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Dark Growth on Dog's Lower Eyelid

by Terri
(New Brunswick, Canada)

Dog Eyelid Growth

Dog Eyelid Growth

My 7 year old Husky/Shepard mix rescue dog has developed a growth on his lower eyelid. Do you have any idea what this may be?

I also have a 6 year old black lab who had a growth that looked the same on his inner ear flap, and the vet did surgery to remove it. He also lost a spot on the edge of his ear where the wart growth was, however it came back again in a different spot on his ear. I changed his food and he hasn't had any issues since.

My Husky is always licking his ears and I don't know if this may be something he caught viral from doing this.

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Jun 27, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Dark Growth on Dog's Lower Eyelid
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

June 27, 2014

Hi Terri,
From the photo, this could be a malignant melanoma (it is a black color) or it could be a benign growth such as an adnenoma.

To differentiate between a benign or a malignant growth, check on rate of growth.

1) A malignant growth will double in size in a few weeks. A benign growth grows much slower over several months to a year.

2) Tissue sample of the growth can determine under the microscope exactly between benign or malignant.

Treating it homeopathically would be preferable to surgery. As you discovered on your other dog's ear, just to have it surgically removed, you will discover that more growths will appear. A holistic approach will encourage the body to shrink the growth, or prevent it from continuing to enlarge.

Vaccinations seem to be the trigger to cause growths, warts, cysts, tumors, etc to appear. Creating a condition that is called 'vaccinosis' in holistic medicine. Therefore, I would advise NO MORE vaccinations. You will need to seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to write an exemption form.

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

Make sure your dog is on a healthy diet, no DRY FOOD. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options,

Use only natural flea/tick products, such as EVOLV from

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jun 27, 2014
Growth speed
by: Terri

Thank you for your response, this has been slow growing over 3-4 months maybe a little more, thank you for your advice I am going to do some switching ASAP and I will keep you updated.

Apr 12, 2015
by: Anonymous

Hey, I have a little question about the pigmentation on the dogs eyelid on the right side of the tumour. Is that normal? My dog has that kind of pigmentation on his eye, it has not raised but it keeps growing. It has been about an year since I first noticed it. I have taken him to a vet, who said she isn't quite sure what it could be. The size of it is irregular, it's black and approx. 4mm wide and it's spreadig to his tearduct. Also if it would be a tumour, what kind of treatments would there be if it has made it's way to the tearduct. Hope to hear from you!

Apr 12, 2015
My Online Vet Response for: Dark Growth on Dog's Lower Eyelid
by: Dr Carol Jean Tillman

April 12, 2015

Dear Anonymous,

Thanks for your question. I'm happy to help, but we only accept new questions from subscribers (the original question above was from a subscriber).

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