Eyelid Tumors

Treatment for Eyelid Tumors in Dogs

The main cause of eyelid tumors in most dog’s eyes is still unknown. However, some dog breeds are genetically predisposed to the development of sebaceous glands, while some experience tumors after long hours of exposure to the sun rays. Fortunately, most tumors are treatable using various methods like freezing the infected area with liquid nitrogen or surgery.

At Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Northwood, NH, we care for every animal that comes in through our doors. We are committed to ensuring that we provide the best service to you and your pet. We offer services like pet wellness exams, feline-friendly practice, and so much more. 


Symptoms of Eyelid Tumors in Dogs

Eyelid tumors are common, especially in older dogs. If you notice any abnormalities in your canine friend's eye, it’s good to have it checked by a veterinarian. It’s important to note that some tumors are cancerous, and others are benign. Taking a visit to your nearest animal hospital is essential. Below are some other symptoms it’s important to take notice of in your pet’s eyes:

  • An inflamed cornea
  • squinting
  • Constant rubbing of the eye
  • Sudden cross-eye or eye misalignment
  • A swollen eyelid
  • The presence of a mass on the eyelid
  • An abnormal eyeball protrusion
  • Swelling of the conjunctiva

Causes of Eyelid Tumors

The leading cause of the appearance of the tumors on the eyelids is yet to be known. However, there are a few speculative reasons which include:

  • Genetics - Some dog breeds are more prone to suffer tumors in their old age, namely the Bloodhound, Bulldog, and Cocker Spaniel.
  • Exposure to sunlight - The ultraviolet rays can contribute to the growth of tumors or if your dog’s eye has trauma. 

Treatment of Eyelid Tumors in Dogs

At Northwood Veterinary Hospital, we offer various options in treating eyelid tumors. The main methods include tumor removal via surgery. It may scare you to hear that your beloved pet will go under the knife, but it could be the best option. Before anything, our veterinarian will provide you with all the information you need to decide whether or not surgery is the best option for your canine.

Recovery from Eyelid Tumor Surgery in Dogs

After surgery, dogs wear an Elizabethan collar or cone to prevent them from rubbing their eyes. In addition, keep in touch with your veterinarian in case of any new swelling, bleeding, or loss of stitches.

Get in Touch with Us

At Northwood Animal Hospital in Northwood, NH, we understand the peace of mind of having a healthy pet. If your dog is suffering from an eyelid tumor, contact us at(603) 942-8368 or schedule an appointment online, and our experienced vet will be ready to give your canine friend the therapy he needs.


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If you have an Emergency with your pet during our open hours, please call 603-942-8368 and be prepared to bring your pet in immediately. If you need to have emergency medical attention when we are closed, please call CAVES in Concord at 603- 227-1199 or Port City in Portsmouth at 603-433-0056. Both hospitals will keep us up to date on your pet’s care so we can coordinate treatment, if needed.

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