Meibomian gland tumors are a benign growth of the oily producing tear glands located along the eyelid. These growths are considered benign because they don't spread deep into tissues or spread to distant areas like the lungs or lymph nodes, but they can get quite large and interfere with eyesight, rub on the eye causing the eye to tear more, and make the dog uncomfortable. They tend to be brown or black in color and can hang from the eyelid as they get bigger, rubbing the eye. If they rub on the eye and cause an ulcer surgery is highly recommended.
Sometimes we can lance and drain them like a cyst but this rarely works, and if we need to sedate her to lance it then at that point surgery is a much better option. I do recommend removing them before they take up a big portion of the eyelid and become uncomfortable. It is usually a short surgery requiring just a few stitches, and the dogs feel much better once the growth is gone.
If you have decided surgery is not an option then you can warm compress the area twice daily, keep it clean, and apply an artificial tear ointment on the growth and her eye to protect her eye, keep the growth soft, and keep her more comfortable. You can purchase these ointments over the counter at the drug store, as dogs use the same products that people use. Here are some examples:
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