Eyes

Red Lumps in Eye -- What Your Vet Can Do

Eye cancer isn't very common, but it is the first thing that your vet will want to check for if your pet is six years or older. Testing for cancer means putting your pet under anesthesia and taking a biopsy of the lump, says Dr. Nasisse.

Your vet will probably give you anti-inflammatory eyedrops to use at home. The drops will partially shrink the gland, which may help prevent it from popping out again. The vet may have to reposition the gland several times before it finally stays put for good -- if indeed it ever does.

"The vast majority of cherry eyes -- and all third-eyelid eversions -- are going to need surgery," says Dr. Nasisse. For cherry eye, the surgeon will "tack" the gland into place with sutures that hold it more firmly than the eye tissues did. Eversions can also be easy to correct. The surgeon will trim away the excess cartilage that is causing the bulge. After the surgery, the eyelid will lie flat the way it is supposed to, and the lump will be gone, he says.

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