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Growth on Dog's Upper Left Corner Eyelid

by Kimberly

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Redness Around Eyes and Mouth
First Day We Adopted Him

We got our dog Charlie approximately 4 years ago. He was a rescue and they estimated him to be about a year old when we adopted him. At that time he did not have any growths on him and did not seem to be affected by allergies: red eyes, red chin, licking of paws (all signs of some sort of allergy - our recent visit with a holistic vet told us). I posted a picture of him the first day we adopted redness.

About a year after we adopted Charlie he developed what looked like a pinkish wart looking growth on his right outer leg. He would bang it occasionally and it would bleed but it never seemed to grow. We took him to the vet and they said that as long as it wasn't growing or bothering him to leave it alone.

About a year or so later he developed one on his chest. This one was sort of the same thing, maybe a little darker in color and seems to be only hanging by a thread (like a skin tag). This too also bled once and a great while when he banged it while playing.

Again we were told by the vet if it didn't grow or cause any issues to leave it alone. Not sure if there is any link... but I can't pin point if these growths occurred after his shots....?

The issue that we have now is he developed what seemed to be the same sort of growth on the inner corner of his upper left eyelid about 3-4 months ago. This concerned me because obviously that cannot be comfortable and it would probably start to bother him.

Since we first spotted the growth it has grown. His eyelid seems to
be red and irritated but I do notice him pawing at it sometimes. So I am not sure if that is why it is red or if it is caused by the growth. He has red eyes (both eyes) and reddish chin... he licks a lot. He seems to be having some sort of allergy and I am not sure to what.

We visited a new vet (holistic) about a month ago hoping to get answers about these growths and she suggested that he has allergies. She suggested we do not use any kind of bleach etc in the house. She also gave us Jade Chlorella to give to him and an antihistamine for itching.

The growth on his eye doesn't seem to be getting better. I researched natural remedies for growths and came across castor oil. I started applying a warm compress along with castor oil to his growth last night.

I am hoping that he doesn't need to have this removed as I have read it could deform his eyelid and could grow back anyways :(

So for that reason I am even more skeptical about just letting anyone remove it.

I have it in my mind that I am going to try this castor oil for a week and if I do not see any improvements I feel I need to have it looked at.

Does this look like something you have seen before?

Have you heard of castor oil as a possible treatment for these kind of growths?

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Side note: He along with our other dog are currently eating Blue Buffalo Chicken and brown rice/fish sweet potato/lamb and brown rice. We mix it up. Both dogs have never seemed to have any problems with the food.

Thank you!

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Jun 19, 2014
Eyelid growth
by: Kely Whitehurst

Your dog's growth is closer to the inner eye than I have myself typically seen, and I am certain that I am going to hear a rousing chorus of 'What an idiot' when I tell you how I treated my two Labrador's and my sister's chocolate Lab for this condition. The chocolate's growth had begun to get really big, but I got a roll of really thin mono-filament fishing string. I cut a length of about 2 feet, and I grasped the grown with a pair of plastic tweezers and pulled it out where it could be handled, and I tightly wrapped the fishing line as close to the dog's eyelid as possible and made about 10 rotations around the growth at the very base, and I wrapped it very tight. Then I tied the the string off. In all 3 dogs, it took about a week, and the growth just fell off and died due to starvation of blood and oxygen. They just dried up, and fell right off, and never grew back, AND over the course of each dog's next year, all signs of the growth completely disappeared. I got the idea watching my brother remove a skin tag from his back the same way. There were no ill effects afterward and no infection or vision problems for the dogs, but I did use a dollop of triple antibiotic ointment each day just to be safe and to keep the the the skin on the eyelid supple. This growth is a little closer to the eye, but if it were my dog, I would do it again just as before. Peace dog lovers

Jun 19, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Growth on Dog's Upper Left Corner Eyelid
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

June 19, 2014

Hi Kimberly,

The growth on Charlie's eyelid is probably benign, but as you mentioned, the larger it grows it will rub and cause irritation to the cornea, and more discomfort. I have not heard of using Castor oil for treatment of growths. I suggest using Sweet Almond Oil 2-3 drops into his eye, 3-4 times daily, for lubrication, while treating the growth homeopathically.

I am VERY suspicious that the growths that have appeared on his body, and now this one on his eyelid, and the red skin he has developed secondary to allergies, ARE due to past vaccinations. Seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to write an exemption form to avoid future vaccinations.

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

Start the homeopathic remedy Sulphur 6C or 12C two times daily for 3-6 weeks.

Homeopathic remedies are available in health food stores are come as small pellets, in vials. It is advised not touch the remedies with your fingers, so you need to remove the cap, set it on a flat surface, tip the vial over it, and twist the neck of the vial until one pellet falls out. A human would then pick up the cap, and throw the pellet into their mouth, to let the pellet dissolve under the tongue. For Charlie, you can just lift up his upper lip and put the pellet under his lip, or put it into his mouth. He may just spit out the pellet, but as the remedy is on the *surface* of the pellet, if it has come into contact with mucous membrane, then the remedy has been absorbed.

Regarding his diet, you might also consider a gradual switch to adding in some RAW meat to his diet. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options,

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

PS--I do not advise the surgical technique advised at home by the next 'reader' using a 2 foot long piece of mono-filament fishing line.

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