid
by: Anonymous

Hi Danielle, my dog has the same bumps (2) of them by her right eye. We took her to the vet, who said it could be an infection and gave us an antibiotic. Coincidentally, I am from Long Island as well, and my dog looks ALOT like your dog, but is only 7 months old. Her bumps do not bother her either, they are hard when you touch them.

Oct 25, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: Bumps along dog's right eyelid
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

October 24, 2014

Dear Anonymous,
Antibiotics are a 'temporary' fix by conventional veterinarians to treat this problem. It is best to start with a healthy diet, (no dry dog food-best is RAW), and boost the immune system with supplement if the healthy diet is not enough.

If more support is needed, then prescribe a homeopathic remedy as indicated by the symptoms of the patient. This is best done by a holistic veterinarian.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

P.S. If you've found this service or our web site helpful, please "Like" us by clicking the like button at the top of the left margin. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.



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