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Old 05-13-2013, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Eye problem--conjunctiva biopsy?

Short version of my question: Does anyone have experience with growths/tumors/cancer of the conjunctiva of the eye? Are these types of things very common?

Here is our situation (see attached photos):

A few weeks ago we noticed that one of my 7 year old female basset's eyes was red. We weren't too concerned about it until she started pawing at it some and because it seemed to get worse in a couple days. So we had a vet look at it and the vet was somewhat concerned about the conjunctiva on the outside corner of the eye (it doesn't involve the third eyelid and it's not cherry eye). The vet prescribed an ointment with antibiotic and steroid to try to clear it up and said to bring the dog back in a week.

After a week, some of the redness and inflammation diminished but there was still a sort of growth or something on the conjunctiva on the outer corner of the eye, which concerns the vet. So the vet switched us from the ointment to drops (with antibiotic and steroid). If this does not clear it up, the vet wants to have the dog sedated and cut out a small piece of this "growth" to send it off for a biopsy.

After a few days on the drops, the growth continues to be there.

At the present time, the eye does not seem uncomfortable to the dog and she is in otherwise good health.

Does anyone have any experience with this type of situation?

We may try to see an eye specialist if the "growth" doesn't clear up.

Thanks in advance

Note: It is the dog's right eye; so in the pictures the left part of the picture is the outside corner of the eye.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hum - not nice. Frankie has rather prounced conjunctiva, on the inner edge of the eyes both. I thought it might be cherry eye although it's not typical. I had my own vet here, the one who specialises in eyes, look at it, but he just muttered something about if he didn't have quite as much haw showing (droop) it wouldn't be so obvious and he 'could operate, but it might not work and as it affected both eyes, could end up looking 'odd'. Nice. He's not the most communicative of individuals. I asked him to give me a referral to the BVA's eye specialist because I was worried about what was going on. 150.+ later from what was a barely 20 minute consulatation (most of which was taken up in giving him history, which he would/should have had from my vet), some eye ointment (he'd been given the same but in drop form by my vet) and Metacam (which gave him the runs in truth) I was realy no further on. He talked about looking at him again in a month, but to be honest, at that cost, given this doesn't bother him, I didn't go back. Some days he looks more inflammed than others at which point I put some ointment in which helps. And if needed, I'll take him back to my own vet.

What I'm seeing with mine isn't how your girls eye looks - that does indeed look more like a growth of some sort. I'd suggest you do go for the specialist, but I hope you have a deep pocket!!
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes Otto had a fast growing cyst in the outer corner of his right eye, was given antibiotic drops for sometime (a week/two weeks, sorry have a dreadful memory) & although it didn't appear to worry him too much it did continued to grow. So poor little boy had it removed 18 months ago, they had to cut the corner of his eye lid to get to it, came home the same day wearing a collar which just terrified him. Neither boys have ever needed to wear one after surgery as they've not worried or licked. Every time he moved he drove his head into the floor so bought him a soft collar, which was even worse as he refused to move at all & just shook with fright. Both were pointless as he could rub his eye within the collar anyway, so gave up & someone stayed with him twenty fours hours a day for 2 weeks. Biopsy came back that it was due to autoimmune (can't remember the name of it but do remember being told it would have been painful), he was given steroids for some months as it was suggested that he would more than likely develop another but his vet suggested we reduce the meds slowly. It (am I tempting fate by saying this) has not reappeared, he is off steroids which is great as other problems require the help of NSAIDS (which can't be taken with steroids), keep his eyes fresh & clean by bathing with diluted euphrasia 2/3 times a day, he also has blocked tear ducts. So far so good, just check his eyes every day, they do get a little red but if they start to worry him, have antibiotic drops that I can give him for a couple of days till they're back to normal.

Looked up what it was, Nodular Granulomatous Episcleritis.

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Old 05-18-2013, 02:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing your stories. I am happy to report that the "growth" has diminished. It took several days and I didn't think it was going to get any better but it has gradually improved. I don't think it's completely normal yet but it seems to be getting close. She is going to be on the steroid/antibiotic drops for a few more days (she has been on them for about 10 days). The vet still suggests a biopsy if it doesn't completely clear up so I hope it does.

Since my girl is easily frightened by noises, I think a collar would terrify her, too, although my male has had to wear one a few times and it doesn't bother him much at all.
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