new dark pigment on Jasper's eye - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Missy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,746
Submit Photo: 27
Photo Submissions 48 Times in 35 Posts
new dark pigment on Jasper's eye

Jasper has had a black freckle looking thing on the inner corner of his left eye for about 6 months. When It first started I showed it to the vet who said, it is not raised, don't worry, it's like an age spot (Jasper is four.) In six months it has doubled in size, it is still not raised. This is his eye that tears more.

I showed it to her again today. She is leaving the practice we go to (I love her and I'm very sad- it is possible I will follow her for some things but it is a lot further away) so I asked her opinion on it as well as all the other things on both dogs since I am worried it will be some time before I have good repore with another vet. She still thought it was probably just an age spot, but thought if I was worried I could take him to a dermatologist. So should I?

Has anyone had any experience with changing pigment? I am of course concerned that Jasper will have to go through a biopsy, and also a bit concerned about the cost associated with going to specialists who love to test...but on the other hand, if it is melanoma, it would be good to catch it early. What would you do if your vet really thought there was no concern, but to be safe suggested a consult?

I will try and get a picture tomorrow.




Missy, Jasper & Cash
Missy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 08:31 PM
Mom to Josh and Izzy
 
Mraymo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,419
Submit Photo: 12
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is it just a change in his pigment? Is the skin around his eye light but it's turning dark? I wonder if it's possible that his skin pigment is changing just like they change hair color. I'm not sure what I'd do. If it isn't raised, maybe it's nothing. You'll have to figure out if you need to go to the specialist to ease your mind or if you're okay waiting and see what happens.

Marianne
Mraymo is offline  
post #3 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 08:32 PM
Member
 
Lindzarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 31
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
since it is growing my guess would be that it is an wound that isn't healing.

Several options I have heard of are that it could be a small metal object that is actually causing a rust ring in the eye

or it could be a wound that isn't healing properly.

or it could be a cyst in the eye. I have read that if it moves like when the dog is on its back or standing up or whatever gravity changes the position of the spot. normally cysts aren't anything to worry about unless the eye becomes inflamed.

Gizmo's mom!
Lindzarie is offline  
 
post #4 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 08:43 PM
Senior Member
 
Pixiesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Fla
Posts: 2,815
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 10 Posts
Missy-
Maybe this link will help-I was thinking it sounds like the "mucocutaneous hypopigmentation" one-and it just sounds like just a spot on the area. I could definitely be wrong though.http://www.drjwv.com/faq/?view=46&na...ment%20Changes

Beth, Pixie Puff and MiG too
Pixiesmom is offline  
post #5 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Missy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,746
Submit Photo: 27
Photo Submissions 48 Times in 35 Posts
great link Beth. Thank you.




Missy, Jasper & Cash
Missy is offline  
post #6 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 01:05 AM
My Dogs Mom
 
mellowbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Carlsbad, Ca
Posts: 3,476
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 11 Posts
Gosh Missy, I'm sorry. I know how worried you probably are. Is there a dermatologist near you. You could take him in but before I would let him do a biopsy I would really want to know that there is a real concern. Hopefully he can re-assure you that it is just fine.

Carole
Vinny, Lulu, Gabby and Richie too!


Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
mellowbo is offline  
post #7 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 10:21 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 4,302
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 3 Times in 2 Posts
I hope you can get a picture of it. I'd like to see what you mean. In Chinese Cresteds (nekkids) they will start with perfect skin but by about 3 years old they will be getting spots on their skin. Not the lovely spotted skin that some have but they look like age spots somaybe that is all it is. Phoebe is four and is starting to get some. I've had melanomas removed from Chingy before and they are dark, uneven borders and raised. She has plenty of age spots on her skin but you want to watch dogs for the same things that we watch our skin for.

I'll be curious to see your picture. Phoebs also has a darker spot that showed on the skin in the corner of her eye about 6 months ago. I tried to get pics but my camera battery needs charging. I'll try again later once I get it charged.
good buddy is offline  
post #8 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 10:34 AM
Senior Member
 
mintchip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: SF area
Posts: 6,425
Submit Photo: 63
Photo Submissions 62 Times in 48 Posts
((((((((((Jasper and Missy)))))))))))))
We hope everything is OK

Sally,((Oliver)) Comet and Pennie too!
The best things in life are not things!
mintchip is offline  
post #9 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Missy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,746
Submit Photo: 27
Photo Submissions 48 Times in 35 Posts
so here is a close up. you can see that it is always wet there. It is also possible that I or the groomer could have knicked him at one point. It started as just a spot on the lower corner and now as you can see it is growing. but it is not raised. you can also see how fair his skin is.




Missy, Jasper & Cash

Last edited by Missy; 08-11-2010 at 09:23 AM.
Missy is offline  
post #10 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Missy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,746
Submit Photo: 27
Photo Submissions 48 Times in 35 Posts
and here's one of my favorite pictures of Jas from a few years ago...when his eye was all pink

This is the melt-my-heart photo




Missy, Jasper & Cash

Last edited by Missy; 08-11-2010 at 09:23 AM.
Missy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome