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Tiny bumps around dog's eyes?
Sunshi500 posted:
A couple months ago, our 1 yr old Aussie mix developed a tiny white bump under his eye. We assumed it was a doggie stye, and kept an eye on it. After about a month, it started to go away, but then suddenly we noticed he has a bunch of tiny bumps around his eyes now that are grayish in color. They do not seem to bother him it all, and are sometimes more noticeable than others. He wears Frontline for flea/tick prevention, so I'm hoping this isn't any sort of mite bites or something. Is it possible that this is just an allergy? He does spend lots of time in his grandma's garden, so we wonder if that has something to do with it. Has anyone had this problem before? We are reluctant to take him to the doctor and waste the $50 office visit if it is just allergies. Hoping for some advice!
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear Sunshi,

It is always hard to tell what is going on with doggies on the web even though you have provided a great description.

It may be allergies and these may be little hair follicles. Are his eyes clear and not reddened? No irritation of the cornea or clear part? I don't really think they are tick bites.

If the eyes are clear and the bumps aren't extending in toward the lids, not oozing, etc. then I would just watch at this time. If they get large, the eyes start to tear, etc. your vet is your best bet. Any association with the garden visits?

Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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