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Regrowth of Dog Eye Tumor

by Brittany B.
(Brooklyn, NY)

Our dog Sage’s issue is a return of an eye growth. In the December of 2012 he developed a growth on his left eyelid - in the corner. We had the vet surgically remove it in late January of 2013.

Around December of this past year I noticed that he had a little polyp starting to grow back in the same spot, but that interestingly stopped growing. It looks like a skin tag now, although it does rest on his eye a bit.

In the photograph you will see what did continue to grow- a tumor below his left lower eyelid. At first that lower lid was just a bit puffy, (around December, 2013) but in mid February of this year it began to show from underneath. His eye had begun oozing, and this morning there was additional black gunk (for lack of a better word) on that lower eye lid.

He only shows small signs of discomfort. I noticed him in January rubbing his paw agains that left eye, and I guess that was a sign. It was in early February I decided to take a wash cloth and wipe his eye daily.

We think Sage is a German Shepherd/Husky mix, and he is approx 8 years old. We adopted him just over two years ago, in December of 2011. He is about 65-70 lbs, Med build, and a white beauty with tan hints in his coat.

I am worried about having another surgery since he is 8 years old. Sage is in pretty good health- runs on our walks especially since it is cold. He does have some hip issues from before we got him, and he was treated for heart worm before being transferred from his original home area in North Carolina (the pet rescue partners with high-kill shelters in the South, bringing the dogs north).

The hip issues include slight hip dysplasia plus the possibility that someone shot his left hind leg with a paint ball gun within the months before he landed in the pound. So, there is a great deal about his history we do not know.

do know that he is well cared for now, and with us he is a city dog, (Brooklyn) taking 2-3 long walks a day. He gets tired on those walks and slows down, especially in the summer, but we adjust to his needs.

Sage has not lost his appetite, and bowl movements are normal. He eats a cup of Merrick grain free hard food twice a day, and we supplement that with salmon oil, turmeric, and glucosamine pills with his meals. He gets broken up “Old Mother Hubbard” grain free treats on his walks. He does get cooked high quality meat (steak, chicken, ground turkey) when we have some. I’ll separate out a bit for him and cook it with no herbs, and that happens 2-3 times a month.

He’ll sometimes eat cooked asparagus, beets, and green beans- probably once a month for each. He will only eat it cooked. He’ll also lick the coconut oil off our hands since that is what we use for lotion these days.

His heartworm/deworming pill is given to him with peanut butter, a treat he gets on an occasion. And, I am sorry to say, he will get the occasional piece of cheese... Sage will not eat anything that is remotely sweet, which is interesting. Never wants apples or other fruit, and thank god he doesn’t go after anything sugary. That is the whole of what he consumes in our home.

I have been interested in treating this issue internally, paying more attention to his internal PH and overall nutritional health, but my attempts in the past have been poking on the edges with small experiments (ginger in water) and not a program which will address the issue. I am happy to supplement more real food into his diet.

The real concern is that this is reoccurring, and if we go the surgery route (which I really do not want to do) it will just do it again perhaps in speedier and speedier cycles. Surgeries will just become a strain on his physical health, and that is not what we want.

Your guidance is appreciated.

Thank you!


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Mar 03, 2014
Tumor is growing
by: Brittany B

The tumor on his eye has unfortunately, turned outside of the eyelid because it has grown so much. It's growth in the last week has been pretty close to an exponential rate. Waiting intently for some sort of an answer since it has been close to 24 hours since my post was recognized.


Mar 04, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: Regrowth of Dog Eye Tumor
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

March 3, 2014

Hi Brittany,
The growth must be fluid filled to increase in size so quickly. And you mentioned that it also has been oozing a black fluid. You are correct, that this must be what is causing him to rub his eye.

Use saline eye wash to rinse his eyes as needed 3-4 times daily. This may encourage it to drain, and allow it to shrink a small amount. You can also add sweet almond oil, 2-3 drops, after the saline rinse, into the eye to protect and soothe the cornea.

It is very difficult to actually see this growth from the photo you submitted. I am guessing that it is located on the lower left lid on the inner aspect about the midpoint? And I am suspicious that it is a benign meibomian gland cyst. This can commonly regrow after being surgically removed. The best treatment is to use homeopathic remedies, and NO more vaccinations. You will need to locate a holistic veterinarian to write an exemption form for the Rabies vaccination. And also to follow up on the suggestions I have for homeopathic treatment.

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The homeopathic remedy I suggest first, is Thuya. Remedies are given either by dry pellet or dissolved in Spring Water. In X, C, M, or LM potencies. Give Sage Thuya 12C or 6C potency two times daily for 3 weeks. You can give him ONE pellet by mouth two times daily, or you can dissolve one pellet in a 2oz dropper bottle with Spring Water, and give it to him with the eye dropper. 'Succuss' or shake the bottle 20 times by hitting it against the palm of your hand.

If you give him the dry pellets, do not touch the pellets with your fingers. You can drop out one pellet into the cap of the vial, and pick up the cap and toss it into his mouth.

You mentioned that you only feed him dry food, with the addition of cooked meat 2-3 times per month and cooked vegetables only once a month. To improve his health overall, for his joints, GI tract, etc he needs to have more moisture in his diet EVERY day. A 65-70 lb dog should eat 1,000-1,050 calories per day. Therefore, if he is fed two times daily that is about 500-525 calories two times daily. Adjust his diet so he does not get too many calories, and decrease the dry Merrick's and add in canned Merrick's, (if they make it) plus cooked (or RAW is even better) meat and vegetables in every meal.

He should have some type of tartar control 'treat' after each meal also. The glucosamine should be 2,000 to 2,500 mg one to two times daily. Salmon oil 1,000mg two times daily. And the tumeric should be about 1/2 the 'human' dose.

Continue the Old Mother Hubbard treats for his walks, and the monthly heartworm prevention can be spaced out to every 45 days.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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