Dog eyelid growth and itchy torso
I noticed this growth on my dog's eyelid about 2 months ago. I noticed today that it might have gotten a bit bigger by adding nodules. It does seem to irritate her eye sometimes as it is occasionally a little red and teary. Otherwise she doesn't seem to scratch it or notice it at all.
She is also very itchy elsewhere on her body. I do not know if this is related. She tries to scratch under her torso a lot.
I have tried to upgrade her food to rule out food allergies - first to Wellness and now Blue Buffalo Lamb - and I added a GMC skin supplement with omegas and amino acid.
She had scabbing on her back just above her tail from the itching. That is now gone but the itchiness remains - mostly under her body. Her skin is flaky and her coat is a bit oily but I don't want to bathe her more than I should.
Shayna is a rescue dog, so I am not sure of her breed or age. We estimate that she is about 8 years old. I have had her for about 3 years. She looks like a breed I have seen online called an English Shepherd and fits the personality type. There are not many in the US but she comes from a state that used to have at least one English Shepherd breeder. She's about 65 pounds, active, smart as a whip.
I also have an elderly dog - Griffin, English Springer 13+ yo - battling osteosarcoma since Jan and cancer of the spleen since April. He has lived long passed the vet predictions. I mention this because he takes many meds - oral chemo cytoxin, prednisone, tramadol, gabapentin - and I don't know if it is possible for her to react to his secretions?
Last variable - Shayna and I were hiking in New Hampshire where I was bitten by a deer tick and treated with antibiotics to avoid Lyme disease. I don't know if she was exposed - she doesn't like too close inspection all over her body - but she does get Frontline. I'm 99% sure the deer tick incident happened after the itching and growth began.
Thanks in advance for your help. What a great service you have!
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