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Cherry eye in dogs – Pet tip 122

Any owner of a dog who has had “cherry eye” will tell you that it is not a pretty sight. Perhaps you have witnessed it yourself and have seen the large red mass bulging out of the inner corner of a dog’s eye, from which the name ‘cherry eye’ originated. While not the most visually appealing condition (for the owners or the afflicted dog), cherry eye is actually a fairly common and benign occurrence in many breeds of dogs.

Though it may appear somewhat like a tumour or even an awfully big bug bite, the ‘cherry’ on your dog’s eye is actually a prolapsed (or popped out) gland. Known by veterinarians as the nictitans gland, this gland is present in the third eyelid of dogs and aids in the production of tears. Unlike humans, many animals possess this third eyelid which closes horizontally across the eye to provide extra protection and moisture.

Owner:
Rick & Erin Thirsk
City:
Saskatoon
Province, Country:
SK, Canada
Type/Breed:
Lab X
Date of Birth:
unknown
Date of Death
March 2002
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Brown
Eye Colour:
Brown

Max was a sweet, playful, affectionate dog that we had for six weeks. He loved playing with our other dog Soda and our cats Harley and Davidson, and the kids. We got Max when he was a year old, and enjoyed every minute with him. Tragically one day, he bit our daughter, she required stitches.  Unsure why, thinking he may have gotten hurt and was very loving after, (our daughter wanted him to stay), we gave him a second chance, the next morning he nipped at our son and the decision was made to put him to sleep. We miss him.

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