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Lump or Swelling – Head or Neck

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and don’t let your dog scratch their eye

  • Contact the emergency hospital before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your dog. The emergency vet will likely need to sedate your dog, and in these cases it is ideal if your dog doesn’t have a full stomach.
  • Don’t let your dog rub/scratch their eye. Put a cone on them if you have one.


Why it’s an emergency

Swelling in the eye needs to be addressed ASAP to prevent loss of function

  • Lumps and swellings have a wide range of causes, including insect stings or bites, bruises or strains, fractures, abscesses, and tumors. Your vet may need to examine your dog carefully to determine the exact cause.
  • Swellings on or around the eye may indicate infection, injury, or tumors. Eyes are sensitive structures and prognosis is better with earlier intervention. This situation is time sensitive and requires specialists with specialized equipment.


First aid tips

Keep your dog quiet

  • Try to keep your dog calm and quiet, and restrict exercise to only bathroom breaks
  • Remove items in your dog’s environment that they can bump their eye into
  • Learn more about skin lumps and masses in dogs


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