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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:
Michelle Uvanile
City:
Thunder Bay
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Border Collie/LabX
Date of Birth:
May 1995
Date of Death
April 15, 2008
Sex:
Female
Height:
22
Weight:
64
Coat Colour:
Black and White
Eye Colour:
Golden

Chasing my ball, swimming and camping are my favourite things to do.  Show me a Pupperoni and I'll do any trick you want without commands.( that goes for cheese too)  My stuffed toys are my favorite, and at midnight I usually spend 20 minutes throwing them and chasing them around the house.  On my down time I've earned the reputation as a "lounge queen" as stretching out on the sofa is what relaxing is all about. I am really afraid of cats and I am a royal terror at the Vet's office.  My most embarrassing moment was at the park chasing a ball and then running head first into a cement post, while checking out another dog.  Gotta watch where your going.  ...


Ima was an incredible family member. She will remain in our hearts forever.

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