Q. I noticed my 2 year old red lab has like what seems to be a birth mark on his lower left eyelid by the tear duct corner

A. If the mark suddenly appeared but is not bothersome to your dog, it may be best to just monitor the area for any changes. It is possible there is just a darkening of the skin in that area, however it should have an eye kept on it to check for changes such as suddenly growing in size, becoming itchy or bothersome to your dog, or affecting the ability of the eye and tear duct to work. If the area is bothersome, or changes/worsens, then scheduling a veterinary appointment to have the site looked at is best. If your dog is attempting to scratch at it, an Elizabethan (cone) collar can be used to stop him from doing so until your vet can examine it.

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