Got an email from Elly about Missy and concerns about a small red bump that had developed on her eyelid. Elly is from Ernest and Rosie's litter of eleven puppies.
I hope you're well.
Missy seems very happy at home and loves to sit on my feet while I'm working, gnawing away at a toy.
I just have a quick question I wanted to ask you. I noticed a small red bump develop on Missy's lower eyelid yesterday and despite cleaning it with a warm compress last night it is still there today. It looks like a cyst or a stye (pics attached).
I have a vet appointment booked in on Tuesday for her but welcome any advice you might have in the meantime - is this something any of your pups have had?
Thanks very much in advance for the advice.
Wow, she looks so much like her Dad. That looks like a cyst/stye. You can get them from time to time. Keep doing the warm compress about three times (a warm wet brewed chamomile tea bag makes a good eye compress) a day and let your vet take a look at it on Tuesday. It might burst and be on the mend by then. If it gets worse and starts to irritate her, it might be good to see a vet earlier.
Cysts on their eyelids are reasonably common and often get better with just using a compress on the eye. It can be an injury (little scratch) or a follicle has become slightly infected. I wouldn't get too worried about it. They normally take around two to five days to head and burst and then start to heal. Sometimes they don't burst but start to go. They can last for a week or two in some cases. As I said before though, if it looks to be getting worse and irritating her, especially if the eye becomes red and discharging, get her to the vet sooner than Tuesday.
Hope this helps.
Thanks very much for this - really useful advice. I made the mistake of googling it and got all sorts of worrying answers! I will try the chamomile tea bag as you suggest and hope it clears up in the next couple of days.
I also think Missy looks a lot like her dad - her facial markings look very similar! Attaching some more photos so you can see.
Thanks very much again :)
"She is very cute and the spit of her Dad. Thanks for the photos. Jane x"
Then Tuesday evening remembered Missy had been to the vet, so emailed Elly.
Just wondering how Missy's eye is? Just remembered you were going to the vets today and just wanted to know that all is okay.
Missy is all well now - thanks for asking! It was just a little stye which has now pretty much disappeared after a few days of putting chamomile tea bags on it, as you suggested.
The vet said today it was probably just a stye too and wasn't concerned. Missy has now had her second vaccine and we're counting down the days until we can take her on her first walk!
Everyone at the vets commented on how lovely she was, and she's already got a fan club in our neighbourhood.
Will keep you updated on any developments.
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