Pink Bump On Dog’s Eyelid – Causes And Treatment

An unknown scary-looking bump on a dogs’ eyelid can be frightening to a dog owner, especially when it seems to emerge overnight.

However, 80% of bumps on dogs’ eyelids are noncancerous. It means they can easily be treated without intensive surgery.­­

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Nevertheless, bumps on a dogs’ eyelid do present some concern, and they should be treated. Asides from the fact that this bump changes the dogs’ look, leaving the bump can create some problems for the dog.

The longer the bump remains on the dogs’ eyelid, the more likely the eye can get exposed to infections. It can endanger the dogs’ vision eventually.

What Are Those Pink Bumps On The Dogs’ Eyelid?

Dogs have three eyelids in each eye. The first eyelid is located below the eyebrows, the second above the cheek, and the third eyelid is close to the nose bone.

The third eyelid is one of the tissues that protect the dogs’ eyes. The third eyelid uses the preocular tear film to wipe off dust, debris, and other junk away from the eye.

At the base of the third eyelid is one of the glands responsible for shedding tears. The gland provides the eye with comfort and protection from the tears produced.

This gland is called the nictitans gland. This gland can sometimes inflate and change position from the base where the third eyelid is located.

When this happens, it can be seen in the form of a pink bump on the dogs’ eyelid. This condition is also known as cherry eye.

What Are The Causes Of The Pink Bump On The Dogs’ Eyelid?

1. Injury

The cherry eye can pop out of a dogs’ eyelid when the nictitans gland weakens. This can be eventually seen as a swollen pink bump.

The nictitans gland can become weak as a result of an injury to the third eyelid. The glad can also be weak as a result of consistent rubbing of the eyes with paws.

2. Breed Predisposition

The swollen bump can occur with any dog breed with a weak nictitans gland. However, some breeds are prone to this condition.

It includes Poodle, Bulldog, Shih Tzus, Cocker Spaniel, Lhasa Apsos, Beagle, and Boston terrier.

Brachycephalic breeds are dogs with a flattened area at the back of the head, short snouts, short throat, and short limbs.

These dog breeds often develop the pink bump, especially puppies under a year old.

The pink bump is not life-threatening in dogs and is not extremely painful.

Will The Pink Bump Leave Without Treating It?

One of the issues dogs face with cherry eyes is that the presence of the bump can be itchy to the dog.

Nevertheless, dogs can irritate it further by rubbing the infected eye with their paws if left untreated. It can lead to an eye infection like conjunctivitis (pink eye).

It could also create an open wound and can lead to a corneal ulcer.

The presence of the bump would also make it difficult for dogs to close the infected eye. Being that the gland responsible for producing tears is inflamed, the production of tears will be reduced.

It can give rise to long-term eye problems like corneal damage or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye). The eye does not have enough tears to wipe away foreign substances that can infect the eye.

Will the pink bump disappear from the dogs’ eyelid without treating it? The possibility of the pink bump on a dogs’ eyelid disappearing is highly unlikely.

It is because dogs can be uncomfortable with a portion of their eye blocked. They tend to rub or scratch the infected eye with their paw, which will only worsen the condition.

If one eye is infected in dogs prone to cherry eye, they are likely to have both eyes infected.

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How To Treat The Pink Bumps On Dogs’ Eyelid?


The pink bump can become noticeable and develop quickly once the nictitans gland at the base of the third eyelid weakens. The gland eventually stretches out of the third eyelid.

If the pink bump is caught early, the swollen gland can be massaged back to the position it popped out from.

To do this, close the dogs’ eye and gently massage the pink bump back into the eye socket. Don’t touch the pink bump; hold the dogs’ eye closed and massage it closed; else it can provoke further irritation.

For instance, if the pink bump is located at the right side of the dogs’ eye, close the dogs’ eye. Then gently massage in the direction towards the dogs’ snout.

If the bump is located at the left side of the dogs’ eye, close the dogs’ eye. Then repeat the same procedure above.

Gently massage the infected eye for about two minutes, then check the progress of the regressed bump.

This procedure is most effective when the pink bump is small and caught at an early stage. This procedure may or may not work if the pink bump has grown big and has taken weeks to develop.

Surgical Operation

Surgical treatment is the most common means of treatment for the cherry eye. For dog owners with little to no experience in the medical field, an appointment with a veterinarian will be required.

Additional inquires and the breakdown of the surgical process that will be conducted can be explained by the vet.

Examples of surgical procedures include the anchoring method, the pocket method, and the removal method.

The Anchoring method involves stitching the inflamed gland to the globe. The pocket method requires stitching the tissues around the displaced position of the inflamed gland.

The stitched tissue would then be enclosed in a layer of the conjunctiva. The removal method involves removing the inflamed gland from the third eyelid.

Removal of the inflamed gland can prove to be lethal in the long term. It is because the removed nictitans gland is responsible for producing tear film across the eye.

The production of tears is essential to protect the eye. The absence of the tear film could trigger eye infections like keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye).

Non-surgical Operation

Surgical operations can be expensive, as an alternative non-surgical treatment can be approached by applying ointments to the infected eye.

Ointments can be used to treat the infected eye. It includes Steroids, Doxycycline (antibiotic), Rymadil (which is an anti-inflammation drug that helps reduce the swollen eye), and Matovit syrup (multivitamin).

Make additional inquires from a vet about the dosage and the chances of getting the pink bump treated using non-surgical operations.

This medication can be given for a period of 14 days. They are most effective when the pink bump is caught at an early stage.

What Is The Best Method?

Depending on the size of the bump, each procedure can be taken conversely for effective results.

Removing the inflamed gland would be the most effective treatment procedure, but this procedure can prove fatal in the long run.

The next effective treatment procedure would be the pocket method surgical operation. The pocket method is preferable compared to the anchoring method.

It is because the pocket method is easy for veterinarians to learn. The anchoring method is not as effective because it has a high probability of re-occurrence.

The non-surgical and massage approach are also feasible. However, they are most effective when the pink bump is caught at an early stage.